39.32/500- a sort of triathlon workout.

My best mate managed to get us a free day trip to a Nuffield Health Spa in town. We made full use of it- I ran, biked and swam… and used the steam room and spa pool but hey it’d have been rude not to. 

5k in 36.11- no photo but my bestie was my witness. 

A PERSONAL BEST! I felt amazing. I pushed and pushed and it’s definitely showing. So proud. 

3k on the bike.

500meters in the pool.

Cracking workout.



I am distraught. I went to the gym. I did the 5k. At the end instead of hitting pause as I normally do to take a picture I hit emergency stop, it reset the machine. There is no photo. I am distraught. The best proof I have is the fact I have gone over 15k steps today, something that only happens with running. 

I finished in 38:50 something. It was not my best time but it was a time nonetheless. 

Damn you emergency stop button.

I am distraught. 

33.12/500- if you don’t blog it did it even happen?

I ran at the gym yesterday. It was my fastest time on treadmill to date, 4 seconds short of being my best time ever. Gutted really. Should have went faster. 

I didn’t blog it straight away because my phone was dying. I like to blog while I cool down in the changing room, creepy as that sounds. I nearly forgot about it but didn’t want to loose out on my 3.2 miles. 

Last time I calculated it wrong, chiefly because I can’t count, and I’m over 30 miles! I’ll be excited when I get to 50. 

30.02/500 – Down with the sickness

First came the cough, then the ears were filled with fluid, then the fever, then the chills, then the blocked nose….

I still had to go to uni, start a new school placement and carry on as if everything was ok. I even spent a weekend in, that’s how drastic it got!

I went to parkrun Saturday but I didn’t finish. I was still fevery, so this is my first run since last week, which happens to be the first time I’ve been able to use my nose. 

I took it easier, thus the longer time, but still pretty consistent. 

I’m very aware of my 6k on the 26th of this month but even at 5k I think I have enough reserves to power through. Plus, I’ll be dressed as a mermaid so that’ll help, right?

Can’t wait to be healthy again!

26.92/500- Ramp.

I have a 6k on the 26th Feb and a 10k 19th March so now seems a good time to increase distances beyond my now comfy 5k.

Yeah, I’m still slow but to be frank I don’t care. Any distance over 5 at this point is an achievement, one I haven’t done since October.

And to top that, the first time I ran 6k it was about 55mins, I blogged it back then: https://letherrunfree.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/six-cess/

…. I say that. Obviously I hope to get faster by March but there isn’t much point in putting on pressure before I put in the miles.

Tonight’s gym session was oddly very man filled. There was only one other girl in the room in comparison to the hunnards a guys. They go in packs, like women to a bathroom. Some wear hoodies and long trousers, which I assume is for training benefit otherwise it’s madness.

Fyi- 6k is 3.72miles. Not drastically helpful in my 500 miles goal but every little helps eh?

23.2/500 and Parkrun #2

Yay! I got faster! 

Went back to parkrun today. It was mentally easier and even with a hacking cough there are a few things that helped. 

1- didn’t use my watch. This helped a lot actually. Instead of bargaining with myself about ‘you can walk in ‘0.25k’ I didn’t have that luxury so I just kept trooping. 

2- I knew the route this time so it was easier to get round the flats and negotiate the hills. 

3- it was raining. Blech. But at least it wasn’t icey. 

Overall glad I went. Slowly ticking through my 500 miles but I can tell it’s going to take a loooong time. 


I rubbish last week, a mix of partying and hormonal wahs. The hangover wasn’t finished yet, it was gripping and I was dying. Someone said they were off to train and I became staunchly aware how little I had done. So….

Off I went. It was grim… well. Lies.

After feeling awful I was surprised how amazing running for 3k (a cheeky mini walk) then another 2k felt awesome. 

I didn’t beat my time but it’s pretty consistent now. Yay!

13.9/500- My first Park Run. 


‘Yeah! Good idea Ray!’


Well the story goes back a little bit. 

I got new kit:

(Is there any more satisfying than new sports socks? Naw, didn’t think so.)

New wintery tops and leggings, socks for days, and I was staying at a pals. Seeing as I had my kit anyway he asked me if I fancied park run. 

It seemed a good idea. I was filled with pseudo confidence after my treadmilling this week plus after not doing full 5ks the past 2 runs I was keen to complete it. I could do the outdoors right? 

Let us all laugh. 

Turns out I’m a needy princess. ‘It’s cold, there’s hills, mud, I’m tired, there’s people.’ So many complaints. 

It was hard. The cold was bitter, ice on paths, hills and even worse downhills. I was quickly at the back of the pack. The walkers appeared after 1.5k. This was brutal. 

I was aware how woefully bad I was. My brain was a constant stream of ‘eff this, eff that, terribad idea’. 

That said… it was beautiful. Trees, air, cold, mud… It was very LOTR.

My time was poor:

But I’m still glad I did it. In terms of new kit I was pretty happy with my new socks and tops. Trousers? Well… if your a fan of muffin tops then these are the trousers for you.

Try again next week?

10.8/500 – Daytimes at the gym suck

The gym during the day is an awful place. It’s busy. I don’t just mean that as in it has people in it but the very daytime gym scene is ‘busy’.

Today I did 4.14k in just over half an hour. I’ll be honest, I wanted to do 5 but I had gone too late and had class at 1 (I finished running at 12:30). I couldn’t go after class because I had a dinner date so conceeded to the lunchtime slot seeing as I was on campus.

Big. Error. 

It’s awful having the time constraint put on you, unsure how much you’ll get done because you have other plans. I much prefer rocking up at 7pm when it’s dead and having time to just run as far as I want. 

I have decided I will make up for this with 6k tomorrow. My reasons being 2 fold.

1- make up distances lost to the daytime pit

2- there’s a 5 mile race I have my eye on soon and I think I can do it as long as I push harder. It’s like 8k. I can do it… maybe. 

Either way, more on the 500 total and now into double digits. Let’s keep it up!