Too much time to think
As I sit trying to working I am mentally getting myself ready for my first half marathon on Sunday I realise so many things are going through my head. It started about three o'clock this morning.
I woke up and my brain set into action. Thinking about the travel, breakfast, nerves, when to go to the loo and the start of the event. ( I always say event as I haven't a competitive bone in my body)
That part of the thought process was fine, it's just sorting out details so I feel prepared. I did it for my run 3 week 5, (that run took me quite a few attempts before I completed it) I did it for my graduation run, my fist 5km, my first 10k, my first 14 km and finally my first 17 km. I still remember these runs like they were yesterday. My running milestones. I have a feeling they will stay with me forever. It's not the distance that makes them special it's the fact I prepared and worked for them. I earned them, the lovely thing about going through the c25k program is it teaches you to respect and acknowledge these milestones. All through my journey with running I have kept the ethos that the program has inspired in me. That feeling that just sometimes to push past that comfort zone and see where I would end up. And here I am two days away from 21.1 km run.
The things that stick in my mind about my journey.
Training has to suit you and fit in with your life - I chose a plan with only 2 runs week because I like to cross train.
Food is very important as your distances increase - I crashed and burned early on after my first 10km because my calorie intake was not sufficient.
Training plans are great but if it starts to feel like it isn't fun take a break from it and find your feet again. I treated myself to a fun run a few weeks ago as I was just desperate to have a break from it.
I love training for an event. Something I never would of thought I would have found my feet with.
Heading into my 50th year next year I feel fitter and healthier than I ever have
My Arthritis doesn't hurt as much when I keep moving
I use food for fuel and have a healthier approach to eating
I drink a lot less alcohol
I can worry too much about my pace and speed taking enjoyment away from my running
I can forget to rest leading to little niggles
I can talk non stop about running (good and bad I suppose)
So whereever you are in your journey make sure it's yours and it's going the way you want it to go. Running is at it's best when your doing it for you.
Happy running all.
If anyone is around Hackney on Sunday and you see a very beetroot faced person running with the number
Please give me a wave.