Embrace Sports Woodland trail run and beach recovery run

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I was looking forward to the woodland trail run. I’d done it twice previously and was determined to beat my pace from my previous attempts. The first time I did the woodland trail run, I fell quite badly on my first lap and the second time I did it, I thought I’d paced it well and then found out afterwards that I’d run slower than my previous attempt.


© Embrace Sports, 2014. Woodland trail run group shot with a wave!
© Embrace Sports, 2014. Woodland trail run group shot with a wave!

I decided that I would go out at a reasonably fast pace, but that I would try to maintain the same pace throughout. I also decided that I would only aim for 10 miles (rather than 15 like in previous years) as I was aware that it was the first full day of two weeks of full-on training.

It was a relatively warm day, but I felt comfortable and it seemed like my asthma was finally under control. There was a small group of runners just behind me and it was tempting to slow down and join in with their conversation. I knew that that would not help my run time. Until the final mile or so, I stayed just ahead. I kept pushing right to the finish and was delighted to see that I had completed the lap at a pace of 5:44/km. This pace was exactly 1 min/km faster than I managed in November 2013.

I stopped for a quick drink and stretch, before deciding to take the second lap at a gentler pace. I waited until Sally finished and then persuaded her that we should go for another loop, but this time at a sociable pace. It definitely wasn’t as fast as the first lap, but it was just as enjoyable.


There was a really positive mood by the end of the run. Some of the people who were training for a marathon ran 20 miles…

© Embrace Sports, 2014. Gaby, Sally and Rachel.

…whereas others fell over and were still smiling.

© Embrace Sports, 2014. George was one of the trail’s casualties.

In the late afternoon, we went for a beach recovery run. Last year, I hated the beach runs, but this year I was feeling so much more positive.

© Embrace Sports, 2014. Group photo…
© Embrace Sports, 2014. …and a wave.


Neil explained that we were going to run out for 12.5 minutes before turning and running back 12.5 minutes.

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This photo shows just how much fun I was having. I really didn’t feel like I was having breathing problems and I wasn’t worried about my pace. I just wanted to enjoy it (although I was also taking care not to stand on any sea holly!)

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Sadly, Stu started having leg problems, so although he was ahead of me for a long time, he had to stop and walk. This made me worried about him.

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When we’d finished, the sea was conveniently close to act as an ice bath. 🙂



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We then headed over to Linda’s, the beach-side bar, for some refreshments. The party crew were desperate for some margaritas. I just wanted a mango juice – mmmm mango!

Mmmmm mango 🙂



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What a great start to the week!


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