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Park run PB



So the inlaws are moving house and hubby and I said we would help them out! So this weekend we found ourselves in Sheffield and I insisted that we HAD to do parkrun ….. It’s on the marathon training programme after all!!

So up we got and toddled down to Endcliffe Park!


Wow …. This is the busiest I’ve ever seen a parkrun! I estimated nearly 500 people but what was more inspiring was all the kids! They all seemed to be part of a running club … All looked the part, and all desperate to get going!

As usual there was a great community feel around and there was even a wee cake stall selling goodies ….. Once again I had no money on me so missed out in said goodies!


Endcliffe park is not very big! But out of the 4 parkrun courses I have down it is definatley one of the prettiest! It’s two laps around the park but there is a stream that runs through it …. It was just beautiful!

Me and the hub a dub started nearer to the back than we normally do (nice to be polite when visiting new locations I think)! But this was a negative point to start with because the start is quite narrow and with all the people around it got quite bunched up and I found myself struggling to gain momentum and get going! So in my head I settled for “your racing a half marathon tomorrow so just treat this is a nice gentle pleasant 3 mile run” well…… once I got into the open my legs just went on “go go gadget legs” mode!


I made the mistake of turning left back towards the finish thinking I was almost there and I could start my sprint home! WRONG!! you head towards the finish then turn right again to do a 200 metre (ish) loop that brings you round! My legs felt like they were about to buckle beneath me!

So I had started slow, settling for a nice easy run, legs picked up followed by an early sprint that left me almost blowing up before I could finish!

So … I crossed the line …. Turned the garmin off ….. 26:32!!!!! WOW WOW WOW Ive been trying to get that sub 27 minute since August last year when my 2nd ever parkrun set my PB! I’ve been up in 29 minute marks, back down to the 28 minute mark … Followed by back at 27:30 something! But never been to come close to even 27:00!


The scanner won’t scan my barcode …. ARGGGGGGHHHHH! But a nice man took my number and position and wrote it down … I begged him to make sure it went on …. I needed to see it on the results page!

My “official” park run time was 26:57! My garmin was out because of the slow start …. I started it once I got moving! So in happy both ways …. I know my garmin is my run time and the web page is my “gun time” either way I RUN SUB 27 MINUTES! I even had a wee dance when I met up with Tim at the finish line!



I would highly recommend Endcliffe park as a course! It’s very very pretty and super friendly! It was so inspiring to see so many people running! Every type of runner out doing it! But the most awesome thing was all the kids! I could literally if just run with the next Jess Ennis or Mo Farah! Getting kids doing sport is amazing (and of course running is the best sport to get into)! So thank you to all the runners, supporters and volunteers at Endcliffe Park today … You made my day!!

Love Sandie xxxx

Made friends with Parkrun ….


So week 3 marathon training almost complete ……

Monday – short recovery run and gym session

Tuesday – speed training (awesome session)

Wednesday – gym session (beasted my the instructor) and a 5.5 mile run

Thursday – Rest

Friday – Rest

Followed by the routine saturday morning parkrun which after last week I was DREADING!!!


So I completed it … slower than last week!! WITH NO TEARS! I didn’t moan to hubby, I didn’t feel defeated .. I felt great … Like I had completed a training run and proud to be a healthy, happy “runner”

So what changed???

Nothing different in my prep … I hadn’t slept (insomnia seems to be my new infliction at the minute), I had breakfast, hadn’t changed anything … In fact felt pretty rough!

My mental attitude had changed! Following last week, chatting to running friend gurus and Seeing this picture ….


…. I remembered why I run!!

The complete answer to why? will be a full other blog … But I run because it challenges me and makes me me! It makes me happy! And today I saw and heard a few things that reminded me that this is a sport that I do … Because i can and Because I love it!

The young… Whilst on my first lap I had 2 young boys (about 8 years old) just in front of me and I could hear them chatting to each other … A few quotes…

“Just remember its not a race”
“Keep going and we will sit out for 30 seconds soon”
“If we don’t finish it doesn’t matter”
“I’m ok to keep going …. Are you”

I’m proud to say those young boys stopped and started … Together …. the whole way and finished 10 seconds after me! But they are right … My time doesn’t actually matter, I was in fact ok to keep going – even if it meant slowing down!

I have never spoken to either of those boys … But I’m proud of them … And I hope they keep up their running journey!

The old …. so when we finished, barcode scanned and started to walk to the car … I saw something I can’t even describe the awesomeness of! An old lady running!

Now I know as long as your healthy you can keep running as long as you can! And I’ve been beaten in plenty of races of people probably double my age! But this lady was different!

She was wearing tracksuit bottoms, a jacket (not a running one), a wooly hat, asics trainers and a full face of make up! She was easily in her 80’s and doing no more than a 12 minute mile! But she looked amazing and proud to be out pounding the pavements!

I thought then … I hope I’m still running at her age … And I hope I look as glamorous!

So what …

One day will come when I can’t run …. It might be tomorrow or it might be when I am 80 …. but why get miserable when one run doesn’t go my way!


Parkrun blues are no more! I am going to love the mud as long as it stays …. A PB will come in time! I just need to keep on running and remember the reason I love it!!!


10 mile reflection



First ever race …

These pictures are of me pre and post The great south run 2009! The race I trained for when I started running!

Today I thought a Lot about that race! Today was long run day in marathon training and I had to run 10 miles …. The same distance I trained for that first race!

It hit me …. Today I had no trouble or worries or concerns about reaching that distance! But back then …. I remember running my final long training run of 8 miles …. I was so nervous and so excited about doing those 8 but worried if I would ever manage the full 10!? I did of course … I completed it in 1 hour 52 minutes … A time I am still pretty proud of!

Today’s effort ….


The picture of my watch after today’s run!! This “training” 10 miles turned out quicker than my race pace back in 2009. Although that doesn’t shock me (in fact I think something had gone seriously wrong if I wasn’t quicker) It did made me think of my progression! I’ve come a long way!

progression 1. speed training …. I LOVE IT! Short sharp sessions when I feel like I want to die! Before …. I would do anything to avoid getting out of breath … I liked a long slow bimble run!

progression 2. I can run without music! In fact sometimes the music gets into my head too much and it annoys me! I ran my last 2 races without my iPod and surprised myself I could keep going! A good friend of mine used to tell people I was the most unsocial person running wise and I would run “with” people but always have my earphones in!!

Which leads nicely into

progression 3.Running with people! That friend that grumbles about my headphone wearing never ran with me! I hardly ever run with anyone … I ran alone! Since Bournemouth marathon and joining the running club …. I have found a new love for company on the move! But what amazes me even more … I can run quicker …. And talk …. And enjoy it … When I have good company! So for getting me around today at a quicker pace than I had planned …. Thank you to my lovely running friends for a wonderful run and catch up
On a cold Sunday morning!

So 5 years of on and off running I am now addicted! Addicted to pace, distance, routes and running kit! My day revolves around when I am going for my daily session with the pavement! I look back at me running that first 10 miles and I thank her for her commitment …. Because by lacing up those trainers then …. Has led me to my training today!

Bring it on Milton Keynes … That sub 4:30 marathon is mine!!