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Derwent Reservoir Long Run



Well the photo above was took by hubby at mile 7ish!!! I think I look pretty good! My runners high from silverstone lasted all Sunday into my rest day in Monday and then …. crash!!!! Sandie was TIRED! I had given silverstone all my effort I forgot I had to train for the rest of the week! Family and things got on top on Tuesday so I decided to give myself an extra day off before doing 10 miles on Wednesday before seeing another PB of the week in Thursday when I ran by usual club 6 miles at 9:10 pace (I’m normally no faster than 9:40)! This was followed by another PB at Sheffield Hallam parkrun (fantastic parkrun to do)! So pretty good week running!

Sunday run!!!

Now my problem for the weekend was we were visiting family in sheffield – I had – 18 miles to do and didn’t know where to go!! So hubby decided to take me to derwent reservoir – I could run and him and his brother could do some fitness of their own! Perfect!

Woke up …. A perfect day for running! Sun was out and lovely and fresh! I even run in a t-shirt!!

As we arrived I was worried about getting lost, collapsing , not being able to finish!! So hubby asked a man out walking how far the run was! His reply was “run round derwent it’s 10 miles, run round derwent AND ladybower and it’s 15 ish”.


SO because I felt nervous about my new run I decided to leave my water with the lads and run the 10 mile route …. Twice (but meeting at the car which would make 18 miles)! So off I went!

Lost …..

Well the plan went wrong! I ended up running both reservoirs ….. With no water! It’s sheffield area so bloody hilly (I live in Oxfordshire – hills are non existent)! The only thing that kept me going …. The views …..


I actually think this was my favourite run EVER!!!

It was beautiful, everyone was friendly and said Hi … I was more impressed that I passed a man on mile 3 running the other way that I then passed again near the end …. And he looked how I felt!! As we passed a smile and a few … “Good effort” comments I lifted my chest high determined to finish the last few miles!!!

By the time I met Tim … He said “where have you been … Do you still need to do another lap” – I could kill him! But instead I gasped for water! Thank goodness I had taken my gels with me!

I had managed to RUN the full 18 without stopping at pace I was very very happy with!! Training for bournmouth last year I struggled with these long runs and never completed anything over 15 miles without walking for a while!

Happy with training …

So I’m still happy with how training is going! Only 8 weeks to go …. The next 6 weeks being the toughest on my programme!! I just keep thinking of the feeling of crossing that line …. And all this tiredness, effort, dedication and commitment will be worth it!

This weeks lessons ..

1. Yorkshire is beautiful to run in …. Highly recommend this run!!

2. Don’t leave your water behind …. It’s important!

3. Love SiS gels …. Can really feel them work!


Where is your favourite run??

Love Sandie xx


Busy week 5!!!


Busy week ……

So throughout this week there have been a few things running wise I have wanted to blog about ….. but…… 1. The husband coming back from 6 weeks in Iraq, 2. Starting uni again, 3. Training for a marathon, 4. Working full time AND blogging just got too much SO ….. I thought I would finish week 5 with a round up of training!!!!

MONDAY …. recovery run versus just plain old rest …. I chose rest!!! I figured I had a busy running week ahead on my programme so I wouldn’t miss a 30 minute recovery run!!

TUESDAY ….. speed night with running club!! Before i left the house the rain was literally bouncing off the ground!!! the motivation of how i managed to drag myself along is another story BUTI WAS ON FIRE!!! Session was mile reps (I have a love/hate relationship with mile reps!!) But rest Monday obviously worked … I did my fastest reps to date! Managed 8:20, 8:30 and 8:40! Plus a warm up and cool down!! I LOVED it! Really felt like all the hard work was paying off!!!

WEDNESDAY ….. mid week run! Met up with some girlies from club and did 4.5 miles around the town! We were in for a nice steady 10ish minute mile until Abby decided she wanted a race to finish!!! We had a fast last half mile which took us sub 10
Average! For a girl that used to do everything to avoid running with company …. I seem to have embraced it! It now gives me the challenge I need!!

THURSDAY ….. wow my running god of a friend has this time round created a monster … Two runs in one day!! This may kill me Run 1. on the programme as a nice 4 miles …. I underestimated my distance … And did 5 instead!! All at a 10 minute mile!! Run 2. running club!! As usual for a Thursday …. 6 miles … Averaging 10 min miles! Although I think to myself that 10 minute miles is a gentle plod for some people ….. I’m pretty impressed that its my “training pace”! Bloody heck …. Marathon pace is 10:15 and I’m consistently below it for most runs!! This …… Excites me!!!

FRIDAY ….. REST REST REST REST REST REST (and an early night at 10pm) my marathon training Friday nights are so rock and roll!

SATURDAY … whoop whoop it’s parkrun day! And this is my new plan ……


TRAIL SHOES!! all brand new and sparkly …. Until 5km later …….


Not so new and sparkly trail shoes!! However ….. I will embrace the mud and wet …. Because these bad boys knocked a minute off my recent times and ……..


Best parkrun position to date! it was a super happy parkrun day!!!

AND SUNDAY …. long run day sneaked up on me! So Sunday saw 14 miles! Mile 1 can only be described as painful!!! I could not make my legs move … My pace averaged 10:55 for that first one and 10:30 for number 2! So not so bad when I think about …. After all long run days are …. Long and slow right??? Wrong!!! by the time I met the girls I was down to 10:20 and miles 8-10 saw paces of 9:30! So my overall run saw a PB half marathon on the old garmin and 14 miles completed in 2:21:21! super pleased!

Once again I am seeing paces that are faster than I was expected and l still feel fantastic! Training is going well and I can’t wait to see if it all pays off in May!!

Happy running everyone xxxx

picture from March edition of runners world!

End of Week 4!!!


One page down…..

So this is 4 weeks worth of my training programme for Milton Keynes …. It is one page out of 4.5!

As i crossed off that 12 miler – last square at the end I breathed a sigh of relief, feeling the sense if achievement – and then I looked at the other 3.5 pages I have still to get through! But that’s what I do it for …. The feeling I get when I have achieved so much … With the drive to continue in what is still to come!!

So week 4!!!

This week was an “easy” week! My programme was developed for me by a very good friend and my instruction for this week was … “only run the runs … Do no more” YES!!!! I get an extra days rest and BOY DID I LOVE IT!!

So Monday … recovery run!! 3.5 miles done at a nice easy 11:00 minutes per mile! As I set out thinking “how i love an easy run” this thought quickly changed to …. “Recovery runs are the hardest of the week”. Legs like lead!!

Tuesday speed training with my running club! It was PAINFULL! We did 1km laps! Up to 1km back for 1km – so I did 4 in total! When added onto the warm up and cool down it turned out around 4 miles at an average pace of 8:55! Which I was pretty happy with as my legs still felt heavy!

Wednesday .. REST REST REST! Although I did cheat a little bit from my orders and did some strength and core! Squat! squat! squat!

Thursday …. club night! Our normal 10km route and I planned to take it easy at a nice 10:00 min/mile! Well I got chatting checked the Garmin which displayed at nice 9:10! We finished in 9:30 average and I felt super pleased …. Proof I’m getting quicker!

Friday ….. Rest .. And Rest I did!

Saturday …. Oxford parkrun … My current nemesis! BUT I DID IT! It wasn’t a PB but I got it back under 29 minutes … At a nice …. 28:59! Ha ha! Considering the conditions are still mud bath central I was happy!


Pleased to say these are the old trainers … I couldn’t bare putting the new ones through it!

And finally …. Sunday … Long run day! All hyped up ready for 12 miles! Started off myself doing 2 miles before meeting the girls and doing 8 followed by 2 home! And in true English style at the minute … It was raining! Not just a drizzle … TORRENTIAL RAIN … And wind! My face was screwed up and I looked awful but the truth is …. I loved it! I couldn’t help run with my shoulders back and chest out with pride …. Knowing that even though the conditions were awful …. I was out there doing it! And all completed in a 10:20 average pace!

If I keep that pace up over training …. I am going to smash this 4 hour 30 minutes!!

Summary… I am loving training for this marathon! I feel like I have 1 under my belt so I know I can do the distance and I know the pain and emotion to come! I just feel like I am taking it in my stride and the miles will come! I feel relaxed about the whole thing!

Remind me if this is March/April – when it really kicks in!!

Happy running all!!