Women's Running Roundup 6/5/18

Women's Running Roundup 6/5/18

Ireland and Northern Ireland are arguably the most interesting sources of news from last weekend, along with lots of over-hot racing, including brutal conditions for the TP100. Lots of results and interesting bits and bobs over here…

Training Log: 30 April - 8 May 2018 (Wk 1 #WeGoAgain)

Training Log: 30 April -  8 May  2018 (Wk 1 #WeGoAgain)

Right, so back to a training plan. Ben from Full Potential Coaching is back in control, hurrah! He's also seeing Mr B through to the other side of the vitality 10k. Ben has named this process #WeGoAgain , which seems apt. We're back to training and also if something is tough or doesn't happen first time, that's ok, We Go Again. It'll come. 

Mr B has had his rest week and is back in the game and getting ready for the Vitality 10k.

Mini B is starting to enjoy me doubling up Conditioning circuits as a method of play.



Running and Pregnancy Q & A: Part 2

See this post for the intro.
See here for Part 1

Q. How far did you run in total while pregnant? Did you worry about max heart rate or distance?

1,294 miles or 49 and a bit marathons! You can see my milage below. As a reminder *this is not me saying you should do this* this is purely my experience. Please do comment or get in touch and feel free to tell me I was an idiot or ask me questions. I genuinely still don't know if I did the right thing but it felt right at the time and Mr B and docs were happy too.

I didn't pay any attention to heart rate as this isn't something I normally measure during a workout anyway (though I do look afterwards out of interest). If I kept to the 140bpm limit which was commonly quoted for pregnant runners until recently I wouldn't have got anywhere. However, I don't think I ever really went above 60/70% effort level. My body just wouldn't move that fast anyway!

week commencingmilesweeks pregnantnotes
12/6/1712.43First race while pregnant - Maverick Gloucestershire
19/6/1749.54Sprained my ankle on the Saturday trying to do a trail run with Mr B
10/7/1755.87In Cardiff with work. Feeling very hot.
24/7/1758.29inc. 20 mile long run but couldn't hit pace 8'18/mi
31/7/1741.110inc, Orion forest 5 race
7/8/1780.411tough 18 mile long run after work
14/8/1770.112inc 20 mile long run
21/8/1751.813on holiday - found pace hard. 8'30 av
28/8/1768.214inc 23 mile run av 7'42/mi
11/9/1748.616Harrow Half Marathon 1:32:52 7'06/mi
2/10/1746.319Chester Marathon 3:13:07 on the 8th
23/10/1745.322longest was 9 miles
30/10/1750.323longest was 1o miles
6/11/1742.224longest was 12 miles with intervals. Felt it in the pelvis after. Time to cut back.
13/11/1721.225longest was 6.5
20/11/1720.726longest was 5.7
27/11/1720.227longest was 5
4/12/1723.128longest was 5.4
11/12/1722.329longest was 6
18/12/172730longest was 4.7
25/12/1715.831longest was 6.3
1/1/1826.132longest was 5
8/1/1820.533longest was 5
15/1/1820.334longest was 6
22/1/1820.235longest was 6.3
29/1/1820.536longest was 5.2
5/2/188.237longest was 5 on the night my waters broke. oops
total mileage 1294 


 Q. When did you run until?

pregnant runner on cloudflow

Ha, well I ran until the evening my waters broke which was 37week +2 days. It wasn't the plan though - I'd intended to massively dial back and swim more once on maternity leave, butI never got to that! Realistically I'm stubborn enough and was feeling ok, so probably would have done at least something up until the end but we'll never know. You can read the full story here.


Q. I'm fascinated how you’ve kept doing intervals and even long commutes so far into pregnancy. Did you make a conscious effort to do that or has it been easier than others make out?

Doing track was a conscious decision. When I first told my coach I was pregnant one of the things we mentioned was that track was a good safe space to keep running. It’s controllable, you’re never more than a step away from being able to stop, there’s people around and you get to keep the social side of things so it’s good for mental health. It’s important not to push super hard but to be honest I found that my body regulated that for me. From very early on I wasn’t physically able to push myself to that “I feel sick” 90% point of exertion because my limbs and hanging gait just wouldn’t let me do it. Also, my track family would have told me off! 


The runcommute was less planned and more me being stubborn and perhaps, towards the end, less wise. I just hate using public transport when it’s cheaper and (even quite late on) quicker. It was only after having painful lower regions at work after one of my run commutes that I finally knocked it on the head and that probably means I should have stopped earlier. 

Q. How early into your pregnancy did you notice it was impacting your ability to excercise like normal? Could you tell straight away?

This is tricky because I t was off the back of two injuries, hormone changes and weight gain for the fertility treatment. I found out I was pregnant partly becaus I went to the doctors after spraining my ankle, so I was off running and then not doing normal training anyway in the early stages. However, I think I can say that it affected my heart rate/ breathing and more noticeably my temperature almost straight away. When I was on a secondment to BBCwales I was trying to do proper workouts again but was just very hot all the time and my breathing was much harder. This subsided later on though and instead it became my changing shape which was the issue. I was able to run a marathon at 20 weeks in a GFA time without pushing hard but then by about 4 weeks later it would have been very different,. I found that my feet aching was one of the big issues! By 27 weeks I definitely wanted to the support belt.

Q. Are you scared that you’ll never get back to your PB

Yes. Heck, I’m scared I’ll not be able to run anywhere close to the time or the distance! Right now I can’t imagine being able to run 26 miles or have the motivation to do the training when the weather is bad. It’s made me ponder why I run - if I couldn’t run comparable times or big distance would I still want to run at all?  The answer is yes, though I imagine I’d be grumpy about it to start with. It’s the headspace, the people, the experiencing the outdoors and the structure that I miss at the moment. In some ways I think it’ll be worse if I can get close to, but not exceed, past times. If I’m way off it then I feel like that would be easier to handle .

Q. You've mentioned support belts - what's that about?

I’d recommend having one even if you’re not planning on running as they can give a bit of back relief and for those who get more serious pregnancy sciatica I think it would be really helpful  I got this one to start with because it was cheapest but actually it was great as I could use the more or less structured bit as I felt appropriate. Some days the baby was sat low and it just added too much pressure (and didn’t help with the bladder issues) and other days I really liked the extra support. Later on a friend gave me a Bracoo one and I loved it and I really noticed if I didn’t wear it that I ached more afterwards. 
First belt was this one. (£6.99)
Bracoo Belt

Q.  Karen says: "Late to the party but always interested! I had to massively reduce my running in order to conceive after 3 years of trying, lots of fertility treatments, and finally after IVF I am thrilled to be a mere 1 month pregnant! How!!?! Too exhausted to do anything currently!!

Congratulations,  both for having the mental fortitude your running in order to get pregnant and for getting pregnant (you've probably had the baby by now)

It's  a huge cliche but everyone's pregnancy is different. I always felt better after I'd been for a run, it was only aches / joint discomfort which ever made be want to back off. I did find it *much* harder getting up in the mornings, but I wasn't running into work after a while so I could have lie ins anyway. I've heard that some people are wiped out int he first trimester but feel fab in the second and can start doing things again. I just got progressively bigger and more tired!


So that's it... I'll be documenting my return to running and I'll do some stand alone posts on post-partum running too.

Keep the questions coming!

#thelongroadback #WeGoAgain


Women's Running Roundup 29/4/18

Women's Running Roundup 29/4/18

PBs and a Bahrain / Ethiopia sandwich at the Haspa Hamburg Marathon alongside a GB win for London Heathside, some PBs and crazy challenges completed by the amateurs. A strong Scottish marathon championship, the inaugural Newport marathon, Dusseldorf and loads more. Click below

Training Log: 23 - 29 April 2018

Training Log: 23 - 29 April 2018

One free pizza, two aborted attempts at swimming, six miles and hopefully my last week winging it before I return to the safe hands of someone who knows what they are doing.



London Marathon Preview

The Elite Women's start list for Virgin Money London Marathon is here and you can see their kit too. Interestingly, only 5 countries are represented this year compared to 11 last year. I suppose the CWG's contributed to that.

UK: Tracy Barlow, Lily Partridge, Rebecca Murray
USA: Rebecca Wade, Stephanie Bruce, Liz Costello
Kenya: Mary Keitany, Gladys Cherono, Brigid Kosgei, Vivian Cheruiyot
Ethiopia:Tirunesh Dibaba, Mare Dibaba, Tigist Tufa, Tadelech Bekele
Bahrain: Rose Chelimo

The press conference has happened and LetsRun have shared some of it online (below). It's quite hard to hear and nothing earth shattering other that maybe Tirunesh Dibaba saying she started her build up-late.

GB Marathon debut:

FastRunning have got an interview with 23 year old Rebecca Murray who is making her marathon debut on the elite start. Murray (Bedford & County) is coached by Paula Radcliffe's coaches Alex and Rosemary Stanton and ran 73:59 at the Big Half recently. As FR point out, "Great Britain has an impressive knack of producing athletes who have posted top class times on their marathon debuts, with the famous groundbreaking stars from the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s such as Steve Jones, Charlie Spedding, Ron Hill and Mike Gratton, Paula Radcliffe, Mara Yamauchi, Jo Pavey and Liz Nuttall (nee McColgan) – to name but a few The women have been joined in the last decade by Charlotte Purdue, who recorded 2:30:04 in Frankfurt two years ago (now improved to 2:29:23), Sonia Samuels’ 2:30:56 in 2012 (now 2:28:04) and Lily Partridge’s 2:32:09 in Seville last year."

image from parkrunUk

image from parkrunUk


Rebecca has also spoken to Lets Get Running podcast about the race and about how to deal with mid-race demons

Other GB elites:

 Tracy Barlow is the more experienced of the other GB elites with 12 races completed, whereas Lily Partridge is on her third startline after a strong debut in Seville but a DNF in Berlin following an injury in the build up.

Tracy recently ran in the World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, running a new personal best time of 72:35 and finishing 43rd, so that will be a big confidence booster. Her PR is faster than Lily in the Marathon, but not in the half.

It'll be interesting to see how Lily gets on. After running 71:05 in The Big Half for second behind Charlotte Purdue she's been out training Murcia, SE Spain for 5 weeks. It also looks like training has been going well for her (from Insta and Twitter) and of course the hot weather shouldn't be as much of a shock to her as some of the other runners who have been training in the UK through winter (though obviously that's mainly the club runners and not those elites used to training in Africa). You can hear Lily on Marathon talk here.

Sadly, Charlotte Purdue had to pull out due to a thigh injury sustained at the above mentioned World Half Champs

I'll add to this tomorrow with more about the other athletes.