February has been and gone, Spring is upon us and we have made some big strides with our London Marathon fundraising. We have all reached our targets, this is a big weight off our shoulders. On the 1st March we had our Micro Marathon. It was a fantastic day, despite a chilling wind and hail, 30 runners turned up to run 2.62 miles. The race started at the Beachwood path in Applecross, through the estate and up the Applecross Glen then finishing off in Hartfield House Hostel for some soup and bacon rolls. It was particularly exciting to watch the young runners who were unperturbed by the dismal conditions. We raised £181.65 towards our charities, Fight for Sight and the Venture Trust.
Still struggling with shin splints I decided to take myself back to Run 4 It in Inverness to try some new trainers. They were very helpful, I went for some Asics Cumulus 16. I am very happy with these. They are far more cushioned than my previous trainers, Nike Free 5. They also very kindly donated a £20 gift voucher as a prize for our Micro Marathon. Without wanting to risk anymore wear and tear in my shin I have been focusing on cross training. Cycling/Yoga/walking and some strength training. With only 4 weeks of training left, at this stage I think the best I can do is try and maintain my fitness level. Tomorrows plan is a bit of gym work followed by a swim. Next week I will take to the paths of Applecross again and try and build up a few miles before London. Whatever happens on the day I know I am fitter, healthier and more energized than I have been for years, a great way to start my 36th year! And I have just booked a place in the Edinburgh Half Marathon along with fellow Applecross runner Tery… Bring it on! Sarah