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80k - #shittystones .
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Things continued to get worse for me, blisters popping in my shoes, each step feeling like boiling hot razor blades on the tough terrain. I knew the last 20k would take everything I had... .
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Then the tears... I found myself in a cycle, it would get too much so would burst into tears I felt better after the cry so would perk up, I hit the wall and would repeat this cycle until the very end. Last year I only cried once, this year I left a trail of tears on that ridgeway. My leg continued to get worse and by this point I had to stop and keep massaging it wondering what on earth I had done to it.
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Pitstop 9 arrived and I knew it was 12k until the finish. I wanted to sit down badly but knew if I sat down properly I may not get up again, so I went and hid in a porta loo. Cried, storied and eat a marmite sandwich. By this point I couldn't eat anymore sweets, couldn't swallow the hard moams either. Flat coke was still bae though, so I took 4-5 cups of that and made my way onwards.
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The last 12k was the moment in time to show myself that I was capable of anything. It was dark, it wasn't pretty but I made it through somehow. .
It's funny because I spent the whole race breaking it into sections of cake, 30 miles six bits of cake. By the last bit I no longer wanted it, I was over it. The conversation happened for a second time with Mr Lewis.. We would NEVER do this again...
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By the time I reached the stones I couldn't care less about them, all I wanted was that finish line. Unlike last year there was no Esmรฉ and Rosalie waiting for us at the finish line, no small arms waiting to give us a big finishers hug, this year it was all about making myself proud of how much it had taken to even get ready for an event as big as this... I started it, and now I was going to finish it....
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#rtts2017 #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #painisweaknessleavingthebody #painistemporary #prideisforever #smilenowcrylater #thisgirlcan

This weekend, #TeamHeadsTogether joined @themixuk and Dixons Carphone to take on the 2017 Dixons Carphone @racetothestones.
People walked, ran & jogged the 50km or 100km distance - what an incredible accomplishment with vital funds raised for The Mix and our other charity partners.
It was brilliant to see so many smiling faces wearing headbands and talking about the importance of mental well being along the stunning route.
WELL DONE to everyone who took part!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ #rtts2017

Just reminiscing about last weekend ๐Ÿ˜ #medalmonday #rtts2017

Amazing achievement by our first male and female over the line! Inspiring performances and a new course record of 7:52:55 by Benjamin Poiraton! #RTTS2017 #MoreIsInYou #ukrunchat #trailrun #endurance

#RTTS2017 you were just incredible. A new 100km PB, and what I think was the strongest ultra performance I've ever been able to push out. 13:24:24 (6:44:27/6:39:57) on a very well organised (and beautiful!) course with a faster second half ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.. Absolutely thrilled! Time to drink champagne all day and pretend my legs are totally fine ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿป #ultra

Shoulder to shoulder we run. ๐Ÿ’—this girl... @cabid
@racetothestones #RTTS2017 #shouldertoshoulder #solesisters

Day 2 50k - 80k
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The great thing about sleeping in a tent? You NEVER miss an alarm, I could hear so many alarms going off. 4.20am I was awake. After a few insta stories from my sleeping bag wondering how the AF I was going to do this when I struggled to even get dressed, I then went live and shared the most stunning sunrise luckily for me some special people joined me for that.. Day 2 was here.
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After a big breakfast and hugs from the squad it was time to get going. Setting off at 6.15am I was shattered, I was sore. Welcome to day 2.
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As I started running I instantly regretted eating 4 croissants, and that yogurt.. You need fuel but eating and running so quickly isn't ideal. Not for me anyway.
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๐Ÿคข
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It took about 4 miles to loosen up and then before we knew it pit 6 was upon us. Felt great at this point. Then at about 10ish miles the shit hit the fan, the back of my leg was absolutely throbbing. By pit 7 I knew I was in trouble. .
๐Ÿค•
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I saw a medic and asked him to tape me "No sorry" was his answer. Sorry what? "No, we only tape chaffing" I was in agony so I just cried. He looked at me in a ZF's kind of way so I cried some more, by this point people were looking and I was drawing attention to the situation so he taped me up to shut me up.
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Onwards I went, every step agony knowing just how many hills stood between me and pit stop 8. I couldn't think too far ahead. The black thoughts kept creeping in... "You have to run 30k on this leg" I knew I was in serious trouble.
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๐Ÿ˜ฅ
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The hills kept coming and I was starting to go into a very dark place, I was reading so many messages of support, every time I hit a hill I would get my phone out and start reading.. Usually 50 or so messages and about 70 requests... My insta family unknowingly to them at the time were literally pulling me through....
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โค๏ธ
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As we reached pit 8 I spotted a physiotherapist and begged him to look at my leg. He taped me up and sent me on my way... The pain by this point was absolutely awful. .
๐Ÿ™
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If you are going through hell keep going... So I did.
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#rtts2017 #thisgirlcan #ukrunchat #ultrarunning #ultrarunner #gohardorgohome #workforit #dreams

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I really took this message to heart when completing @racetothestones 100km ultra #run1000miles #RTTS2017 #thismumruns

80k - #shittystones .
.
Things continued to get worse for me, blisters popping in my shoes, each step feeling like boiling hot razor blades on the tough terrain. I knew the last 20k would take everything I had... .
๐Ÿ˜ฉ
.
Then the tears... I found myself in a cycle, it would get too much so would burst into tears I felt better after the cry so would perk up, I hit the wall and would repeat this cycle until the very end. Last year I only cried once, this year I left a trail of tears on that ridgeway. My leg continued to get worse and by this point I had to stop and keep massaging it wondering what on earth I had done to it.
.
๐Ÿ˜ฅ
.
Pitstop 9 arrived and I knew it was 12k until the finish. I wanted to sit down badly but knew if I sat down properly I may not get up again, so I went and hid in a porta loo. Cried, storied and eat a marmite sandwich. By this point I couldn't eat anymore sweets, couldn't swallow the hard moams either. Flat coke was still bae though, so I took 4-5 cups of that and made my way onwards.
.
๐Ÿ˜•
.
The last 12k was the moment in time to show myself that I was capable of anything. It was dark, it wasn't pretty but I made it through somehow. .
It's funny because I spent the whole race breaking it into sections of cake, 30 miles six bits of cake. By the last bit I no longer wanted it, I was over it. The conversation happened for a second time with Mr Lewis.. We would NEVER do this again...
.
๐Ÿ˜ง
.
By the time I reached the stones I couldn't care less about them, all I wanted was that finish line. Unlike last year there was no Esmรฉ and Rosalie waiting for us at the finish line, no small arms waiting to give us a big finishers hug, this year it was all about making myself proud of how much it had taken to even get ready for an event as big as this... I started it, and now I was going to finish it....
.
๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ
๐Ÿ ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป
#rtts2017 #ultrarunner #ultrarunning #painisweaknessleavingthebody #painistemporary #prideisforever #smilenowcrylater #thisgirlcan

Just reminiscing about last weekend ๐Ÿ˜ #medalmonday #rtts2017

Little treat to myself, because I'm an ultra marathon runr! #2017kmin2017 #rtts #rtts2017 #ultra #runr

Day 2 50k - 80k
.
The great thing about sleeping in a tent? You NEVER miss an alarm, I could hear so many alarms going off. 4.20am I was awake. After a few insta stories from my sleeping bag wondering how the AF I was going to do this when I struggled to even get dressed, I then went live and shared the most stunning sunrise luckily for me some special people joined me for that.. Day 2 was here.
.
โ˜€๏ธ
.
After a big breakfast and hugs from the squad it was time to get going. Setting off at 6.15am I was shattered, I was sore. Welcome to day 2.
.
๐Ÿ˜ง
.
As I started running I instantly regretted eating 4 croissants, and that yogurt.. You need fuel but eating and running so quickly isn't ideal. Not for me anyway.
.
๐Ÿคข
.
It took about 4 miles to loosen up and then before we knew it pit 6 was upon us. Felt great at this point. Then at about 10ish miles the shit hit the fan, the back of my leg was absolutely throbbing. By pit 7 I knew I was in trouble. .
๐Ÿค•
.
I saw a medic and asked him to tape me "No sorry" was his answer. Sorry what? "No, we only tape chaffing" I was in agony so I just cried. He looked at me in a ZF's kind of way so I cried some more, by this point people were looking and I was drawing attention to the situation so he taped me up to shut me up.
.
๐Ÿ˜ญ
.
Onwards I went, every step agony knowing just how many hills stood between me and pit stop 8. I couldn't think too far ahead. The black thoughts kept creeping in... "You have to run 30k on this leg" I knew I was in serious trouble.
.
๐Ÿ˜ฅ
.
The hills kept coming and I was starting to go into a very dark place, I was reading so many messages of support, every time I hit a hill I would get my phone out and start reading.. Usually 50 or so messages and about 70 requests... My insta family unknowingly to them at the time were literally pulling me through....
.
โค๏ธ
.
As we reached pit 8 I spotted a physiotherapist and begged him to look at my leg. He taped me up and sent me on my way... The pain by this point was absolutely awful. .
๐Ÿ™
.
If you are going through hell keep going... So I did.
.
#rtts2017 #thisgirlcan #ukrunchat #ultrarunning #ultrarunner #gohardorgohome #workforit #dreams

HOORAH! It's Monday! And I'm thankful for positioning our jumpshot at the start of day 2 in front of a @racetothestones photographer = professional jumpshot WIN! Hope your Mondays are kind. I've got at least 13.1 miles to complete this week. What goals does everyone have this week? ๐Ÿ˜˜

Last Sunday 16th of July I've finished Race to the stones 100km. ๐Ÿ™‚
My official time 19:00:42 -compare to my 1st ultra event 23:23:39 it is big improvement.
I hope next event I'll get better result.
I would like to thank my family for supporting my crazy hobby. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
Massive thanks to all friends who gave me fantastic support on FB,texts ,calls etc that's mean so much for me.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
I want be able to finish any of my four ultra events without wisdom and knowledge I've learned from my Sifu Amir Alan Winner.
Alan passed away in May but his wisdom will be with me everyday.
Thank you Sifu and rest in peace dear friend ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป#RTTS #rtts2017 #racetothestones #ultrarun #ultra100 #ultratrail #pbwuk #polskabiega #bieganie #slowjogginglondon #slowjogging #slowjogginguk #slowrunforhealthandfun #jogging #follow๏ฝe #running #runwithsmile #nikoniko #pasja #passion #motivate #motywacja #motivation #instarunner #london

RTTS - FINISHING STRONG(ER)! After the 3rd pit stop, it was 12km to the next one! Over the hills and through the fields, past cows who weren't impressed. Down stone-strewn hills, we missed White Horse Hill!
We kept going, taking turns leading the troop. At the next pit stop, the sun came out! Nevermind that, water refills and off we went!

Got into a rhythm with the song, "Bonkers" by Dizzie Rascal in my head! The last 3km sign came and went. Then we saw the turnaround to head down to Stones and back. Of course, there was a photo op (note my upside down smile from being so very tired)! As we came back to the 1km to go sign, I was bone tired. The spongy grass of the first 500m had me walk/running. Then Samantha caught up and told me I could do it. So I did.
Head down, shut off the doubts: "my legs know what to do". Many thanks to Samantha and her friend who kindly filmed our finish! (Swipe to see). Then our troop hugged before I stuffed my face with a hot dog. Surprised myself with my finish position too!

A week later and I want to run it again! Maybe I'm crazy, maybe it's because I'm an Ultramarathoner! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ #ultramarathon #rtts #RTTS2017 #ukrunchat #runningcommunity #running #ukrunner #runchat #womensrunningcommunity #runtoinspire #runnerscommunity #runnerslife #runhappy #aveburystones #runners #InspiringWomenRunners #girlrunner #runlikeagirl #blackgirlsruntoo #blackgirlmagic

I did it! My finish line photo at Race to the Stones last week
Lots of lessons learned, mainly not to underestimate the difficulty of a trail ultra!

Next up, Round Reading 100km in a couple of weeks

#marathon #trailrunning #instarunners #ultrarunning #rtts2017 #ridgeway #finished #harlequinharriers #50km #ukrunchat #run #runner #runnersworld #success #stillenoughstrengthtoliftmyarms

At the finish line of last weekends ultra marathon. It's so nice to have had a chilled weekend this weekend. Now I feel fresh for the next challenge! Bring it on!

#rtts2017 #racetothestones #ultramarathon #running #adventure

Back out to my favourite running spot this morning. Took the #rtts2017 t-shirt out for it's maiden voyage. Legs feeling fine....and a fine way to start the day. Bring on the summer holidays...I'm ready for you!

#morningrun #wheatfields #ukrunchat #schoolsoutforsummer #trailrunning #getoutside #instarunners #thisgirlcan #lovetorun #nottrainingforanything

Just a hair cut selfie plus did my first post race run around the park this morning after the #racetothestones2017 #rtts2017 . Wasn't that fast but managed 4miles in 34mins๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿƒโ€โ™‚๏ธ#loverunning #running #haircut #selfie #sunday

PB corner. Finally got around to getting a couple more frames and putting them up.

10k, Lethbridge, 60 minutes, 43 seconds,
Half, Oxford, 2 hours, 28 minutes,
Full, Dorchester, 5 hours, 35 minutes,
Longest, Race to the Stones, 31 miles.

#PB #10k #halfmarathon #marathon #ultramarathon #running #runnersofinstagram #lethbridge10k #oxfordhalf #oxfordhalfmarathon #oxfordhalf2016 #rundorch #rundorchester #rundnc #rtts #rtts2017

Everything I ever thought right there #rtts2017

RTTS - FINISH STRONG!
Day 2 started with 5 miles of nausea - thanks to greedy me and that bacon bap! At the pit stops, I stocked up on sweets and almond butter sachets (as you do๐Ÿ™ˆ) and became part of a trio of runners: James, Samantha and I.
After a particularly steep hill, we ran across fields and lanes, striving towards that finish line. At 3km to go; it felt like mental torture! Then we had to loop around the stones! You'll notice my smile was upside down in these pics. I was just holding it together. The last 1km tried me! I walk/ran the first 500m on spongy grass! ๐Ÿ˜ฅ As we turned to the finish, Sam urged me on. So I revved the legs and shut my mind's moaning off!
Sam's friend kindly sent me a video of mine and Sam's finish!
Came in 1st senior female, 2nd woman and 15th person in the 2-day race! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿƒโ€โ™€๏ธ
I cannot recommend this race highly enough. And I'm so tempted to run another already!

#racetothestones #RTTS2017 #rtts #running #womensrunningcommunity #runtoinspire #runnerscommunity #ukrunchat #runningcommunity #blackgirlsruntoo #blackgirlmagic #ukrunner #girlrunner #runchat #runners

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