On Saturday is the sign up for the Scotiabank HM opens - Training has been going well but its been all distances I am comfortable at. On Saturday I need to do 16km, I have dug out my running belt, will be stocking up on coconut water and got some gummy bears to try on my run.
Its not the distance that is bothering me the most its the hill. I know i can do the hill..but i am unsure if i can do the hill after 10km. So my plan is on run the 16km with the hill. I am also developing a slight twinge again in my knee (nothing major i am just aware I have a knee for a second, then its goes) so this run is very important, as i will know if I can do it or not. In prep I am having 2 days off running and going to the gym and just biking and swimming it. Boring yes but i might take a book to read on the bike tonight.
I have also started doing other exercises squats, lunges, the plank (which I HATE), mountain climbers etc too to help with the running. I have found this app "second pro" which is great which is timer that you can programme, i have found it very useful. I like it because you can create your own exercise programme but it also speaks to you.. so you know what your doing next without looking at a piece of paper or the iPad. I have finally understood its not enough just to run...the cycling, swimming and eplliptical machines and exercises all helps.
My other worry is the event has a cut off of 3hours. I think I will manage it less than 3hours as my plan is aiming for 2hours and 5minutes, this does not take into account the hill. So I have 3 times set, 2hours and 5minutes if I develop super powers between now and August. I hope the more realistic time i have set is 2 Hours and 15 minutes will be doable. Then if it all goes wrong 2hours and 30minutes.
If this HM doesn't work out for me I have just signed up for this one....
It will be lovely as its by the sea and its the one I originally wanted to do. There might be long inclines but i feel this one might be better. I hope to do both but we will have to wait and see what Saturday brings.