Run Rachel Run

The journey of an un-sporty unfit girl as she learns how to run in Berlin...

Olympic Legacy…

Everyone in London seems to be talking about what legacy the Olympics will have on the city and country. Thoughts range from more kids doing sports, increased volunteering, the union jack being a positive image, Brits becoming proud of their country etc.

Coming back to London after almost 2 years I’ve noticed a massive increase in cyclists and runners. There have always been lots of people running in the parks and in gyms across the capital, but for the first time I’m seeing quite a large number of people obviously running home from their office jobs in central London.

I feel people running home from work could be one of the many legacies from the London 2012 games.

Neglected….

I’ve not only neglected this blog, I’ve also neglected my running. I’ve run a few times in the past few weeks, well - I think I went for a run once in the last month! Shock horror…

I do have some sort of excuse, but it’s still pretty lame. I’m no longer a freelance worker, who can go for a run early afternoon on a tuesday or late morning on a thursday. I now have a full time fixed position job. Not only that, the job is in London. So I am now splitting my time between London and Berlin and still getting my head around all that that involves. 

My plan is to run once a week in London mid week and then at least once more when I’m back in Berlin at weekends. Will keep you posted on how that one goes. 

Martha’s Vineyard…

The next part of my US holiday (I know I’m milking it) was in Martha’s Vineyard. The island looks a lot like Ireland but with great weather, win win! 

Managed to get an early morning run in the second day I was there. There was a lot of water based activity with kayaking and swimming as well as eating amazing seafood, so I was glad I managed to fit one run in. 

It was so peaceful and calm to run through the little winding lanes on the island, I was a bit scared of the ticks and catching Lyme’s Disease so I didn’t stray too far from the path…

finally…

dusted off my runners and went for a run this evening. It’s been a really long time since I ran. I had a frustrating day of not achieving anything I’d intended to do, so when my evening plans were unexpectedly canceled I decided to put on my trainers and go for a run…

It was great to finally get out and run, but couldn’t quite manage the route I was hoping to do. I’m hoping to get back in the swing of things again and start building up my distances again. We’ll see…

Here’s video evidence of me (still running) at 9k… I think I was a bit delirious at this point of the race!

Photos from the big 10K race at the Olympic Stadium…

Taking it easy…

Now it’s the week of the race - 6 days to go - I’m taking it easy with my runs. I’m just going for gentle jogs.

Today’s run was 25 minutes. I have no idea of distance. My aim is to get out and stretch my legs a bit and not have any targets of time or distance. Then give it my all on Sunday for the race.

Tough…

I’m still recovering from my run this afternoon… It was so tough, definitely the hardest one by far. The aim was to run 9k and not to worry about time, just to go slow… I did manage the 9k, but there was some walking in between - 7minutes to be precise. Think it took me over an hour.

Today has been glorious sunshine, I’ve been out in my summer dress and flip flops eating ice cream. I had thought by 5.30pm the temperature would have cooled, but unfortunately not. The weather was 29C (which is about 84F for you Americans) - that’s just too hot for me. Foolishly didn’t bring any water with me either - so also not ideal. I should have been more prepared!

Next week is the big 10K race - 1 more kilometres than today. I’m hoping for an overcast day for the race and will be stocking up on liquids before and during the race. Fingers crossed it won’t be as hard as today’s run.

Will be interesting to see how I feel tomorrow. I’m leaving now for a Polish dinner at a friend’s house, maybe vodka with help my tired limbs?

Clocking up the miles (and/or kilometres)…

First run of the week completed… 8k in 45 minutes.

Just at the point when it was getting tough it started to rain and all I wanted to was turn around and walk home, but I kept going and followed the route I’d decided. I felt great albeit very sweaty when I got back 8k later. So, progress is really starting to happen, 10k is looking more and more doable. I just need to add 2k more and than I’ll have reached the big 10K.

I also decided to be very good this evening and cycled to meet my friend across town for dinner. I cycled 7k there and then of course back. I did have a rather large portion of jerk chicken, rice and peas. It’s very rare to find Jamaican food in Berlin, so I felt it would be rude not to eat jerk chicken.

I ran and cycled a grand total of 22k today - so that’s not too bad…

Mission accomplished!

Today I ran for 40 minutes, distance wise that was just over 6km… I can’t quite believe it, I also feel fine now, several hours later. 

After the first 15 minutes I felt that I couldn’t really go on and then it got easier - what’s that about? I ran along the streets, through all the hipsters and the yummy mummys and after 20mins arrived at a beautiful park. Running through a lovely big park with lots of other runners was such a nice change to running around the smallish park near my flat. I think that helped spur me on. 

There’s still a fair way to go to get to 10km, but it now feels possible. Next week I’m going to focus on my distance rather than time and see if I can get to 8/9km. Will try and sneak another run in before that, though on Sunday morning. 

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