To celebrate the launch of The Run Fat Bitch Run Marathon Plan (#rfbr26), we’re going to be holding a marathon relay! If you’d like to take part, email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us, in no more than 100 words, how Run Fat Bitch Run has changed your life. The 25 most inspiring entries (judged by The Grit Doctor herself) will all be asked to run one mile in the run-up to the release of RFBR26 on 9 August, winning themselves an exclusive RFBR medal and a copy of the book signed by Ruth in the process. (Photographic proof essential!) The Grit Doctor will run the 26th mile on 9 August.
Snow. It seems to be everywhere. Depending on which part of the country you live in, it might be a thin layer of ice or deep enough to bury your trainers in. We’re not saying you should use this as an excuse not to go running – if people can make it into work, I’m hoping you can follow their well-trodden route – but please do take care. Slipping on black ice and breaking an ankle is not part of the RFBR routine.
This week is all about keeping up the pace and powering through any pain you might feel. Ruth prefers to run in silence, but a lot of people find listening to an iPod can be a brilliant source of inspiration. If you’ve got any favourite running tunes, please do let us know your favourites in the comments below.
Have a great weekend!
What’s been happening in your world?
There have been some amazing and inspiring comments over on the RFBR Facebook page this week, and it sounds like you’re all really starting to get to grips with the programme. Whether you’re striding the streets, running full pelt or still moving at a gentler jog at this stage, please keep up the good work. You’re doing so well.
Week Five is all about sticking with the programme. No expensive outfits, high tech music systems or fancy water bottles to distract you. Not that you can’t have them, by all means do. Just don’t let them distract you from the task at hand. (Running, that is, you didn’t forget right?).
So here’s the video for Week 5 in the programme. Do you five runs, take your rest days, and have a wonderful weekend.
Week 4 and the sun is shining, the weekend is on its way and the Run Fat B!tch Runners are all basking in the afterglow of our individual successes at Dorney Lake last Sunday. With so much positive feeling in the air, it would be easy to rest on our laurels . . . luckily (or not, as the case may be) this is not on The Gritdoctor’s agenda, so time to crack on with the next instalment of our video guide.
By now your fitness levels should have increased significantly and you’ll be running for increasing amounts of your circuit. But if when we say ‘significantly’ your reality is ‘a little bit’, don’t worry. If sustaining your run for the full twenty minutes is a struggle, just slow it right down, breathe deeply, keep calm and you’re still in the race.
As always, watch the video below, and do leave a comment if you have any questions, or want to let us know how you’re getting on.
Anyone who tells you that time and place are important in a race, anyone, for example, who starts telling you that they did it in twenty-six minutes and came second in the female category overall (and provides photographic proof), is completely missing the point. Beating my wife, or The Grit Doctor, as I worryingly refer to her now, was never the point. It would have been cruel and unnecessary. Far better to allow her to bask in her moment of glory, and instead to stay behind the scenes, in the shadows, subtly galvanising those around you who have decided to enjoy the views of the rowing lake and surrounding countryside. All that matters, now I come to think of it, is that I ran for longer than Ruth, therefore expending more energy, and ensuring there was little if any downtime between the race ending and everyone finally being allowed to go to the pub.
Seriously, though, the race was actually great fun (not the running bit obviously – that was mainly agony, although surprisingly I actually enjoyed the last two kilometres into a gale-force headwind more than the first three). This was mainly because wherever you looked there were people with ‘Run Fat Bitch Run’ emblazoned on their fronts and backs. At the end of the race I was approached by two middle-aged men asking me where they could buy one of the T-shirts, and neither of them even so much as hinted it was for anyone other than them. Ruth, sorry, The Grit Doctor, is now determined we should up the ante and do a 10k run in the next few months. A good plan, I reckon, but I’m only doing it so long as I’m surrounded by Team RFBR.