I have blithely been going along with my training- not putting too much stress on myself about it - and this week suddenly I got nervous. Not that I wouldn't do it - but real butterflies in my stomach - everytime I thought about it- my tummy churning. And people around me are taking a proper interest- asking me lots of questions about how the training is going and congratulations attempting it- etc. And all of this has got under my skin a bit - I of course 'walk the walk' and talk a confident picture of running - but there is a mouse inside me going - really!!
There we are week 3. Runs as follows:
1 x 5k -my favourite fast hill interval route - beautiful and sunny - and left my mate standing (Not self satisfied just pleased at my progress)
1x 7k - At the end of day after work- not my fav time to run and at the gym. Just did it and got on with it- my 16 year old was in the gym doing serious weights - we just decided to ignore each other - but he did bother to complement me later on my dreadmill session.
1 x 5k - my very easy recovery run - just as well I was in the Grinchiest of Grinch moods - it took a supreme effort to get out the door- by the end of the run I had unbent myself and was feeling better
1 x 11k - this morning- The Devon Sun Shining at its best- running along the flat coast road- simply glorious and not to shabby a time 1 hr 17 mins.
This weeks message in the programme is not to have hidden agenda's. That is to have no other thoughts other than simply finishing the Marathon. The reason for this - is not to feel you have 'failed' at something because you set impossible thresholds on yourself. For example, to lose weight, to run faster and not to walk. Ha Ha - I do have hidden agendas - I do want to lose weight and I do want to finish in a certain time, but don't care about the odd walking breaks.
By the end of next week - I will have completed 25% of the training programme( As I type this I am shaking my head in disbelief).
Thank you for book recommendations from last week - Keep on running - Phil Hewitt - weather rubbish tomorrow - so shall stay tucked under the duvet and read
Happy running everyone - thanks for reading.