New Year, New Job

For those who know me, the fact that I have not mentioned my new job is crazy! But I thought it would be better to save this update for the new year.

So here goes…. I have a new job!!! I will now be doing marketing for OSB events, and I am sooooo excited about it. My first day is on the 5th Jan so for me it really is a new year and a new start.

I have worked in marketing for the past 4 or 5 years, so this is not new for me. However working for a sports events company is completely new. I have been obsessed with sports for ever, which I am sure you have figured out by now and after my sports degree I have always wanted to work in sport, I just never got the chance. So when I saw this job I couldn’t pass it by!

I will be travelling a bit further to work now, so will have to be dedicated to my fitness plan and get up and get my workouts in first thing! I will continue to plan my meals out as I already do.

What new things are you facing this year?

My Wolf Run

What would you like to be doing on a cold Saturday morning? Running a 10km run through a forest with obstacles and a lot of water to go through and mud to wade though? Yeah, its not really my ideal Saturday morning either, but it was actually what I did a few weeks back! And I am still yet to have full feeling in my hand!!

It is called a Wolf Run, The Wolf Run is an approx. 10k off-road run featuring a series of man-made and natural obstacles located throughout the course. We have four events throughout the year (Spring, Summer Autumn & Winter). The concept behind the Wolf Run was to recreate the feeling of running in natural terrain – a wild run giving people the chance to experience natural, raw running conditions as far as possible whilst also presenting runners with a challenging, interesting and enjoyable event.

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One of the climbing obstacles

I was invited to take part in the Wolf Run, and I have to admit I was really excited. I have always wanted to do an obstacle run and so couldnt wait to do it. I was checking the weather for about 4 weeks before to make sure it wasn’t going to be too cold and rainy!

I got there on the morning of the run and although the temperature had increased slightly on the drive from Hull to Leicester, it was still only around 8 degrees, and a bit windy!! I really started to get a feeling in my belly that was telling me I was a plonker for agreeing to do it and that I really didn’t want to do it! I put my brave face on (sorta!) and went and signed on, I got my race number and starting instructions.

I really wasn’t sure what to wear for the run, so had a base layer on, a t-shirt, 3/4 leggings, a headband and some gloves. I was freezing from start to finish!! Some crazy people were running the course in shorts and t-shirts!! But to be honest I think whatever I wore for it, I was going to be freezing!

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Me after a smelly mud pit!

I entered the warm up area about 10 minutes before the start time and I was really debating getting back in the car and just telling people that I had done it and it was great! But before I could do that, they called us round to the start and we were off!

The very first obstacle was to run through a ford, and although I had said that it would be better to get wet from the start, I quickly changed my opinion when I stepped into the water to discover it was bloody freezing!! I am not even exaggerating now, it actually felt like someone would have had to break the ice on in first thing that morning!!

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Not going to lie, it was a bit muddy!!

Quickly after the water we got running again and started to warm up and get into it. There was a few climbs and trees to jump over and it was all becoming fun. That was until we came to a lake which we had to swim through!!!!!! Now I know you think I am exaggerating, but I really am being honest! I saw people making their way through the water and just assumed it wasn’t deep and was only going to be a quick dash. It turned out to be at least 5 minutes in this water, and it was freezing a full of mud and tree roots!! it was horrible!

The rest of the obstacles were much easier, a climbing frame, tunnels, mud pits, monkey bars, walls and a massive water slide. Now when I say easier it was still crazy hard and crazy cold! But it was the water that was the worst part of the day.

I was so proud of myself though, I managed to completed the course, and I went through a tunnel that was pitch black (I am terrified of the dark!!). The event was brilliant, it was well organised and there was so many marshals around the course, even though it was freezing out.

My only recommendation is to pick a warmer month to complete it! Entry for the Spring run is now open, but i think it might be even colder then!!

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Line tri

 

Most people spend their Sundays lazing around or doing housework, but not me. This Sunday I took part in the Lincoln sprint triathlon!!

I took part in my first triathlon last year and I loved it, so I decided it would be a good plan to book myself into do another one. I think I booked it about 6 months ago and thought I had given my self plenty of time to train.

I did put in a fair amount of effort on the turbo trainer and I ran the Humber bridge once a week, but I think I only got in the pool 4 times before the tri! So in the week running up to it I had some serious self doubt and thought I was going to be terrible.

But the day rolled around and it was too late to worry too much about it all, I just needed to go for it and have some fun with it.

So the swim was in a pool, and I had to complete 16 lengths which I was pretty confident with. Next up was a 24km bike ride, which I was less confident with, to make this worse it was really windy and there was a pretty big hill right at the beginning. Finally it was the run, where I had to run 5km along the river, again I was fairly happy about this but my leg started to cramp up so I took it pretty steady.

I managed to finish the whole thing in 1:35 and I felt so good about it. I really want to do another one and actually put some proper training in on the bike, as I know I can knock a fair chunk of time off that leg.

I will let you know when I have signed up for another one! 😀

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