I'm running my first race tomorrow, a 10k.
Now, I've done similar length runs two or three times before but always with some walking involved and my energy levels have been quite low recently so I've struggled a bit.
On Thursday this week I ran my first Handicap run with running club - it was a less than 3 miles, I think, and took me 31.09 minutes - I was second from slowest ! I ran all of it apart from about 10 yards about 3/4 of the way round. In view of how I've been feeling recently, I'd only set myself the target of running all of it so I was reasonably happy with that.
I've recently been reading one of Jeff Galloway's books and I'm wondering whether I would be better to approach tomorrow's race with planned walking stops, rather than running until I actually NEED to stop ?
Also, I've really struggled with my breathing recently - does that mean I'm probably trying to go too fast ? I did a short gentle session on the cross trainer this morning, specifically to try and practice "belly-breathing". It's hard to say whether that was any use or not - I didn't want to push too hard as I wanted to conserve energy for tomorrow.
Can you tell I'm getting anxious about it ?