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#67 Richmond Park Marathon: A Lady’s Campaign + Psychical vs Physical

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Event Type: A trail marathon that does loops in and around the perimeter of Richmond Park. Expect to cross roads that enter/exit the park.
Start Time: 9:30am
Weather: @ 25 degs C by mid-day
During: 3 checkpoints in total stocked with fruit, jelly babies + water to refill
At the End: Medal + t-shirt + water + food to eat
Website: http://www.1m2go.co.uk/

Have completed this event 5 times, feels like catching up with old friends from the RDs to the volunteers to the runners who I regularly meet on this run and others. Missed the gorilla lead cyclist this year!

With the Manchester bombing last week, I thought about skipping this post. However why should we let some a***holes try to replace peace, joy and love in our lives with emptiness, despair, terror and hate? Those who wholly blame one religion should remember one bad apple don’t spoil the whole bunch. Extremists and hypocrites exist in all religions, in all walks of life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96HqPpjI3UY

Additionally with the rapid changes in technology, we have to be more discerning and teach our children to be more vigilant and discerning. I pray those affected by terrorists and s*** happening in their lives will be able to focus on peace to find joy and love once again.

And so La Blog Post: Preamble Event Thoughts

RPMShowMeYourBottleWith the French elections over, a sigh of relief came out of Europe and focused moved back to the hum drum of the UK elections to be held on the 8th June 2017. As it is the season for campaigns, I launched my own Show Me Your Bottle campaign for “Grow Your Own” seeds.

Not sure how successful it really was, but I have had a number of runners at my local Parkrun showing me their bottle.

Note to self: Hand out seeds at my local Parkrun to reward all those with a bottle.

For this event, tried to encourage runners to BYOB and write to London Marathon to ditch the single use plastic bottles. In 2017, 900,000 bottles for runners and volunteers were made available (Source: The Mirror); In 2016, VLM organisers had stated 40,000 bottles were recycled (Source: ITV news).

Am happy to report there were a good number of runners with their own bottles, with some slowing down to have a chat and ate the seeds I handed to them! Hope others were able to pick up packets of seeds from the second and third checkpoints.

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Moving on to other normalaities…..and maybe I’ll embarrass my sisters out there!

Women are super strong just before their menstruation/period/girly thing. Our energy is amazing, and we have a heightened awareness of stuff going on around us at all times, meaning our octopus like ability enables us to seemingly handle all things at the same time.

Then a day or two before it happens, we can transform into evil malicious beings. I’ve certainly ripped off my partner’s head, chewed him up, and spat him out for doing something trivial.  Have had to do so many apologies!

And those days before and during ovulation, I, like many of my sisters out there, have those sleepless nights.  I have tried bedtime yoga & meditation to allow the universe to let me sleep with a little success. My best medication is sunshine, large doses of those glorious rays let me sleep far better & keep me happy.

For women who would like to be more eco-conscious in their choice of sanitary products and be more comfortable think about reusable pads if you use sanitary pads, or menstrual cups instead of tampons. Here is a nice article about it: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2017/05/28/flowing-pride-two-women-fighting-menstrual-taboo-hong-kong/

Sleep Deprivation

Dolly and BonnieAs you might have guessed, I was in “period mode” when the Richmond Park Marathon came along. As the heavens blessed the UK soil in the days leading up to the marathon, sleep was a struggle with an inability to stop thinking at night…..it just happens.

Pre-race night: struggling to sleep for the second night, I was counting from 20 to zero. On the third replication of 20 to zero, I thought counting sheep might help.

I wondered if there was such thing as a Welsh “baa”? Would Aussie sheep say “G’day Dolly” to their English cousins?……drifted off to sleep as dawn broke & then the alarm’s lullaby tunes pulled me back into consciousness. Oh baa! I awoke with my brain hanging outside its head.

Does Eating Breakfast Really Give Us Energy For A Marathon?

Currently am trying to holistically sort out an auto-immune disorder with an intermittent fasting period of around 14 – 16 hours. Thus have got into the habit of skipping breakfast and eating any time after 12pm. So I forgot to eat breakfast prior to the marathon, only remembering I should have done so once I had started. Should it really matter? Especially if we have eaten well in the days leading up to a marathon. Is it really a psychological booster.

As it was only a marathon distance, I thought I’d see if it really was a psychological booster. With being fed vitamin D by the sunshine, the hot day took the hunger away. I forced myself to eat part of a flapjack at 11:00am. By 12pm, I began to slow down, hot & tired and forced the rest of the flapjack down. Between 12pm and 3pm, I consumed an additional carob bar, banana and two Quorn cocktail sausages. Other folk along the route had also slowed due to the heat. Observing my own body functions, everything pointed to heat + lack of sleep, envying the many others enjoying the sunshine on their backs.

In conclusion, with me being the test subject, the important days of marathon nutrition happens days before the marathon and not the day before or even at breakfast. I’ll try the no breakfast test again in the ultra next month and observe how that affects performance.

With regards, to sleep deprivation and my performance, one night of no sleep has a minor effect, two days of no sleep has some effect, three days of no sleep and the mind has to work really hard to banish the tired head. Four-five days of no sleep, means just enjoy the day and get off the course (DNF).

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Happy running.

Thank you to the organisation for introducing biodegradeable compostable cups, volunteers, runners and those who donated to EarthWatch. £21 was raised on the day.

Completed this event in 7:05 (@ 20 minutes off the last year’s time)

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#52 Richmond Park Marathon (17 May 2015)

Before the Richmond Park marathon, Nepal had a couple of hard hitting earthquakes (7.8 magnitude) that caused widespread devastation. One amazing friend talked about how her company was able to get her out. She was a lucky one.

Close friends who had visited the place and climbed the famous Mount Everest posted several pictures of what had happened. Below is one that has been viewed several times.

Large natural disasters are always surreal. Mother nature’s force is surreal, reminding me of a time when I experienced and watched the ice lift, fall and grind in the Arctic ocean. We live in a world that we should co-operate and need to look outside of what we own and our effect on our environment.

It was great to read of some climbers who voluntarily gave up their aspirations of climbing Everest so that the Sherpas could go back to Nepal and make sure their loved ones were safe or to bury them! http://www.alanarnette.com/blog/2015/05/06/everest-2015-season-summary-summits-dont-matter-2/

It was also sad to read of other expeditions, focused on their own challenge and the amount of money spent, that they still wanted to continue with their expedition. Thankfully China closed the season early forcing everyone to get off the mountain.

As countries came to Nepal’s aid, it was reported on countless friends’ feed about the corrupt officials that were focused on themselves rather than the good of the people. Villages were collateral damage in order to get aid.

So what has all got to do with Richmond Park Marathon? Having Nepalese friends and knowing that there were honest vigilante groups who would take aid directly to villages the government refused to help. These would be villages, that as you trekked in the region would welcome you with open arms, I decided to #RunForNepal. I’ve never been to Nepal but they always seem to be a happy lot and of course the Gurkhas have been courageous in our warfares.

Richmond Park marathon is a small local, friendly event held in Richmond Park, Richmond, London and have welcomed me over a number of years. The park is also frequented by a number of cyclists. A common cyclist’s heckle to a Tyre Lady is: “Excuse me. There’s something following you!”………this year it also caused 3 cyclists to have a minor crash as they called out to me about something following me and crashed into the person in front…..cyclists, just like motorists, keep your eyes on what’s in front of you or pull over if you’re going to watch me and heckle me.

At the end of the day, everyone’s kindness raised £200 for a group that went out and administered medicine and provided much needed aid to remote villages.

Thank you Santosh Rai* (RD and helped setup Northala Fields Parkrun) and your group for what you did. 100% went to the cause 🙂

For a full report of the 2015 Richmond Park marathon event, Stephen Cousins did a great report on filmmyrun.com and produced a great video here:

And I have written previous reviews at www.tyregirl.com

Remember to reduce the amount of rubbish you produce by reducing single use plastic as a start to help your environment. Sure it takes effort….but you can kill apathy…..afterall if a lady can pull a tyre in 58 marathons/ultras how much effort are you really putting in?