WELL, I thought it might be a good idea to actually experience a race before I got to London – did I mention I hate being in a crowd?
I can get quite panicky and feel overwhelmed, bit daft really considering there will be more than 37,000 people running alongside me in April.
Ok, I exaggerate. 36,999 will be running way ahead of me, so I will probably be fine all on my lonesome ownsome at the back!
So with the help of Runners World website I found a 10k race in Nottingham next month (24th November to be precise) and decided to enter.
It’s a mini goal to aim for, rather than always worrying about the ‘big one’ in April.
I specifically chose a fun run too – it’s a MoRun, all part of the Prostate Cancer Movember efforts!
I quite fancy the Mexican Bandit look, and found a fantastically OTT glue on hairy ‘tache, with some moustache leggings to complete the look.
I’m sure I still have a Sombrero and poncho somewhere. I wonder if I could get away with a bottle of tequila too? It looks just like water….
My little girl wants to run in this event with me – she is 13, and to be honest she is already a natural athlete.
She has been running with the hash house harriers since she was a baby, and is particularly good at cross country.
She’s been super supportive of my training for the London Marathon and offered to come on runs with me to keep me motivated. So I invited her along on my Sunday ‘long run’. We did 3.7 miles on the Carsington path, the same one I ran with Bill.
She had absolutely no problems with it, wasn’t even slightly out of breath or tired – so I was amazed when we got home and she told me how hard she found my pace.
I had a brief moment basking in glory, thinking I must be setting a good speed if she found it hard.
Then she added ‘you take such funny little steps and go so slow.’! OUCH! OK, kiddo, the gauntlet is accepted. Let’s see you keep up with me on the 10k. (I’m dreaming again aren’t I?
She even had the audacity to ask if she could run it as a real race and not stay at the back with me and all the other fat, old, wheezy kids!)
That means I really need to up my game a little bit and stop allowing myself the luxury of walking on my routes.
I’ve been spotted a couple of times now being lazy mid run so I either man up and run the whole distance or I learn to hide my shameful strolls on the country lane sections, and not in plain view on the main highways!
Last night I decided to run up the Tissington Trail – that way I knew no one would be spying on me!
It was an early evening start, so already getting dark, and the rustles in the bushes meant I didn’t want to stop!
I’m sure it was only rabbits and birds but nothing like an overactive imagination to keep the heart rate up and the legs plodding along!
I’m happy with my training this week though, my knee has been fine, I feel like I am actually increasing the distance I run and I’m even getting into the routine of four nights a week exercise.
I still get overwhelmed when I think of April – but for now I am focusing on November and the aim of completing the 10k course in less than 70 minutes.
That means I need to increase my pace by one minute a mile and build up more distance but I think it will be a great indicator of how much I have improved since I started!
Of course Jessie is aiming for sub one hour. Kids!
4 Oct 5pm 2.54 miles 32 minutes 07 Pace 12.41 min/mile Cold and raining Ave HR 140
6 Oct 11am 3.68 miles 48 minutes 47 Pace 12.50 min/mile Hot and sunny Ave HR139
8 Oct 6pm 3 miles 38 minutes 08 Pace 12.43 min/mile Cool Ave HR 137
9 Oct 6pm 3.1 miles 40 minutes 24 Pace 12.59 min/mile Cold and windy Ave HR 136
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