600km, sub 2hours success with a dash of murder

This week my virtual runners are: Claire Smiles-Harrison, Alfie Edge and Emma Chapman. Thank you for sponsoring me and motivating me to get out in the mizzly drizzly rain at the first half of the week and then joining me for some of the best running so far!

Date: 26.06.17

Location: Newcastle

Distance: 6.66 miles

Time: 56:55.5

Run notes: Tonight’s plan stated: Warm-up, then 4 x (6 minutes at 10k pace/8 minutes at 1/2 mara Pace) alternate so that’s 48 minutes of effort. Again with the pacing! It mean’s so very little to me! I really couldn’t be bothered with a run tonight, but it is so helpful having my virtual runners with me. Again, I remind myself that I can’t let them down. I also read somewhere if you are struggling to feel motivated with your runs, add a purpose to it. I had a purpose! I needed to go to my parents to put out their bins, not exactly a world changing purpose but talk about killing two birds with one er run…

I was trying a first tonight. Sometimes it is difficult to squeeze in all of my runs in the week particularly without forcing Paul and I eat together at 10pm, so we had tea before I ran. How risky of me! But I had a purpose I couldn’t put off. The bin collectors would wait for no-one!

A puddle full of rain

It was a bit drizzly but very close tonight, which makes for a slightly uncomfortable run. I say that, it could be that I was running extremely fast/very fast every 6/8minutes. After putting the bins out, I felt great as I continued my run home keeping a consistent fast pace as I went. It turns out eating just before my run, didn’t significantly affect me, in fact it might have boosted my efforts. It sounds silly but knowing that I was running with a purpose (no matter how mundane the purpose is) really gave this evenings run a sense of achievement.

Average pace: 8:33/mile

Splits: (min/mile)

– Mile 1 – 8:05

– Mile 2 – 8:30

– Mile 3 – 8:23

– Mile 4 – 8:23

– Mile 5 – 8:45

– Mile 6 – 8:46

– 0.6 Mile – 9:16

Achievements: 4 x segment personal records

Date: 29.06.17

Location: Gosforth, Newcastle

Distance: 5.53 miles

Time: 48:25.3

Run notes: So this week it has rained and then drizzled ooh and then rained a bit more. I have discovered I am somewhat of a fair-weather runner. Eventually I recognised that I couldn’t avoid the rain any more so there I was, out for a run. Tonight was a 40 minute easy run. You know how much I love these runs, and was obviously enjoying it as my pace was quick. Perhaps it was knowing that I would be running roughly about 5 miles. As I ran I realised that I would be running through two segments on Strava that I had, had my eye on for a little while. Keeping ‘easy run’ well at the back of my mind I picked up the pace, it wasn’t necessarily easy or comfortable but it was give it a go territory! I wouldn’t know how I had done on either segment until the end of my run. Ooh the anticipation! And the heavy breathing…


As I crossed my imaginary finish line at my garage door, I quickly synced my garmin with Strava. To find that I was 2nd female of all time on ‘Mont-a-Who’ segment by 3 seconds!!! 3 SECONDS… do you know what you can do in 3 SECONDS?! Probably sneeze. It’s so little time.

The second segment I had also achieved 2nd fastest female of all time. I now have a burning sense to rule these segments. I am not fast but this might be the only time I could potentially win something (I win nothing by the way, other than the ultimate sense of pride for owning a segment that someone like me created in the first place!)

I could be heard mumbling about 3 seconds for the next 48 hours….at least…3 SECONDS!!!

Average pace: 8:45min/mile


– Mile 1 – 8:42

– Mile 2 – 7:43

– Mile 3 – 8:56

– Mile 4 – 9:27

– Mile 5 – 8:50

– 0.4 Mile – 9:02

Achievements: 2 x gold cup with a number on!! Oh yes! I am 2nd female over all on ‘Mont-a-Who’ 2nd by 3 seconds and 2nd female over all on ‘Graham Park Road – east to west’! I am coming for you segments!!

Date: 01.07.17

Location: Gosforth, Newcastle

Distance: 8.20 miles

Time: 1:15:43

Run notes: It’s Saturday, the sun is finally shining and what better way to celebrate the weekend by going for 75 minute run at marathon pace. I really need to learn what my marathon pace is. I went for the run anyway, a change of route again to keep things interesting and it obviously worked, without trying my pace was fast and the run was really enjoyable. It got me all ready for Murders We Wrote’s Murder Mystery later on that day.

If you didn’t know I lead a Murder Mystery group, a bunch of fantastic people who provide hilariously funny Murder Mystery entertainment for a range of sleuths at various venues across the North East of England. You wouldn’t normally find me blowing my own trumpet but our Murder Mysteries are good. We always listen to the feedback that we receive to try and constantly improve things, but it always makes me really proud of the hard work that the team put in and the raucous laughter from our sleuths that we are rewarded with. We are in popular demand but due to running commitments I have scaled back the number of Murder Mysteries we are offering this year (only 5).

Tonight’s Murder Mystery is our second event for the Tanfield Steam Railway team, 1940s themed of course. It’s such a special venue you’d be hard pushed not to enjoy attending something there. I am not going to tell you any more, you should come join us at one of our Mysteries (next events are Halloween and Christmas at the Holiday Inn, Jesmond) to find out more but the on the day nerves obviously got me pumped for a great run!


Average pace: 9:03min/mile


– Mile 1 – 9:06

– Mile 2 – 8:30

– Mile 3 – 8:17

– Mile 4 – 8:37

– Mile 5 – 9:14

– Mile 6 – 9:07

– Mile 7 – 9:21

– Mile 8 – 9:48

– 0.3 Mile – 9:32

Achievements: 1 x segment personal record and 1 x gold cup with a number on!! Oh yes! I am 10th female over all for the ‘Ouseburn Shuffle’! (perfectly apt name for me!)

Date: 02.07.17

Location: Gosforth, Newcastle

Distance: 16.25 miles

Time: 2:28:13

Run notes: The Murder Mystery yesterday was such good fun, the weather stayed sunny and everyone had a great time. It was a late-ish night but I was obviously motivated by the resounding positive feedback from our fantastic group of sleuths and the fact the weather was still good.

I had to fit this run in before a bbq with the family to celebrate my Mum’s birthday! (I had baked a chocolate cake, but still needed to ice it!)

I think I started buoyed having worked out that at 5 miles in I would hit my 600km! What a great to start, the huge smile on my face helped to keep my interest going for the next 11 miles. Although that wasn’t hard when the weather was lovely and the birds were singing and I ran the route I really enjoy (one large loop through mainly countryside). It was a really lovely comfortable run and looking at my splits you can tell it was a good day. To top it all off for the first time ever I ran sub 2 hours for half a marathon! By 1 second but no-one will ever take this achievement away! I think knowing that I had a cake to ice and get to the BBQ must have helped. Paul was out running a different route which meant he was going to get back to the house quicker than, so when I got to 12 miles I made a quick call and he was icing the cake whilst I put in my last few miles. We couldn’t disappoint our nieces by not bringing a chocolate cake covered in chocolate buttons for Grandma’s birthday! (It was going to be a hedgehog cake, but I couldn’t describe how to do that over the phone to Paul whilst running!)

It is so lovely to share my running news with my nieces, they are always so interested and excited for me, particularly as we practice our running with our winners celebrations up and down Grandma and Grandpa’s garden!


Average pace: 9:07min/mile


– Mile 1 – 8:48

– Mile 2 – 9:11

– Mile 3 – 9:00

– Mile 4 – 9:07

– Mile 5 – 9:01

– Mile 6 – 10:04

– Mile 7 – 8:38

– Mile 8 – 9:15

– Mile 9 – 9:13

– Mile 10 – 10:46

– Mile 11 – 8:51

– Mile 12 – 9:11

– Mile 13 – 8:40

– Mile 14 – 8:53

– Mile 15 – 8:45

– Mile 16 – 8:48

– 0.2 Mile – 8:12

Achievements: Best half marathon time (UNDER 2 HOURS!!!), Best 20k effort, Best 10 mile effort

Thank you Claire, Alfie and Emma for joining me on this week of runs, and together hitting the 600k target! You have helped to me reach some fantastic running achievements as well as support the MS Trust in the fantastic work that they do! Feeling particularly chuffed with our achievements this week!

4 thoughts on “600km, sub 2hours success with a dash of murder

  1. Thanks Faye for your kind words, that is so great to hear really encourages me to keep blogging. It really helps staying enthusiastic when I have such wonderful support – wait until you read my next blog post coming soon!

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