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Event 18 - Run2music Brighton

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This event is a 5km,10km or half marathon route by Dukes Mound on Madeira Drive. The plan was for the kids to take part in the 5km and I’d continue to complete the 10km. The weather forecast was rain but I wasn’t worried.... we’d invested in fancy dress wigs to keep the rain off!! The unicorn wigs were an absolute hit with the girls....and the supporting crowd it seemed. Seb however wanted the earth to open up and swallow him whole, poor kid, making him wear a luminous green Afro. It’s all character building you know haha!!
Around 40 + Runpals we’re officially signed up for this event but I have a feeling there were more?! Love doing events with these guys. High fives, encouragement, loads of fun, just amazing! Shout out to the minipals who really were anything but mini. Theia just kept saying “I’m running on my own” “I’m running on my own” Miss Independent! And Alyssa didn’t just win the 5km junior race she was the fastest female on the course - wow!
My first 2.5km was slow and stead…

Back to the blogging!

I've just had about a month off from challenges and a break from social media posting about my 40 race challenge. Hats off to the bloggers out there that write regularly. I find it very hard as I've never been much of a writer. I have to admit I did enjoy the break. 
There's been no break in the training though apart from work getting in the way a lot of the time, oh what I could achieve if I didn't have to work full time! 
After my successful bid for a place in the Prudential Ride London 100 mile cycle ride and the London to Brighton Bike Ride coming up, I have invested in a turbo trainer to clock up the cycling miles in preparation. Newsflash - watching TV whilst cycling for 2 hours just doesn't cut it. I associate TV with relaxing so working up a sweat just doesn't feel right and the turbo - even though I bought a good one thats apparently not noisy - it still is, well enough that you have to turn the sound on the TV right up. But my young children are usual…

Event 12 - Brighton Half Marathon 2019

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This event was such a big deal to me. Its the furthest I have ever run in my life and around six weeks ago while training (on a treadmill - I was in Bulgaria and there was loads of snow which prevented running outside) I ran 20km and didn't go any further as I didn't want to spoil the elation I knew I'd feel completing this very first half marathon. So this was my chance, my goal, my Everest (for now!).

And the pressure....oh the pressure! I knew deep down I could do the distance but I went and injured my foot somehow last week on the Slindon Slog so the whole week was complete rest to make sure I would heal and be ready for the distance. For the first three days I couldn't walk and then the rest of the week I was hobbling and the entire time I was completely stressing out worrying about starting the race and having to retire due to injury.

Prior to the race, I've never been so prepared for one. As most of you know I'm the ever optimist which means I do everyt…

Event 11 - Slindon Slog 2019

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On Sunday 17th February 2019 myself and a group of the Runpals descended on Slindon for a 10 mile trail run with a bit of mud and water thrown in. Not sure how this seems to happen when generally the British weather can be well....pissy! but the sun always seems to be shining for my challenges :-)
The organisers had provided childcare for the event so with my two girls settled in and happily colouring, playing games and the like I went off to find the pals and prepare (which basically means queue for the loo and talk about to sexy pace or not to sexy pace?!!) Mmmmm you are wondering!
Jon, Matt, Leigh and Conrad said they were going to be running sexy pace and did I want to join them? After a bout of tonsillitis and this being only day 5 of a course of antibiotics to clear said infection I was very happy to hear no one was attempting this run fast....apart from Des of course!

The scenery is stunning for this run. A mix of Slindon pits (the mud and water bit), woods, open countryside a…

Event 10 - Maverick Inov-8 West Sussex 15km Jan 26th 2019

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Fast forward a month to January..... Xmas hadn't been the best as I came down with a throat infection on Xmas day after running around after Amelie with the same illness in the run up to Xmas. I was house bound for a week but was determined to start January positively and embark on my Red January challenge  - to exercise every day of the month to promote good mental health.

Red January went very well but I had cough for a month that quite frankly just irritated me. Luckily I didn't feel ill with it but on long runs the coughing was very annoying! By the end of January Seb and I were feeling super fit and very ready to take on the Maverick Challenge. We went for the middle distance of 15km. A trail run around the beautiful area of Amberley.

I must apologise at this point that I didn't realise until today that this event was even part of my challenge. Not all big events that I have done, are! In addition to this challenge, I've also done Britri Run the Snails (14km), Br…

Event 9 Brighton City Race 2018

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This month is was all things Xmasy! Brighton City Race took place on Saturday 22nd December - its so close to Christmas and dashing around the Lanes of Brighton in the evening when shoppers are doing last minute panick present buying and the other half are spilling out onto the streets merry and intoxicated from all the Xmas parties make this event really fun. Everyone around you is intrigued by the maniacs racing around with head torches on and maps clutched in the hand and the competitors just hope that the curiosity of the intoxicated revellers hasn't ended up in one of the orienteering controls being half inched as a bit of fun!! I was full of energy that day and had taken the kids to the Olympia Horse Show in London which I've always wanted to go and see and it was as awesome as it is on TV. We had to cut the day short to make it back to Brighton for this race and we made it in plenty of time. Dibber at the ready Seb and I went out determined to do well as we'd taken …

Event 8 - Seagulls Festive Funrun 2018

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9th December 2018 - This event was a family affair in more ways than one. Of course Brighton and Hove Albion has to be the biggest family in Brighton and all of our family went, Gareth, Seb, Sienna, Amelie and me. And when we arrived, our Runpals family was also there in the masses! This was a short run of 2km so the little ones can take part and for me the biggest draw was getting the blue Santa hat! It was a very chilly day and we all congregated in the stadium to meet gully and say our hellos to fellow runners! This was my second attempt at doing an event with all three of my youngest children - fingers crossed! We all set off in good spirits and wait for it..........about 200m into the run and just out of eyesight of Daddy, Amelie decided she didn't want to run. Who could have guessed lol?! After coaxing, cajoling, bribing and begging to no avail, I picked Amelie up and just ran with her in my arms but after a while that got pretty exhausting as despite my protestations, Amel…