The week started with a great 6 miles in the company of #fordyruns #BabooRunning on a Sunday morning around Cardiff. It was great fun to be able to run with some other people, and a plus we did a pretty good time.
I decided after this to up my mileage and completed my first 10 mile run/walk, although it was mainly running. After I finished and for most of the next day I felt great and managed with my strengthening exercises and stretches kept everything moving.
I entered the officialVirtual London marathon - I know I am part of the event anyway with Kerrie, but it feels good to be part of this as well.
Thursday was an interesting day, my run started out in a light drizzle, and my plan was to do around 8.5 miles. I chose a nice route and was happily plodding my way around listneing to David Tennant on a podcast.
The weather had other ideas.
Gradually the rain got heavier and much much colder.
Eventually after 4 miles I admitted defeat and called for back up.
Disappointed that I had to give up, but I was shivering and soaked through.
Not defeated though the next morning I git back at it and did the route again (in reverese) and this time did the whole 8.5.
Delighted that with todays 3.5 miles I have done another 40 miles this week, and completed over 400 as part of my challenge. And as a bonus my August 'Through the Seasons' medal arrived, and links perfectly with July.
End of Week 10 on my Wales Coastal Path Challenge and I have arrived at Whitesands Bay, which looks beautiful in this picture.
Its is funny as I have managed a few miles on the actual sand this week, although Strava seems to think I was in the water....
I started to up my mileage to see how I would feel doing the marathon in October.
In total this week 43.4 miles covered, which is my biggest week yet.
I did complete over 9 miles with some 'jeffing' so was really pleased with this week.
A number of my running friends have been so helpful with tips for Marathon distance, some really funny suggestions, but the one thing that came out was 'Strengthening'.
So this week I took a trip to see Ash at Colosseum Gym.
What a great first session it was.
Ash has given me loads of 'homework' to do, which as well as a weekly gym session should really help to get me through my first marathon distance. With continued work I can aim then to improve on my time.
After this first session I ran most of the way home and my legs felt great, moving really well much quicker than they have been.
Some additional warm up bits before todays run and I did my best 5k time for weeks.
Thanks Ash, looking forward to having you helping and supporting me on this journey.
We managed to get a few days away from the 4 walls we have looked at since March and took a trip to Sussex.
This did have an impact on my running, but managed to get some resonable miles in walking instead.
When we got home I was delighted to receive not 1 or 2 but 3 medals form all my efforts during July. For my birthday I had a medal hanger, so now I have to work out where to put it as the medals are starting to add up.
The past 3 weeks have helped me add the following mileage to the 870 mile challenge
Week 7 - 28.81
Week 8 - 27.26
Week 9 - 38.9
All of this has also put me through the 300 mile mark, so another postcard for my collection.
I was talking with my running buddy Kerrie, who was due to run at the rearranged London Marathon in October. As we all know VLM has been made an elite only race, so the mass race have been offered to complete the distance virtually.
Kerrie has decided to run her race and has a route set up locally. She is working with a number of others and they have opened the event up to a small number of others.
I have decided to join the team, so on the 4 October I will run/walk/plod the 26.2 miles and complete my first marathon.
After 24 years of helping others to achieve their running goals - it is now my time.