The final few hundred metres of a race are always my favourite. Not because the finish line is in sight. Not because it’s almost over, but because that’s where the crowd support gets super strong. Cheer squad play a vital role in every race. Soak it up. Enjoy the vibes.
That was a hard race, it was never going to be easy. The plan was to enjoy it but that is so much easier said than done sometimes! Some runs just suck. It hurt, I wanted to cry. At one point I visualised jumping in a canal to rehydrate myself. I was in a bit of a daze, and not in a good way. I’m struggling to think of positives for this run, but can take away a handful of lessons!
1. For god’s sake, drink more water. Not just during the race, but every day. I was thirsty from start to finish and only perked up after the water stations. It’s a long run, have no shame in carrying a bottle if it improves your performance.
2. Running is harder the heavier you are (if the extra weight is fat). I’ve read that half a stone can equate to a difference of 4 minutes across a half marathon and I am living proof of this. Carb loading is great race prep, but I’m guilty of overdoing it and making it more of a daily routine.
3. Illnesses are frustrating but a good base of fitness means you come back stronger, eventually.
4. Training plans work. I am at the start of mine and so many improvements can be made if I stick to plan. 11 weeks to go until @mkmarathon weekend, anything can happen! 🏃🏻♀️
What a great day out at the rescheduled MK Winter Half Marathon. A lovely day, quiet, flat-ish route, and still cool skies.
Today was my first time as a pacer at a race so I was a little nervous about maintaining a consistent pace and hitting the required finish time (01:50). Despite having 15 mins of leeway against my PB I felt quite a bit of pressure as (1) The race announcer declared all the Pacers were seasoned pros and would guarantee a finish time and (2) a few KM in I'd built up a following of hopeful runners who regularly checked in that we were "definitely going to make it".
I met some lovely people along the way and like to think I helped a few of them squeeze out an extra bead of sweat, it was a nice experience to run with others in mind rather than me against the clock.
Crossed the line in 01:49:12, the course was a time bit short so would have added another 30s. Happy with that and chuffed to have helped some runners break new ground. Had a few "thank yous" at the end which was lovely too.
I’ve no shame in saying that was a real sufferfest of a 01:37:38, felt tired from the get go and I let those pesky mind games win. Way off, yet these experiences help you to grow, life and rest need to be respected and I mustn’t grumble!
Today I will mostly be wearing this 😁 (well, hopefully not all day!) Yes, I'm running in the Milton Keynes Winter Half. This has been long anticipated, it was meant to be in December meaning I'd have cracked that distance before Christmas. However, it wasn't to be, as lovely mother nature sent us snow instead. Today looks like it will be dry, misty and fairly cold. Not my preferred running temp, but who knows, maybe it will work in my favour 🤔 I'm feeling positive despite my legs feeling a little tired, so even though this is 'just a training run' I'm hoping to do well, run consistently and above all enjoy it. As Lisa Jackson wrote in my copy of #yourpaceormine , 'make every mile full of smiles'
Good luck to anyone else running today whether it's training or racing! #wevegotthis#londonmarathon#vlm2018training#redwayrunners#mkwinterhalfmarathon#ivegotthis#thisgirlcan
As I have a busy week ahead, I scheduled in a bit of self-care this morning with a chop at @seckingtons before #MKWinterHalfMarathon tomorrow. Looking after yourself shouldn’t be a luxury - refilling your cup means you get to give your best to others.
“In a lot of way, courage gets your further than confidence. In a lot of way it gives you confidence. Being able to look failure in the face and say ‘bring it’ is better than acknowledging the possibility of failure at all”. As #MKWinterHalfMarathon is this week, I think of these words and focus on having the courage. The courage to run my race. The courage to stay patient and calm. The courage to be happy, brave and my own biggest supporter. The courage to know what I am capable of.
Manage the pain, manage your brain. My mantra leading into #MKWinterHalfMarathon next weekend. All the hard work is done, with this morning’s 10 miles at 8min/m. As much as the nerves are building and the stakes are high, if you forget there is joy in all of this, you lose sight of why you run.
Charging into a new week. It was great clocking 30 miles in half marathon training last week. But with <2 weeks until the big day, I’m ready to kick things up a notch. #MKWinterHalfMarathon isn’t going to run itself.