Sometimes you just need to go for a blast…

I knew this was going to be a fast run even before I put on my shoes. My mind was telling me, my body was telling me, yelling at me – “MUST RUN!”


Backing up a bit…

Sunday was a good long run, setting me up for a strong hard week of running, the last before the taper into Paris.

Monday was a rest day but I noticed a tickle in my throat, and hoped it was just a bit of hayfever.

Tuesday I woke up feeling absolutely rubbish so instead of my early morning run had a sleep-in before attending a meeting. Early home and I was still feeling rubbish so no run in the evening either. I blame the girl on the Underground on Friday night who sneezed all over my arm. Gross, right?!?

Wednesday I woke up feeling better, but still not 100% so decided against a run. As I was flying to Italy for a work trip that night, I packed my running kit in my case, figuring I’d be able to get up early on Thursday morning to go for a 12km tempo run before breakfast.


For those playing at home – I’m in the final week of my marathon buildup (before the taper) and I haven’t run for three days. You can see where this going can’t you…

Nope. No run this morning either. The plane was diverted due to fog at the airport so I didn’t get to the hotel until after 4:00am. When my alarm went off this morning waking me for my run I didn’t even know where I was, let alone how to tie shoelaces! Back to bed for another hour…

It’s still Thursday as I write this (just). I arrived home from the airport at about 9:30pm, beat, knackered but completely full of nervous energy and I knew I just had to RUN. And FAST. So I did. New PB for 5km fast. Running is my drug of choice…


Who else finds their body and mind just tells them, yells at them, to RUN if they haven’t laced up for a few days?

Happy running everyone!


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Posted on March 21, 2014, in Blog, Marathon de Paris and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Hope the cold clears up quickly! And all the best for the taper week. So true, sometimes we all have to just get out there and run no matter what’s going on.

    • Thanks Anne-Marie. It was one of those 24hr sort of things. I’m pretty much 100% now, although I did have to take it easy on Tuesday/Wednesday. Parkrun on Saturday then my long run on Sunday and boom, taper time!

  2. Congratulations on the new PB! Running is definitely the best medicine. 🙂

  3. Awesome! It’s amazing what a little rest can do for us – both mentally and physically – doesn’t it? In training, I run most days (with only 1 or 2 rest days per week), but I find that if I take a rest day before a race or a particularly hard or long workout, I’m absolutely rearing to go. 😉 Congratulations on a new 5km PB as well, that’s just super sweet!

    • I wouldn’t have called my bonkers trip to Italy a ‘mental rest’, but I agree with your sentiments – any rest (enforced or otherwise) can be beneficial to your running. I just needed to blow off some steam with some proper hard running and get rid of that itchy feeling in my legs.

  4. I get a littl cranky if I don’t run for a few days. Enjoy your taper!

  5. Thanks a lot! It certainly is.

  6. Nice! I always feel better after a run too. Good stuff!

  7. It’s a legal high. If you can bottle it you’ll never need to work again 🙂

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