Running batty to 400km!

Week: 29.05.17-04.06.17

My virtual runners this week Alun, Charlotte and Diana Bazeley. Thank you for your support for my challenge and ensuring the good weather was out for our runs, it makes them so much more appealing. Together this week we hit a fantastic milestone!

Date: 30.05.17

Location: Gosforth, Newcastle

Distance: 5.81 miles

Time: 51:36.7

Run notes: It was another warm evening and no-one was at home, to allow for any of my procrastination and self distraction. Tonight I was to complete a warm up, 3 x 6 minutes reps at 10k pace (with 60 second jogs in between) plus 7 x 2 minutes reps at 5k pace (60 seconds jog), warm down.

I am starting to love the variation and distraction that including different reps into my runs provides. I am still not very good at knowing what my different paces are for the different runs but at least I am trying. Run fast, slow it down a bit, not working? Try slowing it down again! Despite the need for speed making this a quick a very quick  session, it was a comfortable run on my usual loop through the race course. A good start to our week Alun, Diana and Charlotte.


When I got back to base, I walked to the bridge to complete some stretching, while watching the river go by. Bliss. It was on the brief walk back that things got exciting. A flapping motion on the pavement caught my eye. There was a small bat, who was clearly struggling to get off the ground and trying to desperately move away from the centre of the path. However it was heading in a haphazard way towards a sneakily waiting cat. Was I going to have this?! Oh no. As I was attempting to ushur the bat in the right direction I was joined by a lady and her son. The lady had a coat with her which she tried to put over the bat so we could lift it to safety without touching it but the coat was too big. So I took off my running top (most people exercise in their sports bra only in any case) and covered the bat. It was at this point the other pare left, and I took the bat quickly back to the safety to mum and dad’s garden.

bat2.jpg As I was on the phone to my dad, trying to explain that I hadn’t injured my back in the back garden, but I had an injured bat there and was contemplating calling the vet for advice, the bat emerged from the running top cocoon by the wall. I watch as it scaled up the wall (reminding me of my favourite book Dracula) and as it reached the top it flew off. Charlotte is one of my best friend’s daughter and I think you would have loved to meet the bat (although I didn’t get too close so as not to scare him). Perhaps you could think of a name for him?


I do question whether I rescued a bat from the clutches of a curious cat or just scare it as I moved it to a good launch place?! I hope it was the former, the bat was a very cute end to a good run.

Average pace: 8.53/mile


– Mile 1 – 9:04

– Mile 2 – 8:50

– Mile 3 – 9:03

– Mile 4 – 8:35

– Mile 5 – 8:31

– 0.8 Mile – 9:18

Achievements: 2 x segment personal bests (including the segment named after my Mum and her collision with a wall!)

Date: 02.06.17

Location: Gosforth, Newcastle

Distance: 8.38 miles

Time: 01:20:29

Run notes: Dad was cooking us tea, so Paul and I arranged a time we would be back as we headed out for a run together. Paul had devised a long rep session with route. The reps were longer than I have been running recently, so I found them quite tough but a great sense of achievement when I completed each one. Due to our different paces, we would regroup for the recovery periods between each rep. It was on the second of these recovery runs I questioned Paul’s 5 mile route. Having run these roads a lot over the years (often with Mum or Dad on their bike) I had a sneaky suspicion that we would come in a lot further than 5 miles.

After the second and last effort through the race course (I really put the effort in on the reps) we headed home together, noting that we were shamefully late for our agreed rendezvous with Dad’s dinner and covering more like 7-8 miles. I really enjoyed this run, again it had great variety, the weather was nice, I had great company and I was just following directions from some one else so felt it evening more relaxing. What made it even better was when we got home I discovered I had hit 400km! We celebrated the achievement over our delicious dinner!


Average pace: 9.36/mile


– Mile 1 – 10:07

– Mile 2 – 9:48

– Mile 3 – 9:11

– Mile 4 – 8:45

– Mile 5 – 10:52

– Mile 6 – 8:08

– Mile 7 – 10:47

– Mile 8 – 9:21

– 0.3 Mile – 9:15

Achievements: 3 x segment personal records

Date: 03.06.17

Location: Gosforth, Newcastle

Distance: 15.61 miles

Time: 02:35:41

Run notes: I was finishing the week with a long 15 mile run. The weather was hot and close, which would be nice for sitting on the beach or in the garden but didn’t make my run an easy one. I had my usual water stop in the porch in place, and had created a number of loops to pass the stop on several occasions.

After the first mile I knew this wasn’t going to be a fast run, just a run to gether the experience of running longer miles in the warmth. There were lots of cyclists out on my route, from the lycra clad serious groups to the weekend pootlers (me belonging to the latter of the two with my basket and bell). There were several dog walkers out too and I greeted all as I went, raising a smile as I passed.

The heat made my feet uncomfortable as I pounded out the miles and my mind often drifted to the relaxing things I could be doing instead, but the support of Alun, Charlotte and Diana kept me engaged and plodding on. However it was of no suprise when taking off my trainers and socks at the end I found a large area of hard skin (and I am sure there was a blister but Paul disagreed!)

As I am out on the paths for a long time, on these long runs, I don’t get the buzz I get from beating a time that I feel on my shorter run, but I do get a real sense of achievement of the miles I am running all in one go and the challenge I have committed to. I was really chuffed to complete another week with over 28 miles under my belt including hitting 400km. A warm but storming week that make me really feel like we are going to do this!

Average pace: 9.52/mile

Splits (min per mile):

– Mile 1 – 10:08

– Mile 2 – 9:53

– Mile 3 – 9:39

– Mile 4 – 9:16

– Mile 5 – 9:44

– Mile 6 – 9:26

– Mile 7 – 9:27

– Mile 8 – 9:44

– Mile 9 – 10:19

– Mile 10 – 10:08

– Mile 11– 10:11

– Mile 12 – 10:12

– Mile 13 – 9:38

– Mile 14 – 10:11

– Mile 15 – 10:15

– 0.6 Mile  – 9:27

Achievements: 2 x segment personal records and second best half marathon time so far (not bad for a hot day!)

Thank you Alun, Charlotte and Diana for your support on a milestone marking, bat rescuing, blumming lovely week of running! Your support for the MS Trust and those affected by this condition really is appreciated.

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