April was a pretty good month.  My hip cleared up and I had a total of 102.54 km (64 miles) for the month.

Early in the month, we went to London to see David Tennant in Don Juan in Soho.  He was truly outstanding as always and I am so glad that we got the opportunity to see him in the theatre again.

I was glad that my hip felt improved enough so that I could get my run in in London.

I drank a lot of nitro cold brew, ate too much gelato, and had a great time as always.

The rest of the month consisted of running, Pilates, and the never ending job searching.  I’m all set to graduate next month, and hopefully I’ll be able to celebrate also having found a job!

Hopefully May’s catch up will be more interesting as I’m off to Mallorca this weekend for some R&R (running and rest) so. . .

2016 has been a bit of a shit year, overall.  Yes, there have been some high points, but overall, I feel like this image sums up 2016 in a nutshell.

And this most certainly applies to me.

This year overall, I did a lot of writing and a lot of running and not much else, which is ok as I had to get my thesis finished. Whereas 2015 was filled with terrible personal lows, 2016 was more even-keeled, but challenging as it felt like every week we were saying goodbye to someone who had moved us on the screen, stage, or radio.

January: I attempted another Whole 30 but wasn’t really in the mindset.

February: I did some running and spent time in the library working.

March: I ran the Resolution Run 10K with a PR.

April: I tried out run club, I began to plan my 41st birthday, and got far too overjoyed at a reply on Twitter.

May: More of the above, only trying to look cool doing it.

June: I was on task to massively PR my 10k at the Women’s 10, but ended up injured. 🙁  This necessitated about 2 weeks off of running and then I began to train for my second half.

July:  Running.  Pilates.  Pokemon.  Writing.

August: Running.  Pilates.  Pokemon.  Writing.  Ran the OUT 5 miler (with no injury or issue, a rarity in 2016!)

September: Thesis submission.  Running. Pilates. Start the fundraiser for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday.

October:  Run my second half, get injured again. 🙁  BIRTHDAY!!!! The Boys in the Band! Stina and Sara came to visit! So much excitement and awesome in one week!  Raised over £1100 for Switchboard for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday!

November: Do a whole lot of nothing. Run the MoRun 5K and PR. Pilates.

December: Get my nails done, drink a lot of Starbucks, PASS MY VIVA!

2016 in a brief nutshell:

Plays seen: 1
Trips to London: 1 😞
Miles/km run: 472/759.6 (So should be 500 miles by the end of the year easy)
Pounds lost: ~30
Viva’s passed: 1

What a week.  What started out as a great training week ended up being just a bit not good.  I managed to pull my left hamstring on Wednesday and spent the ret of the week stretching, icing, heating, and foam rolling.  I was able to do my long run on Sunday (I gave myself an extra day).  I didn’t run 10, as I wanted to.  I did run 7 and it went ok.  Hopefully I have enough training under my belt to manage this coming Sunday.  We will find out.

Monday:  A quick 2 miler.  I felt good and fast (for once).

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Tuesday: Pilates class

Wednesday: 3 miles (was supposed to be 6).  I left feeling fine. Walking was fine, but as soon as I started to run my left hamstring was really uncomfortable.  It wasn’t a stabbing pain, more like a pull.  Last year I would have pushed through the pain but this year I played it smart and cut the run short.

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Thursday/Friday: Lots of rest, icing, heat, stretching and foam rolling

Saturday: I was getting stir crazy so I went to the gym. 30 minutes on the spin bike and 30 minutes on the elliptical.  No pain and I figured I was good to go for Sunday.

Sunday: 7 mile run (was supposed to be 10).  While my hamstring wasn’t 100% pain free, I felt ok. I was actually a bit faster than usual, so I guess rest always helps (and bodes well for the half).  It was a chilly and damp run which is part of the reason why I cut it short.  I didn’t want to slip on wet pavement or leaves and really injure myself.  Mentally, I could have kept running.  But I knew that I should keep it a bit shorter. I’m hoping this was the right decision.

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This week will involve plenty of rest, icing, and foam rolling and I will try to pop in and see the physio just in case.

Sunday is the half!

 

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I’m still helping with the fundraiser for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday!  The fundraiser benefits Switchboard, and Mark is one of their patrons.

For more information, visit the fundraising Tumblr

To donate, visit the JustGiving page.

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This week was a relatively quiet week.  It’s nice to have after the stress and hectic times prior to submitting my thesis.

Monday: 2 mile run.  If only I could be this “fast” when I am running more than 2 miles.

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Tuesday: Pilates class

Wednesday: 6 mile run. I managed to accidentally pause my Fitbit for a few minutes.  I felt like my legs were really heavy and I was very tired on this run.

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Thursday and Friday: Rest days.  I definitely felt like I needed more rest.  I’ve been very sore and tired lately.

Saturday: 9 mile run.  I’m not sure how I was even slower than last week.  I felt achy and sore while running and felt really, really slow- which I was.  I wish I could get over this mental hurdle, as I know a lot of it is mental.

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I certainly hope that the excitement of the race will help me pick up my pace and that I will be a bit lot faster than this run!

Here’s my view at the half-way point yesterday.

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On a completely unrelated note, I’ve organised a fundraiser for Mark Gatiss’s 50th birthday.  It benefits Switchboard who do amazing work supporting the LGBT+ community. Mark is one of their patrons.  You can donate here.  It’s only been two days, but we’re already at 20% of the goal!

What a week!  This week I submitted my thesis!  Finally!

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Monday: A quick 2 miles.  I had already sent my thesis off for printing and this was a quick shakeout run.

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Tuesday: Double Pilates (trigger point and mat).  It was Gail’s last week 🙁 so I booked in for both classes.  It was just what I needed as I was feeling very tight.

Wednesday: 7 miles. This was originally scheduled for Thursday, but it was supposed to pour.  It wasn’t raining, so I went out and got my miles in. It was a bit later than I normally go out, but it was a nice run all the same.

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Thursday:  Today was submission day! Other than walking around, it was a much needed rest day.

Friday: Unscheduled rest day.  It was pouring out and gross so I cleaned the kitchen.

Saturday: 9 miles. It was a really nice day out and I actually enjoyed this run a lot.  I felt good for most of it, although I was very slow.  I look forward to more runs like this (hopefully faster) and hope to see the leaves start to change as I run through Glasgow Green.

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Overall, this week was a really great week.  Not much longer until the half and then my birthday week celebration in London!