Map my run

My virtual running buddies this week were: John Jobson and Margaret Allison. Thank you for supporting me through this a second half week of running!

This week I came down with a cold. And when I say a cold I mean a completely wipes you out, no-one wants to be near you cold. 

So for the first half of the week I did the sensible thing and didn’t go anywhere never mind run anywhere. I had struggled to get my sorry behind into work on Monday and given up that night and stayed in bed feeling sorry for myself. It’s kind of ironic that my whole diagnosis of MS I see as a challenge that I am willing to face and win, but illness such as a cold or feeling sick, I am rubbish. A little moping misery of my former warrior self. 

Date: 11.05.17

Location: Gosforth, Newcastle

Distance: 2.03 miles

Time: 19:52

Run notes: By Thursday I thought I should ease myself back into it. Ignoring whatever hell was waiting for my poorly self on my training plan I joined Paul for the second half of his brick session. I had never heard of a brick session before either. Sadly it’s nothing to do with Lego. Apparently it’s a common term that my lack of knowledge of would have any tri athlete spluttering into their energy drink. Paul had completed a cycle session of some magnitude, hopped off into the garage then was out for a steady run. 

There was no hopping for me, but I did trundle alongside enjoying the fresh air. My first 2 miles of the week complete.

Average pace: 8.54/mile


– Mile 1 – 9:38

– Mile 2 – 9:59


Achievements: I was out with my five pieces of kitchen roll, happily blowing my nose and breathing the fresh air

Date: 13.05.17

Location: Gosforth, Newcastle

Distance: 14.31 miles

Time: 02:18:54

Run notes: I am not very good at doing repeating loops, on my own, I get bored spending the time thinking ‘oh god I’ve got to run this path another X times’. I will keep saying that often the main challenge with running is often the mental challenges. On the Sunday I set myself up for a lovely long run, mapping a route out of a single loop that would take me all the distance without doubling back on myself. And when I say mapping, I mean mapping. Dad and I dropped off my car, stocked with water and a mini malt loaf at the half way point. Once home I took my printed copy of mapmymiles with me as I set off. It was a lovely sunny day but not too hot so great for running. I love discovering new routes and this was no exception running through woods and down quiet wagon ways passed previously undiscovered houses is great way too pass the time. 

I was well passed the half way point when the clouds started to gather. The large spots of rain with rather refreshing at first, but then Paul rang. He was locked out after an extremely long bike ride and was now cold and wet. I came up with a cunning plan (note my plans are usually on the same level of cunning as Baldrick’s). Paul should cycle to me, I’ll run to him, we’ll meet in the middle and he can take my keys. What could be wrong with that you say? Well I didn’t know where I was or the quickest way to get to Paul. The map was produced (have you tried running and reading a not very detailed map which is getting soaked by the rain? It doesn’t work to well) and I turned round to dive off on what looked like a sneaky short cut. It was sneaky but it wasn’t a short cut. In fact it didn’t go anywhere apart from up close to a railway track. I turned back, rang Paul and then on taking another route to get where I knew Paul was now waiting in the rain, I ended up in the middle of a field. But I was darned if I was going to turn round again. I got myself out of said field and eventually found my way back to the route I should have taken in the first place, meeting a very soggy Paul. Cyclist and runner together we headed home, covering the last two miles faster than the several lost wanderings before.

End of a soggy run

Average pace: 8.54/mile


– Mile 1 – 9:36

– Mile 2 – 9:46

– Mile 3 – 10:02

– Mile 4 – 10:13

– Mile 5 – 9:34

– Mile 6 – 9:21

– Mile 7 – 9:42

– Mile 8 – 9:59

– Mile 9 – 9:23

– Mile 10 – 10:02

– Mile 11 – 9:52

– Mile 12 – 10:20

– Mile 13 – 9:08

– Mile 14 – 9:25

– 0.3 Mile – 9:46


Achievements: Best half marathon effort, Best 20km effort, Best 10 mile effort, Best 15km effort

Thank you John and Margaret for joining me on this mixed bag of runs, you motivated me to get my feet into gear and get those km’s complete even when I couldn’t be bothered!


4 thoughts on “Map my run

  1. Oh Lucy. It sounds like you’ve had a tough time. But well done for getting yourself into gear and facing those challenges. You have a very patient boyfriend, I suspect. But don’t tell him I said that. Cathy

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  2. It was a rather exciting adventure Cathy! (Or I can say that now) Like the crystal Maze get to the end of your challenge in the allotted time and you get… to meet a rather soggy boyfriend! He is very patient which is a good job with me!


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