In which I do strength, track and hill training, get my Boston passport through the post, hop on a plan to Belfast and do run my long run in County Down(which is stunning). 2 weeks more and then it's the big day. Yikes.
Stewing about last Saturday's race. Getting my head down and getting on with it, a brutal but entirely excellent sports massage from Hannah Stobbs (She's ace - check her out), 6 hours on a train and a long run that got me grinning. On the way back down now...Boston's not far!
Easy that wasn't, travelling for work, threshold that was easier, make-it-up strength sessions and a HM that didn't....well... just didn't. Read all about it! 1 month to #bostonbaby
I've been shortlisted in the Blog category of The Running Awards. This is pretty exciting and I would love it if you would vote for me.
Go to : The Running Awards site and chose "Community"->"Blog"->"Bland on the Run"
Voting closes on 20th March. If you voted before, do it again because it's reset after shortlisting.
Thankyou! If I win I promise to do a cheesy remote acceptance video, as I'll be in Boston(baby) when the actual ceremony takes place.
I thought I might try a sporadically regular post of things that I've found interesting to read, see, hear.
1. Laura Muir continues to be awesome (read Sean Ingle's report here)
4min 2.39s worth of awesome infact. That's how long it took her to run 1500m in the European Indoor Championships and broke the standing record in the process. If you get chance, watch the race. First she kicks from the back of the pack to the front, then she holds off an attempt from Konstanze Klosterhalfen (Germany) with another change of gear. I love the 'Laura Look' she gets. In every race there seems to be a point where something clicks in her mind and you can see the grit and determination lock-in.
2. Tokyo Marathon happened
Sarah Hall(US), ex-track runner and wife of Ryan Hall (U.S marathoner turned Cross Fit-Crazy) beat the 2:30 barrier, coming 6th. Oh, and Wilson Kipsang ran sub 2:04:00 for the fourth time ever to win it and wore the swanky new Adidas Sub-Two shoe (see below).
Also, Kate Carter and Susie Chan appear to have had the most fun ever, Marcus hung on through adversity and battled through ITB issues, and Joni Moni smashed the three hours. Loads of other fab instagram-running friends ran it too. My feed was awash with cool Japanese-ness.
3. Lily Partridge(UK) made a storming marathon debut in Seville, and could still do better.
Fourth place in 2:32:10. Read more at Athletics Weekly
4. The ARCollective basically took over TransGranCanaria.
Covering all the races : 30k, 42k, 82k, 125k and the inaugural TGC360, the team ran, hiked and partied their way through TGC with amazing shows of guts and grit. Every person I've spoken said it was harder than they ever imagined, but that they found the experience lifechanging. Whether it was a first trail marathon, an 8th place, or toughing it out big time, they did the gang proud and gave those of us back home major FOMO.