Tuesday 24 February
(under a month away)
A new frame of mind today.
When I decide I am going to run, I run.
When I faff about and think I might try and squeeze one in to my day, it rarely happens.
I have been having a little chat with myself about my running this week. We have a 2 1/4 hour run on Thursday so I don’t want to run too far on Wednesday and leave myself with nothing in my legs. Especially after the success of last week. So I have been chatting with myself about a 5 mile run today and a 3 mile run tomorrow or a longer run today and a day off tomorrow.
Gawd knows how my brain would cope if I had something important to make a decision on…anyway, I set out about 06.30 thinking I’d do the same 5 mile loop as last week.
However, I realised fairly soon that I was quite enjoying myself and I reckoned on making the loop a bit bigger. I wasn’t really sure how much it would add but I knew that where I was going to pop out on my route was 3 miles from home. As it turned out the whole route was about 6.6 miles, so a nice round loop rather than an out and back which can be a bit soul destroying.
I had two realisations today:
1. I went out this morning on a black coffee and glass of water. We had dinner about 22.00 last night, so I wasn’t worried about not having any fuel in the tank. However at about 6 miles I suddenly got cold. One second I was hot, the next I was really chilly and that stayed all the way home. So definitely need to make sure I am fed on the day of the half and have jelly babies for the latter part of the run. I don’t want to blow it on crap fuelling.
2. Remember when I said there were 3 stages to fitness? I am there. I now know I can do this. I know I can run the distance, I know I can make it regardless. It’s whether I try for speed or not that will make the difference to the result, not whether I can even get around or not. That was a lovely feeling this morning and it’s happened in a relatively short space of time and with modest training. I am definitely feeling very happy about this now which I know will please Karen no end 🙂