So much to say! Where do I start? Well I’ll give you a choice of headings;
Countdown to the half marathon
Although there are signs of autumn today was a beautiful day, sunny and warm.
As I was aiming for about 10 miles today I decided to run west along the canal instead of east. I haven’t gone this way before because I tried to go for a walk along part of it about 6 years ago and the towpath was quite overgrown but I guessed that things might have changed so I decided to give it ago. It was in fact lovely and jogged up to the Top Lock at Wheelton.
Best of all there was a free tap by the canal mooring so I was able to fill up my water bottle! It was such a lovely sunny day I needed it. It was a nice flat route and the towpath was in good condition so it’s probably going to be a nice mud free route in winter too.
countdown to the half marathon
The Lancaster half marathon is 4 weeks today and I’m feeling nervous. Partly because I saw it listed in ‘women’s running’ yesterday as ‘undulating’ and I’m sure that when I researched and booked it a few months ago it was described as ‘flat’!! So many things to worry about! Will I finish (yes I think so if I keep plodding along). Will anybody sponsor me? Well I’m having a drive now on asking people. Will I feel stupid plodding along and being last to finish? My main worry is the beginning not the end. I’m really slow to get going so I’m expecting everyone to run off at the start and I’ll be thinking ‘is it too soon for a walk break?’! Anyway I have thought about it and I have a plan. See below in challenges.
I have been feeling guilty about my lack of effort over the last couple of weeks, what with birthday celebrations getting in the way. I thought that I would have a look at my monthly total to see what the damage has been and interestingly I managed to notch up 40 miles, the same as August, but in fewer longer runs. I don’t think that this is good practice! I’m supposed to be doing a couple of shorter runs too!
I need to tackle the issue of the first couple of miles, getting into the rhythm of running straight away. So my challenge for this week is run 2 miles every morning without stopping to walk. It’s brain training really, nothing to do with fitness. Also it’s about getting back into the habit of running every day. When I start getting hung up on covering the distance I forget about he value of the 20 minute trot!
Just concentrating on the important things. No dieting! But staying away from the cakes and chocolate as much as possible! Having my post run chocolate milk. Today I took some gels and had one every 6k. I had SIS Go! Gels which were easy to swallow, not too sweet or thick. My hamstrings and glutes were killing me by the time I got to 15k but I think that’s just training that’s needed!
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