Leg Day | Great South Run 2016

At the weekend I ran my second Great South Run- a ten mile route that takes you through Portsmouth and past its landmarks alongside thousands of other runners, joggers and walkers. Event days are the days I become pretty dramatic: tears everywhere. Alongside feeling a smidge proud, I have no problem with tearing up while I watch strangers run awesomely, achieving their personal bests or completing something they never thought they could. So on top of getting a personal best and watching my mum complete 10 miles with the biggest grin on her face, Lewis, my friend who suffered from a brain haemorrhage earlier this year came to watch.

ALL THE TEARS.

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I turned up with Aaron and his sister, Hannah, dressed in my bright pink St. George’s Hospital Charity t-shirt, feeling only excited to get across the start line. I was pretending to be miserable about the hyper warm up they get the runners to do beforehand but I was secretly so excited to squat with a thousand or so other people. As soon as we stepped foot into Portsmouth the atmosphere was so easy to get caught up in. And I turned up more confident than ever and so excited to run 10 miles for St. George’s Hospital Charity, the hospital who have looked after my friend super well- and continue to do so.

The weather, like last year, was perfect. Last year it was too perfect for my liking: too sunny; too warm; too “not my kind of running weather.” This year, with a slight breeze that was my absolute best pal throughout the race, I just felt excited. My water bottle was most certainly half full on Sunday. And I continued to be excited for the whole 10 miles- so relaxed and excited I was actually worried I needed to panic a little more.

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I finished the run in 01:25:18 and was so delighted, albeit shocked. Throughout the race I did feel as though I had more to give (but worried I’d use up too much energy if I did run a little faster) and I think I did have two or three minutes faster in me… Yet I couldn’t have been happier when I crossed the line, very aware I smashed my PB. After a further year of running under my belt than last year, I felt way more focused during the run, super comfortable and as though I was slightly indestructible.

Oh, how I was wrong.

As strong as I might have felt for the whole run, at mile six, I felt the blisters. Do. Their. Thang. And they did their thang well. Although getting better now, for two days afterwards, my left foot essentially gave up on me. I didn’t have the excruciating pain in my legs that followed Great South Run 2015 for about two weeks, but I experienced The Killer Blister, which made every aspect of walking pretty unbearable. It’s all bandaged now and I’ve stopped complaining… a little bit.

After being greeted at the finish line by a grinning Aaron and Hannah, handmade poster in hand, we found Lewis, his mum and his brother. Yes, I look like a grinning tomato because of running ten miles and yet (of course) it’s nothing in comparison to Lewis’s 7 months of terrible… And despite all of the bad luck that has been thrown his way, he looks ACE, while still recovering from the nasty stroke. So far I have raised £374 plus gift aid and there is still plenty of time to donate if you can spare anything at all! I am super thankful for the amazing donations I’ve got so far- Lewis and the hospital deserve it!

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We found a spot at about 100m away from the finish line, now with a poster for my mum in my hands, and soon enough there was my mumma kicking butt. For my mum’s 50th birthday I wrote her a book of 50 challenges (HER BLOG explains it more) and a few weeks before Sunday I’d started to feel really bad that a challenge included running the Great South Run. By the time Sunday rolled about I got a text from my mum as she was arriving saying she was “very excited.”

Just before my mum crossed the line to get an incredible time of 02:02:55, she spotted us as I screamed (super proud daughter) and she gave us the biggest grin and a wave, looking like she’d run half a mile- not 9.5 more! Of course I felt my voice break as I shouted all of my pride out at once and burst into all of the happy tears. Just a year before, when I finished the Great South, she said “I’ll stick to my 5k runs, thank you!” A year later, at 50 years old, my mum ran 10 miles- and she ran the whole way!

Brilliant weather was felt by even better company on Sunday. I was handed a smashing goodybag – why else do I turn up to go for a run at ten o’clock on a Sunday morning? – and Lewis, his mum and I had sandwiches and a cream tea afterwards. It was as close to Christmas Day as you could get in October. It’s safe to say I was very worn out by the time evening came about, but all in all, a jolly day was had by all!

~ Kat ~

My Week in Cardiff | Great South Run Training

Exercising while being at university is made all the more inviting by the amazing park a ten minute walk from my house. Bute Park: the place that makes up for the lack of beach that I miss so much from home. As well as that I have Roath Park round the corner for walks and runs and the gym is a fifteen minute walk away. During summer I wrote a post about all of the exercise I did in a week and so I thought I’d write out what I did from Friday 14th October to Thursday 15th October because that’s when any intense training will stop before I run the Great South Run!

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FRIDAY (arms)

  • 12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb seated dip
  • 12 x 20lb/12 x 25lb/8 x 30lb/4 x 35lb biceps curl
  • 12 x 25lb/12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb shoulder press
  • 12 x 20lb/12 x 25lb/12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/6 x 40lb triceps extension
  • 12 x 25lb/12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb triceps pull down exercise on functional trainer
  • 12 x 4kg/12 x 4kg/12 x 4kg dumbbells
  • 30 minutes walking altogether

SATURDAY (legs and abs) 

  • Cardiff Parkrun (5k in 25:06 minutes)
  • 10 minutes on the cycling machine
  • 12 x 130lb/12 x 140lb/12 x 150lb/12 x 160lb leg press
  • 12 x 75lb/12 x 85lb/12 x 95lb/12 x 105lb outer thigh
  • 12 x 75lb/12 x 85lb/12 x 95lb/12 x 105lb inner thigh
  • 12 x 70lb/12 x 80lb/12 x 90lb/12 x 100lb leg extension
  • 20 x 8kg/20 x 8kg/20 x 8kg tippy toe walk with kettlebells
  • 10 x 8kg/10 x 8kg/10 x 8kg lunges with kettlebells 
  • F-AB-ulous Session
  • 1 hour 15 minutes walking altogether

SUNDAY (arms)

  • 12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb/12 x 50lb seated dip
  • 12 x 25lb/12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb triceps pull down exercise on functional trainer
  • 12 x 15lb/12 x 20lb/12 x 25lb/12 x 30lb overhead triceps exercise on functional trainer
  • 12 x 3kg/12 x 4kg/12 x 5kg dumbbells
  • 12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb triceps extension
  • 12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb shoulder press
  • 12 x 15lb/12 x 20lb/10 x 25lb/12 x 30lb/6 x 30lb biceps curl
  • 2 hours walking altogether

MONDAY (arms- I shouldn’t have done arms two days in a row but they felt fine when my legs didn’t however when it came to some of the exercises I did end up struggling-lesson learnt!)

  • 12 x 15lb/12 x 20lb/12 x 25lb/10 x 30lb biceps curl
  • 12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb/12 x 50lb shoulder press
  • 12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/7 x 45lb triceps extension
  • 12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb/12 x 50lb seated dip
  • 12 x 25lb/12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb triceps pull down exercise on functional trainer
  • Reached my limit!
  • 30 minutes of walking

TUESDAY (legs)

  • 10 minute cycle on a cycling machine
  • 12 x 60lb/12 x 70lb/12 x 80lb/12 x 90lb outer thigh 
  • 12 x 60lb/12 x 70lb/12 x 80lb/12 x 90lb inner thigh
  • 12 x 110lb/12 x 120lb/12 x 130lb/12 x 150lb leg press
  • 12 x 60lb/12 x 60lb/12 x 80lb/12 x 90lb leg extension
  • 10 x 8kg/10 x 8kg lunges with kettlebells (I was struggling too much to do another)
  • 30 minutes of walking

WEDNESDAY (arms and legs)

  • 12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 50lb triceps pull down exercise on functional trainer
  • 12 x 15lb/12 x 20lb/12  x 25lb/12 x 30lb/6 x 35lb overhead triceps exercise on functional trainer
  • 12 x 15lb/12 x 20lb/12 x 25lb/12 x 30lb biceps curl
  • 12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb/12 x 50lb seated dip
  • 12 x 30lb/12 x 35lb/12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb triceps extension
  • 12 x 40lb/12 x 45lb/12 x 50lb/12 x 55lb shoulder press
  • 500m sprint on the rowin machine
  • 8 mile run!
  • 30 minutes of walking

THURSDAY (legs)

  • 10 minutes on the cycling machine
  • 12 x 70lb/12 x 80lb/12 x 90lb/12 x 100lb inner thigh
  • 12 x 70lb/12 x 80lb/12 x 90lb/12 x 100lb outer thigh
  • 12 x 130lb/12 x 140lb/12 x 150lb/12 x 160lb leg press
  • 12 x 70lb/12 x 80lb/12 x 90lb/12 x 100lb leg extension
  • 30 minutes of walking

I’m still getting back into training at my Cardiff gym- it’s something that really challenges me and I love it. I have become stronger in the last month and am excited to change up my workouts there in the next couple of months. My exercise doesn’t vary quite as much at university in comparison to at home because of my Zumba classes, swimming, badminton and tennis sessions. I also was so busy last week I didn’t manage to get in my ab training as much as normal and I didn’t train my hips like I like to do too. All in all it was a good run up (waheey) to tomorrow’s Great South Run. My body is feeling good after a rest day yesterday and a nice 45 minute walk this morning.

Bring it on, eek!

~ Kat ~

P.S. Tomorrow isn’t about me at all- it’s about raising as much money as possible for St. George’s Hospital Charity after they looked after my friend, Lewis, after he suffered from a brain haemorrhage. If you could spare anything at all I would be massively grateful! HERE is the link if you want to find out more!

The Dress Rehearsal | Great South Run Training

Today, as afternoon turned into late afternoon, I performed (ran) my dress rehearsal (last run before the Great South Run on Sunday) around Roath Park, one of my absolute favourite places in the world, let alone just Cardiff. Some people might find running laps of a place really mundane and the furthest from motivating but it’s hard to find an eight mile run boring when you have Roath Park as your company.

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So I ran a steady eight miles; a really easy pace. On a really lovely autumnal, pretty grey afternoon. Slightly drizzly; very leafy; a teeny bit chilly. A lot of birds creating traffic on the pathway, not caring less about the humans- exactly how it should be! It was the weather I would love Sunday to bring- although I do love a bit more of a blue sky to accompany me.

*Warning: pat on my back time.* I can feel how much I have improved over the last year. My easy-going pace is a lot faster than it used to be- I find a quicker run to what I would have been doing last year super chill and lovely. To feel genuine improvements and see them on my Strava app makes me delighted. I knew it was worthwhile anyway, but it does prove this running lark is worth the effort!

It’s just about three days until I run the Great South Run for St. George’s Street Hospital and I really can’t wait. Today brought my last run (although a little bit more training is to come) before the day and it was steady but super strong and I finished it thinking I could run miles more. Smug git. It’ll be awesome to be home for the weekend and incredible to experience my favourite run all over again. I know I can beat last year’s time- to what degree, I’m not sure. Although I’ll be proud of myself should I beat my personal best, I want to smash it mainly for the amazing charity I’m running it for so I hope I can kick some butt.

~ Kat ~

What I Eat | Event Morning

Two weeks ago I ran the Cardiff Half Marathon and since I documented what I ate the day before my last running event, I thought I’d document what I ate on the morning of this event (even if I am posting it super duper late!). Everyone is different when it comes to food, and eating patterns are so individual when it comes to running too. I personally have to eat A LOT in the morning as it is, and this, for sure, applies even more so on event days. A lot of people find how much I eat horrifying- as in, people genuinely gasp and look a little upset. But each to their own. Or that’s what I try to convince myself anyway!

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After waking up to a big glass of water, I made myself porridge with almond milk, Greek yogurt, raspberries and honey. I don’t love porridge but really wish I did. Its benefits are obviously glorious and I believe they are very useful for runners. I won’t eat it without a giant sprinkling of my favourite foods on top, though (essentially I’m that kid that has to have ketchup with their carrots so that they eat them).

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As I got ready, as well as sipping on lots of water and a mango tea, I drunk my favourite smoothie – The 9AM Lecture Smoothie – and ate a banana too. A smoothie full of lots of different fruit always makes me feel full, healthy and ready to burn some energy and, of course, a banana is one of the greatest things for before a run. These kind of snacks make me feel mentally prepared and able to run a race.

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As I was walking to the event I needed something to munch on so that I knew for sure during the race that I’m wasn’t actually hungry (I often crave food, I think, because I’m worried I’ll get so hungry and have no energy to run on). I munched on half a big tub of mango which also helped any nerves that might have been lurking because I was heading down to the start line by myself which doesn’t often happen.

This is the kind of structure of my event mornings in terms of food. A lot of people wouldn’t even eat a quarter of this but it’s 100% what my body needs to feel confident, ready and genuinely able during any run.

~ Kat ~

The 9am Lecture Smoothie

Despite being conditioned to wake up and get to school for six hour days (how I did it I’ll never know!) between 8-9 before university, as students, we revert to toddlers. Who need coerced into doing the right thing with treats. As many treats as possible. We are no longer capable of getting to university for 9am for potentially just a one hour lecture without a string of complaints. But the treat that does make my 9am lectures doable is this juicy and refreshing smoothie that not only wakes me up but tries to protect me from all of the colds going down. Thank you, passion fruit.

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Ingredients | For one sleepy student

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 100g frozen raspberries
  • 1 passion fruit
  • 1 Medjool date
  • A splash of apple juice
  • 100ml coconut water
  • A splash of water

Method

1. Chuck it all in (take out the seed from the date), whizz it up, screw on the lid and get to the lecture!


I only heard about freezing bananas this year and it’s the best trick. As soon as they’re getting to the stage where they’re a little too ripe, chuck it/them into a freezer bag and pop them in the freezer. They make smoothies SO creamy and sweet.

~ Kat ~

The 114 Day Little Black Dress Challenge

I don’t need to explain to anyone that way too many of us feel pressure about our weight and how we look because of society, the media and the general “consensus” of how we “should” and “should” not look. Boys, girls, men and women. Between the ages of 14-17 I hated how I looked. Cardigans to cover my arms. T-shirts- never vests. Jeans and a top for an evening out with my friends instead of getting dressed up in case I looked “chubby.” Despite the fact I wanted to dress up. Now, with a healthier attitude towards food and – more importantly – how I should feel about my body (our bodies help us every single day so why do we give it such a hard time?!), I dress and feel how I want to feel about my arms and whatnot because I wasn’t raised to hate how I look; I learnt that from distorted information presented all around me. I am confident about how I look now- like we all should be. But I do have one goal I still need to achieve. *Queue a piano, a spotlight and an audience to hear my saaanng my song.*

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Pretty irrelevant picture of me and my black dress

Aim: To buy my dream little black dress for my 21st birthday and have 17 year old me be super proud of me when I wear it!

I don’t weigh myself. Scales shmales. Or at least I don’t go out of my way to do so. I probably weigh myself every 3-4 months out of curiosity because it hasn’t crossed my mind for 3-4 months. I go by how I feel in my clothes and how I feel in general. I go by how I look in photographs and how I can compare myself happily in new photographs to old photographs (or less “happily” and I’ll work from there). And I work out what I want to maintain in my lifestyle and what I need to change to reach any goals/maintain how I feel.

I have never felt as motivated about food and fitness as I feel right now and I want to use this to reach a goal. I work on my arms constantly and I know they have changed and toned up but I still have 17 year old me whispering I should wear a cardigan just in case. Which I don’t do anymore but I do wear a blazer over my current black dress for a little bit before I dare to take it off.

So this is how it’s going to go. While I stick to eating in my own balanced way and exercising like I do (this is the way I will reach my goal), I will:

  • Take a picture of myself every single day (for 114 days!) in the little black dress I do own (to physically see how you change is supposed to be one of the best tools)
  • Wear the black dress I do own by Christmas- more confidently than ever
  • Every day write down what I eat and how much water I drink as well as the exercise I do
  • Buy my dream little black dress for my 21st birthday
  • Wear my dream little black dress on my birthday and blog about it

By the 9th February 2017 I want to wear a little black dress to celebrate turning 21 and fling my arms all about the place. Of course I won’t then give up on 10th February; I just want to treat the 9th as a day where not only do I get to celebrate being 21 but celebrate adding a bit more body confidence to my life! (I might just make my own motivational fitness DVD while I’m being so inspirational.) I was going to wait to start this challenge when it was a bit more of a nicer number like 100 days, but my goal of wearing a little black dress shouldn’t wait any longer.

Tomorrow starts my new little black dress life. FIST PUMPS ALL ROUND.

~ Kat ~

A Run with a View | Autumnal Cardiff Parkrun

Today I ran my fourth Parkrun- my second Cardiff Parkrun. The sky was the type of blue that made waking up to the chilly air easier, trees brought pops of colour to this Saturday’s 9am and Cardiff was full of runners eager to get their 5k in early, whether it be their personal best or a run to simply feel smug about. Cardiff is so full of all of the autumnal colours that I’ve been Instagramming constantly this week and it certainly made for the loveliest Parkrun this morning.

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After a hectic start to this morning (1. I couldn’t find my bar code to get my time through after the race 2. I fell down the stairs 3. The avocado I ate wasn’t even nearly ripe- this was the most heartbreaking event of them all), I was finally heading out to the Cardiff Parkrun at about 08:20. I walked down the student streets that stay completely still on a Saturday (it appears no one wakes up until about 6pm) and headed towards the Bute Park that is possibly my favourite version of itself when there are yellow, orange and brown leaves scattered across the pavement.

I still haven’t got my timings right and had to jog down to the start line for a little bit- although this is a technique many runners use before an actual race, I don’t like it. I feel like I’ve used up too much energy before I’ve even crossed the start line. Once again, the start line was crawling with runners- something I was a little astounded by when I turned up to my first Cardiff Parkrun last week. My home Parkrun is busy but Cardiff is essentially a small organised event. Where I place somewhere between 60-80th at home, I place between 200-400th in Cardiff!

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The 5k course takes place along the The Taff Trail, starting off surrounded by an uncountable amount of trees before passing Blackweir Bridge and following the big field round, running about a mile loop round the park before heading back on yourself. It’s a lovely route with no hills to worry about. The one struggle I have is the sheer amount of people. I haven’t beaten my Parkrun PB because of the people traffic but I improved on my last week’s time and managed a 25:06 which I finished feeling pretty strong. Hopefully next time I can get a sub 24 minute time!

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Parkrun is my absolute favourite way to start a Saturday. I’m ridiculous when it comes to any run that involves more than just me. When the volunteer marshals are cheering us on I mutter a thank you that is nearly not possible in case I start wailing. Parkrun volunteers are super cool. I find it overwhelming to be surrounded by people working their butt’s off and my walk back from the finish line consists of me clapping whilst feeling unbearably teary. The main reason I get up on a Saturday morning to attend a Parkrun is because of the awesome atmosphere.

A tip to people wanting to start taking part in running events (the type you pay for): Head down to your local Parkrun (remember it’s free!). Getting used to running with lots of people helps me deal with the competitive nature and nerves so much better- whether I’m competing with my past times or considering everyone at the run as some kind of threat to my own time (in a way less confrontational way than that sounds).

~ Kat ~

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Sweet Chilli Veg Quinoa Soup

This is my favourite uni lunch at the moment. I shoved it all together one Saturday and now I can’t stop craving it. It’s super duper cheap and super duper easy to make too. It feels really hearty and warming during the day and I bet it’s even better at night with some bread and a Bridget Jones movie. (Now I know what I’ll be doing tonight.)

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Ingredients | For one hungry student

  • 170g quinoa
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 7 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pepper
  • However much chilli you like
  • 1/2 carton chopped tomatoes
  • 1tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 vegetable stock cube
  • 3tbsp honey
  • A pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Method

  1. Roughly chop the onion and fry it in a medium pan for 2 minutes before adding the tomatoes that have now been cut in half. Chop up the pepper into small chunks and add that to the pan. Stir often!
  2. Boil the kettle with water that equates to double the amount of quinoa and an extra 150 ml to mix in with the stock cube later. Pop the quinoa into a small pan and once the kettle is boiled, simmer for 12 minutes, adding more boiling water when necessary and stirring often
  3. Stir in the 150ml water with the vegetable stock cube and add to the veggies, followed by the chopped tomatoes and the tomato puree. Stir!
  4. Chop up the chilli- keeping the seeds if you wish to. I use homegrown chillis my friend gave me which are super strong so I use just less than half- cut into teeny tiny bits. Add to the soupy sauce
  5. Spoon in the honey and then a pinch or so of salt
  6. Once the quinoa is done, pop it into a bowl and add the veg and sauce. Stir it in to make a hearty soup full of all the good stuff that makes cold uni houses feel much warmer.

~ Kat ~

Sit Up and Burn | Great South Run Training

This year I want to take the Great South Run even more seriously than I did last year. Half because I want to enjoy the day more than I did last year (despite loving it, I did feel a bit rubbish for four miles of the race) and half because I’m really wanting to smash last year’s time for me, but more importantly for Lewis, my friend who is recovering from a brain haemorrhage he had earlier this year. I am raising money for the awesome charity that is St. George’s Hospital Charity.

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Even though for the last two/three years I have incorporated sit ups and the plank into my working out, the Great South Run last year was a lesson: core strength is vital. I always knew this and was aware I should work harder in this respect but it was so obvious last year that one part of me that messed up my wanting to completely enjoy the race, was the ache in my stomach throughout part of the race. It didn’t hurt and wasn’t a stitch: my stomach was just weaker than I wanted and far weaker than what I needed for the time I was hoping for.

Four or five times a week I have been having “F-AB-ulous Sessions” where I attack my abs more than I ever have and I definitely feel it the next day. I just do a lot of ab floor workouts from the comfort of my own bedroom. Sometimes there are tears, there is always sweat but it always feels brilliant to hurt the next day. And I really can’t wait to see the difference in my running- and hopefully I’ll see a big difference in my speed!

F-AB-ulous Mornings:

  1.  20 x Spiderman plank
  2.  10 x elbows to hand plank
  3.  10 x 3 knee dip and twist (in hand plank position, dip knees to just above the floor, lift back up, do the same with a twist to the left/right side, and then to the other side- repeat 12 times!)
  4. 1 minute elbow plank
  5. 12 x sit ups
  6. 8 x leg raises
  7. (Do 2-6 three times!)

~ Kat ~

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A Letter to my Mum | Great South Tips

For my mum’s 50th Birthday I made her a book of 50 challenges for her to complete. One challenge is to sign up and take part in the Great South Run 2016. I set her the challenge because I know she can do it- whether she walks a little, a lot or not at all, I’ll be super proud. Despite the fact she’s been running awesome distances recently and I know she is more than capable and has no need to worry, my mum has expressed a few worries about the day. It’s made me feel a teeny weeny bit bad about coercing her into signing up and so here is a little letter of advice to her- a tip for every mile she will complete. Good luck mumma!

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This year we will both be in our Great South gear!

1. As I’ve told you a million times and I know you know, but I’ll tell you again: you’re allowed to walk! I walked for a little bit last year! So many people choose to walk parts of it- or even all of it! If your body really is telling you to stop, stop. If it’s every now and then feeling like you should stop, wait it out for a minute, slow down, take big breaths and if it’s still hating you, walk it out. Walk for a mile or a minute- do whatever makes you feel better.

2. You’re 50 years young and by the end of 23rd October you’ll be able to say, “I’m 50 and have run the Great South Run.” Pretty cool. So remember that when you’re six miles round and only inspired to finish the race because you’re excited to tell me off for making you do it!

3. At the beginning there is people traffic for a while so try not to tense up and worry as you fall into your pace. Take it super easy and slowly!

4. I’ve said I regret not doing so last year in a post before so make sure you take in the atmosphere. Great South’s atmosphere is incredible so use it to help you feel like you’re Mo Farah!

5. Since the Great South last year I have learnt how relaxing it is to take in the sights as you run. I was probably too caught up in any nerves last year to treat the run as a sightseeing experience- which is what it definitely should be. As soon as you start enjoying all of the awesome parts of Portsmouth you’re passing, the sooner you’ll feel more relaxed and comfortable. So zen.

6. I’ve said this in a post before but keep your mouth, throat and lips hydrated. Lick your lips and take water and SIP it (don’t gulp loads down- even if you feel like you need to!) or you’ll feel super uncomfortable during the run!

7. Everyone around you is going to have parts where they’re doubting themselves and they’ll have other parts where they feel awesome. So when you feel sucky remember that is passes and when you feel awesome, enjoy it and keep your mind super super focussed on the fact that the race will end. And you will complete it!

8. Don’t take the jelly babies! Or if you do, be smart! Towards the end when I was attracted towards the jelly babies being handed out to help your energy levels, I naively took two and gulped them down. Now I take the far smaller treats offered (if offered) or grab the jelly baby and take off just its head, wait a while and see if I need any more! Hydrate yourself after in case your mouth dries up. Maybe take your own little sweets along with you.

9. Even on the day you’re going to feel under prepared and yet you’re really, really not. You’re completely ready and you’ve said yourself once you’ve finished your long runs that you feel like you could run more. YOU CAN DO IT.

10. Believe it or not in 24 hours you’re going to wish you can go back to the start line and do it all again so ignore any nerves that will be in your belly and laugh along with the warm up and take in the awesome atmosphere!

Make sure you google to find out lots of advice, get prepared, eat awesome foods before, hydrate up and insure your running clothes will keep you warm before the race and cool during it (chuck layers to someone before)! 2 weeks to go!

~ Kat ~