April started with me sitting down with my trainer working out a plan of action now I’m heading back to work, and focusing more on running events, rather than the OCR races that I have spent the last two years doing. We have taken our training back onto the beautiful Firehills to allow me to get in some hill training on trail to start to prepare me for a couple of tough trail half marathons coming up in May.
After our first session up there, we sat down with a cuppa and worked out what I would be doing when, I told Adam (my trainer) what I wanted to do which it turns out added up to between 7 and 9 hours of exercise a week, a combination of running and classes with three different fitness companies as well as my PT sessions. He laughed at me and said that he might be concerned if some people suggested this, but that I should be fine (In other words, give it a go, but you’ll probably break yourself!!)
It’s all set up so that I can skip or swap things around as and when I need to so hopefully I won’t actually break myself, but in my true overenthusiastic style when I start something new, my first week, I ran more than I was supposed to (in fairness I wasn’t at work yet) and by Thursday was a bit concerned that I might have bitten off more than I can chew (I think I was in equal parts disappointed and relieved when my PT session had to be cancelled that day, but I still had a bootcamp session that evening)
I was really able to get stuck into training as we moved through April as I had only one race booked in, the Angmering Bluebell trail run in the South Downs, and to try and start getting the OCR bug back, I also decided to take a weekend off to go and watch the first Dirty Dozen race of the season and cheer some friends on, a bit of a weird experience for me to not be racing, but quite good fun, and Doug did offer me the chance to run in what I was wearing if I wanted to, which I considered for about 30 seconds before deciding against it, but really appreciating the offer none-the-less.
Angmering Bluebell Run – 10 Mile
For my one and only race in April I travelled with hubby Phil an hour and a half away from home to Angmering, a village outside of Worthing for a bluebell trail run. You could choose to run either 10km or 10 miles, and we had selected the latter, setting off in the chilly morning at 10.30am, along a road before heading into some woodland with carpets of bluebells amongst the trees which give the run its name.
There were also some stunning views over the surrounding countryside from the top of the hilly areas of the run, as well as fields full of cows, sheep, lambs and donkeys to look at as you ran by. The website had said to wear suitable footwear as some of the tails were muddy, but actually the terrain was on a lot of paved paths, gravel paths and hard packed ground, with a little running on grass, and any mud was pretty easily avoided so the use of my Icebugs felt like overkill and I think I would have been more comfortable in my normal road running trainers, which I would wear if I did this again, unless there had been a lot of rain before hand. This run is not one for medal hunters as the only thing you get at the end is a clif bar, however it is a lovely and well organised run that I would do again.
Next month I’ve made the potentially foolish decision to run two trail half marathons, which are only a week apart, so watch this space for how I get on at the Bewl Water half and the JD Pippingford half, I’ve put in a lot of training miles this month (over 100) so hopefully I’ll get through OK, but whatever happens, I’m looking forward to the challenge.