Run like ‘elle is a diary account of a fashion, arts, travel journalist and global trend forecaster who made her novice foray in to the sports world running the London Marathon 2011, and forgot to stop at the finish line.
Watch the trials, tribulations and tumbles of the least sporty runner you're likely to meet.
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Today I did my furthest run to date, a not-too-bad-at-all 20 miles! I'm in the country staying with my parents this weekend, so decided to to take them with me. Meet Training Team Hanky a.k.a my Mum and Dad
It was my Mum's first time on a bike for about 20 years (and I think her bike is older than she is!) So after a somewhat wobbly but hilarious start we set off in to the hills.
On my run I passed misty mountains and babbling brooks, fields full of horses - a few of which galloped alongside me as I ran past. A road kill mink, raft racers, crazy cars and sweet honesty boxes selling freshly cut flowers.
In stark contrast to my idyllic surroundings, my soundtrack comprised of NWA, Salt n Pepa and Method Man! I even tried my first carb gel - a tube of concentrated carbohydrates designed for endurance sports, which I can honestly report is absolutely DISGUSTING!
Unfortunately I hadn't calculated the route length very precisely, so when I finished my 20 miles I found I still had another 4 miles to walk to get home! By this time is was getting cold, and my sense of humour had started to wane, so I hitch-hiked back to Hay, and got home before my Mum and Dad to put the kettle on! (Passers-by are nicer in the county)
I am seriously enjoying this beautiful springtime weather, and have even shed a few layers to prove it - though I remain in jackets and jeans (all this bare legs and flip flops business is too much too soon as far as I'm concerned).
Anyway, my point is that in addition to wearing lighter layers I've also been sporting lighter colours too (though admittedly I am writing this wearing head-to-toe black). I was super happy when a lovely pair of Nike Free 3 trainers were delivered to my desk in sky blue. The light colour embraces the changing of the seasons, and the black detailing means that I can still wear them with everything I already own - as it's allllll black.
Thanks Nike. A song to say thanks?!
A Lighter Shade Of Blue - Skip Ewing
My friend Salman ran the Los Angeles marathon yesterday, and battled the elements to come in at a very respectable 4.45 Having endured the training myself (though not the race, yet) I have the utmost respect for anyone who has the tenacity and willpower to attempt a marathon, so massive congratulations to Salman :-)
You can read my pre marathon interview with him here
And this is how a friend suggested he might be feeling today. I think it might be time to book myself a preemptive sports massage!
For anyone who's interested, please feel free to get involved & send me your marathon music mix. It takes a long time to run marathon run, and a whole lot of music to get you through. That's why I'm looking for mixes from you lot.
Mixes should be 20 minutes long and make at least one reference to water (because I'm running for Wateraid) The winning mix will be featured on the blog and available for download in return for donations - as with all run like 'elle mixes. It will also provide the soundtrack to my big day in four weeks today!