Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Gung-Ho Seriously Fun 5k

Hello everyone 

Another weekend Another event! 

This one is down to my lovely friend Lyndsey who emailed a group of us way back on 13th February about this 5k with inflatable obstacles.
On 8th March 7 of us from work (Me, Lyndsey, Helen, Zoe, Katrina, Lynne & Patricia) and Lyndsey's sister all signed up. 
Some of Lyndsey's friends also signed up later so it was quite a wee gang by the time 13th May came round.

I wasn't too concerned about the running but the 10 inflatable obstacles terrified me!
You can see some examples on the Gung-Ho website here.

On Saturday morning it was absolutely chucking it down as I headed off into Edinburgh to meet everyone. 
Thankfully it had stopped raining by the time we got to The Meadows but was grey & damp but we were all excited & nervous about what lay ahead.

We were also joined by Zoe's support /cheer / photography team, Luke & Eric. Thank you so much Luke for some cracking photos.

While we were waiting for our start time 11.15, Patricia finished her 5k, she had the biggest smile on her face. This was her first event since she had her little girl. Massive well done xx

About 11.10 we were called to the warm up area for a cheesy warm up hosted by Pure Gym.

11.15 we were in the start area & we were in the first group to set off. They were staggering the start in about groups of 15 to 20.
After the first obstacle there was a bit of a run to the next one, we ended up naturally falling into 3 groups, loosely on running pace /ability....Zoe & I, followed by Lyndsey, her sister Sarah & friends & then Helen, Lynne & Katrina.
The first 5 obstacles weren't too bad and Zoe &! I seemed to quite a bit ahead of the rest of our group....but then it got tough.
We came to an obstacle which had massive queues & we were about 15 - 20 minutes waiting then probably 10 minutes getting over. I knew with my little legs I'd never jump it so I got one of the race crew to let me use his hands to put my foot into & the other at the top to take my hands & pull me up.....only to get to the top to discover the same again though slightly less steep.

Seemed to be quite a bit of running after that.

Then we got to the 10 foot wall, this was also really difficult, although it had holes in it, it was impossible to get a grip, I managed to get about a third of the way up and again the friendly race crew took my hands and helped me pull myself the rest of the way up. People were trying to climb down the other side but again almost impossible to hold on but I decided to just throw myself over.

Then a massive obstacle that involved climbing and bouncing... I was doing great till I lost momentum in the middle & fell in a puddle in a dip. Absolutely soaked to the skin. Again helped out by the race crew & by Zoe.
"Yes....I'm completely soaking wet now"
Then onto the final obstacle the slide or the castle jump. I wanted to do the slide....again a bit of a queue but this moved quite quickly....

The slide was simply awesome :-) including the foam at the bottom. The girl who came down fast after me managed to take me out at the back on the knees & I ended up flat on my back in the foam, covered head to toe.... I was completely ok, in fact it's the most I have laughed in ages.

At the finish area we got our headbands & t-shirts. 

As Zoe and I finished first I was able to get my bag from the bag drop and get video clips of the rest of the gang on the slide.

I think it's safe to safe we all had a brilliant time.
Would I recommend it?......YES
Only thing they could do with is somewhere to change....journey home in wet clothes meant I got a bit cold.
It was also a bit pricey by comparison to other running events but definitely worth it so if you have the chance book as soon as you can to take advantage of the early bird prices.

Would I do it again?.....YES YES YES

I also completed my Virtual Runner May fun run on Sunday with 5k & another 19 seconds off my time.

And I've completed my Virtual Runner May Triathlon today.

Next up Edinburgh Marathon Festival 5k....Arthur's Seat!

Thanks for reading 
Lots of love
Fudgey xxxxx

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Fudgey's 17 for 17

Hello everyone

As promised a post about this year's challenge, I'm sure most of you know what it is....the title kind if gives it away, but I'll fill you in on the details & background so far.

After a tough year last year, I was determined to do something a little special, especially in memory of my mum. I've found it hard to grieve & for me the way to cope is to do something positive & continue to make my Mum proud of the girl she made.

After my 7th London Marathon rejection in October 2016, I had already signed up for the Loch Ness Marathon - Thanks Rachael Welby. This will be my 4th marathon & whilst it's a huge commitment & challenge to run 26.2 miles, it didn't seem enough lol.

Inspired by Iain Opray's 16 for 16 (16 events in 2016) & Life & Lifting's 30 for 30 (30 events for her 30th birthday year), the idea of 17 for 17 started to emerge.
I think the first person I mentioned this to was my lovely friend Lyndsey Esland who then told her husband James who apparently thinks I'm a badass! Thanks James.

And so the idea of 17 for 17 began. But how to fit in 17 events logistically whilst being a full time working mummy & wife?

There is now a whole new world of Virtual events, offering all kinds of 'races' with amazing medals & you can usually complete these at a time, place & pace that suits you. So far most of my virtual events have been with Virtual Runner UK, & I have done one with Virtual Pace Series & signed up for one each with Full Medal Runs & Awesome Virtual Running Events. 
I also have a number of traditional organised events. Check out my upcoming events page to see what is scheduled.

So here we are at March 9th & I 've collected a bit of a bling collection so far.

#1 The Great Winter Run 5k 7th January 
35 minutes 13 seconds

#2Virtual Runner Resolution Run 1st - 8th January
Distance challenge over those dates 25.75km (16 miles)
20% of entry fee to The Cure Parkinson's Trust
Girls Run the world Runuary
Run everyday in January

#3 Virtual Runner Love you to the Moon & back February 
Distance challenge over month of February 164.3km (102 miles)
20% of entry fee to Count the Kicks

#4 Virtual Pace Series International Women's Day 8th March (4th - 11th March)
Either 10k or 10 miles
Unfortunately just before my chest infection but managed to get 10km done

Virtual Event Conqueror events Route 66 - Team Unicorn 
A team challenge to cover the 2,280 miles of Route 66
We smashed it, finishing as first team on 22nd March having started January 1st
Thank you Jo Gennari for asking me to be part of this.

#5 Kilomathon (13.1km) 9th April
1 hour 28 minutes 51 seconds

#6 Great Edinburgh Run (10 miles) 23rd April
New PB! by 3 minutes 41 seconds!
1 hour 52 minutes 7 seconds
Lands End to John O'Groats Virtual Race (605 miles)
I'm not including this in my 2017 challenge, though most of the miles have come this year.
Started 10th January 2016 & finally finished it 23rd April 2017
For a number of reasons my running fell apart a bit in the first part of 2016 but you can see I've totally turned it around....
Totally geeky  stats
Jan to Sept 2016: 109.7 miles
Oct to Dec 2016: 178.8 miles
Jan to 23 April 2017: 316.5 miles

#7 Virtual Runner Give a girl the right shoes challenge April 
Complete a marathon (26.2 miles) during month of April 125.4km (78 miles)
20% of entry fee to Wish upon a Star

#8 Virtual Runner May the fourth be with you Falcon 5k
A slow plod pre PT session & work on 4th May 36 minutes 33 seconds 
20% of entry fee to Clic Sargent
And I'm still somehow running everyday...Day 221 today
I'll try not to leave to too long till my next post, I'm hoping the rest of May will deliver another 4 medals so watch this space
Take Care Everyone
Lots of Love
Fudgey xxx
PS: Photos of my medal collection are on my facebook page

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

The Fudgey Blog is back

Well hello everyone!

Yes it's been a while I know....not far off 2 years....but I'm back & going to attempt to get my blogging going again.

So where to start?

After the Edinburgh marathon in May 2015, my running mojo kind of did a runner. I was working on a big project at work & being a wife, mum, sister, daughter... You all know the many hats we all wear. Life just got in the way & me time was a bit lacking.

Some of you may also know that my Mum was very ill & there were many trips home in 2016. I also spent a few months visiting The Spinal rehabilitation unit in Glasgow most weekends. 

There were plenty of smiles & laughter too. One of the highlights was our summer trip to Benbecula & especially the day trip to Stornoway in the happy bus Me, my Sis, 4 girls & Robbie 😂

In 2016 I entered both the Kilomathon & The Great Edinburgh Run but had to withdraw from both due to illness. I spent most of 2016 with a cough, cold, chest infection or virus but stubbornly tried to keep going and never took time to recover. 

I'd also been successful in getting a ballot place for The Great North Run in September....

5 weeks before GNR I really didn't know if i'd make it to the start line but on the 8th August I took the decision that I was taking back control & not only was I making the start line I was finishing too even if I had to walk the entire 13.1 miles. I'd had a cough again since July though & just couldn't get rid of it but I wasn't withdrawing from another race.

11th September Great North Run... I did it! Personal worst time 2 hours 55 minutes & 39 seconds. But i did it & raised over £500 for the British Lung Foundation & Spinal Injuries Scotland.

A few weeks rest after GNR & then I decided to do the Ron Hill Runtober challenge....basically run every day in October. I set myself a goal of a mile or 15 minutes each day.

I refound my focus & my love of running & a great group of like minded running crazies. This was definitely the beginning of the Fudgey comeback.... Though I maybe didn't realise this at the time.

On 2nd October I ran 5k in 41 minutes 17 seconds...well had to start somewhere but a long way from my pre baby form...something to work on

I also received my 7th London Marathon Ballot result....NO again :-(

10th October... Entered Loch Ness Marathon in September 2017

In November I was finally diagnosed with asthma...but that's not holding me back. I also finally got rid of the cough I'd had since July!

1st November...with Runtober complete...what to do? Keep going a bit longer....might aim for 50 days

1st December....still running....might aim for 75 days

14th December....75 days done.....might aim for 100 days

At the end of December my Mum died, quite suddenly & though we all knew she wouldn't get better it came a little unexpectedly but quickly & peacefully at the end of a good day for her.

I still ran every day through this really difficult time, it helped a lot & I know my Mum would have encouraged me to keep going. Thank you to everyone for their love & support.

January 2017.... A crazy idea started to form...17 events in 2017?

And that's the subject of my next blog post.

Please bear with me while I give my poorly neglected blog some care & maintenance and I hope you'll keep following me 

Lots of Love
Fudgey xxx

Monday, 1 June 2015

Race Report Edinburgh Marathon 31st May 2015

Hello all

As promised my race report for the marathon but I have to start this post with the biggest most enormous Thank you ever to Granny and Papa Fudgey Smith, they had little Miss Bug from teatime Saturday till Sunday which allowed me to get just myself ready for the race and for Papa Fudgey Smith for coming to the rescue and picking us up post race...apparently my face fell when hubby told me how far the transport was from the finish....but his next words were 'so dad is collecting us' :-)
You guys just are the best x

While I am on Thank yous, I may as well try and do them they usually come at the end but without so many people's love, support, inspiration & bullying I may not have even made the start line. My mum and dad from whom I inherited my determination, stubborness and sheer bloody mindedness, My Sis who has is without a doubt the strongest most amazing beautiful inspirational person I know. My little Bug :-) poor long suffering hubby... I could start a blog just about how much he has to put up with along the marathon journey.
There are so many people to mention and I am sure I will forget someone so please don't be offended...this is Thank you to everyone of you... All my fudgeytastic family and friends...Neil, Lyndsey, Di, Jo, Ros, Lynne, Jayne, Anne, Eileen. Thank you

Pre Race Prep

I'm actually going to go back a couple of days to Friday, we had a day off and a wee trip to Glasgow as I had bought tickets for the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular for our 5th wedding anniversary last year.

We went for a lovely lunch and then to the show...which was absolutely fantastic. I also managed a stop into Run4it in Bothwell street and a new running belt and some nutrition supplies.

Saturday was Bug's usual swimming lesson and then we both had an afternoon nap before taking her to Granny and Papa's a.k.a The Spa. Obligatory carb loading with pasta for dinner and kit prep for Sunday, including preparing for the bad weather forecast.

Then an earlyish night in preparation for the big day.

Race Day
Up at 6am, force feeding myself porridge and plenty of water, feeling sick with nerves. 
On the bus at 7.40am into Edinburgh, toilet at bus station
A small coffee at Cafe Nero and then put my top with number and gel belt on, another toilet stop.
Headed to Waterloo place, cut through St James centre, 2 toilet trips in under 5 minutes. 
At Waterloo place changed my fleece and jacket for a makeshift black bag overall and put my bag onto the baggage lorry. Then a trip to the portaloos. Lots of portaloos and really well organised and quick moving queues. 
So after about 17 toilet visits I joined my start pen and hubby headed off to cheer me on.
I think it took about 10 minutes to get across the start line but finally we were off. Waved to hubby at Abbeyhill, then saw him again heading into Holyrood.
So far the threatened rain stayed off.
I was running really smoothly and feeling really good and the miles passed quickly. A small shower as we reached portabello but nothing major. I decided to take off my running gloves and put them in my pocket. 
At around 8 /9 miles I was still running strong and was spurred on seeing Colin Ritchie from my office at the water station.

Around 10 miles I saw the motorcycles and lead car and then the male race leader and eventual winner. This is one of the slight negatives about the route, there are long stretches where there are runners many miles ahead of you running in the opposite direction.

I ran fantastically until 16 miles and then the gale force winds got me. The next 10 miles were a battle head first into the wind. I actually have a very painful neck from running bent forward head down into the wind. I also had a problem with my right foot, my feet had obviously swelled with the miles and my shoe was too tight but I didn't dare stop to attempt to loosen it.

I had also forgotten how soul destroying the gosford estate section of the route was, lovely coastal route and then off road through the estate but miles of no supporters.

Around 22 miles I was struggling but a lovely fellow runner started chatting to me and we ran together for a while...we pulled each other through.

Around 23 miles the rain started and I had to put my gloves on, it was icy cold as well as the wind but again it was only a brief shower.

Then there it was the 25 mile banner.... I was going to do this...

26 miles...and there was Hubby cheering me on

Into Pinkie school...legs burning wanted to stop and walk but not a chance in front of the many spectators 

And across the finish line :-) Garmin time 5 hours 29 minutes 55 seconds. Official time 5 hours 30 minutes 27 seconds.

Post Race

The runners finishing area was actually pretty empty and a wee bit of an anti climax...but I got my water, goody bag and medal. Big thumbs up for the medal being put round my neck rather than in the bag. Thumbs bananas.

Into the reunion area and was just getting my phone to ring Hubby when I saw him. After he told me we were getting a lift home, we went and collected my bag and headed off to find Dad. 
In the car I finally loosened my shoe laces and had my recovery drink. 
Home and straight into an ice bath, then showered. I was in bed by 8pm

The day after

I am pretty stiff and tender today, seem to be Ok if I keep moving...won't be funny when I try to move after sitting writing this!

This will be my last Edinburgh marathon having done it twice. It is really well organised with the exception of the transport... I couldn't have walked half an hour uphill from the finish to get the bus after running 26.2 miles, but I would recommend the Edinburgh Marathon festival to anyone, I have now done the 5k, half marathon and full marathon. Maybe I will do the 10k or form part of a relay team next year, but I also feel it's time for new pastures.
And now after sitting here for about an hour and a half I will haul my weary body upstairs, back to normal routine tomorrow.

Take care everyone 
Lots of love 
Fudgey xxx

Official Marathon training week 16 & 17

Hello all,

I am so sorry that I have not been able to post, there has just been so much going on.

This is a quick catch up from my last couple of weeks of training.

Week 16 - week beginning 18th May

Tuesday 19th May - 3.48 miles, short on time but squeezed in a short one.
Friday 22nd May - 4.57 miles, part of way to work.

Week 17 - week beginning 25th May - Marathon week!

Monday 25th May - a day off work, ran 3 times
Run 1 - 2.5 miles to nursery
Run 2 - 1.5 miles back from nursery pushing buggy....uphill
Run 3 - 2.24 speedy miles once Miss Bug was down for her afternoon nap

Wednesday 27th - last pre marathon run, brilliant 6.63 miles part of way to work. Feeling ready :-)

And that brought my marathon training to an end.....time for the big event

Sunday 31st May - Edinburgh marathon 

I did it....full details to follow later tonight but I am a 3 time marathon finisher. Legs pretty sore today but so proud of myself.

Back later
Lots of love
Fudgey xxxx

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Official Marathon Training Week 15....marathon ready???

Hello Fudgey followers

How are we all?

This was my last hard week of training before the marathon which is 2 weeks today.

It's been an up and down week in general

Monday: a wee day off as Bug had her 27 to 30 month assessment. She is doing great and is demonstrating advanced communication skills LOL! After her assessment we took her to the soft play where she had a great time. 

Tuesday: I had a terrible day, one of those days where everything is a wrong move. Started with not feeling great so no pre work run and just snowballed from there. Thankfully it did end better than it started as I headed out for a run once Bug was in bed. It was pretty cold, and incredibly windy but I think my bad day pushed me to run a fast lung busting 2.65 miles

Thursday: a pyramid speed session 3.23 miles and feeling really good. Downside was that I was pretty pumped up and couldn't sleep, unfortunately just as I lay down at 12.30 Bug decided to wake up distressed....we were up till 4am. Mr Fudgey's alarm went off at 5.30 am for work :-( I managed a little more sleep as I start work later on a Friday.

Friday: functioning on around 2 hours sleep, made it through the day...and into bed by 9pm

Saturday: normal service resumed and we all lay in till 6.45am. Bug had her swimming lesson and then in the afternoon I ran 16.5 perfect non stop miles. Everything was just good...body, mind, hydration and nutrition. This was my last 'long' run before the marathon. Bug helped with my ice bath again.

Marathon nutrition: a few weeks ago I started trying Torq products, having previously used Science in Sport and have to say I am a convert. The gels are really easily digested and the flavours are awesome. I wasn't keen on the yoghurt ones but more as I am not a big yoghurt fan, the banoffee one I found very sickly but the flavour was spot on. My absolute favourite has to be the raspberry ripple, followed by rhubarb and custard and apple crumble. I have also been using the cookies and cream recovery mixes really well, tastes fabulous and definitely aids recovery. This week I also tried one of their bars after my long run...raspberry and white chocolate fizz....very dense and I didn't eat the whole bar....but absolutely delicious. I'll be getting another for after the marathon. Finally I tried the lemon and lime energy drink... I am not a great energy drink fan, it was nice but I think I will stick with Arbonne fizz sticks.

Here's a link to their site

Marathon ready?: so.....hell yeah....after that run on Saturday I know that I have done as much as I can. I would have really liked another 20 miler but unfortunately I didn't get a long run in week 14. It's hard to predict what will have on race day after all 26.2 miles is a long way and you can't pre order the weather etc, but I don't fear the distance, I respect it though. At this moment I am excited for race day and quietly confident of making it to the finish line.

So let the tapering commence

Take care all

Lots of love 
Fudgey xxxx

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Official Marathon Training Week 14

Hello all

Just another short post, so much going on just now

I think this summed me up last week....

And I think a few of my family and friends felt much the same.

I only managed 2 very short runs because of this, partly due to needing a few days at the start of the week to recover from my 21 miler.

Fri 8th May 1.58 miles
Sat 9th May 1.68 miles

Both runs testing out the 2 new pairs of running shoes I treated myself to.

Apart from the non running time due to a sickness bug in March this has been my worst week of training, but I am actually fairly relaxed about it, my body really needed the rest and this week I feel better for it.

I still have a race report to write for The Great Edinburgh Run...which hopefully I will be able to do next week.

Will be back soon

Lots of love
Fudgey xxxxx