Can’t say I’m feeling the love at the moment. Running in the cold and the dark, why would you?
Right now I’m filled with dread as my next challenge is the Stamford 30K. It’s hilly and it’s long, I’m just hoping it’s not cold and icy! The thought of those hills is not much fun. Why do people do marathons?
Well so far I’ve got away lightly I think, my knee gave me a twinge when running down hill the other day, so I’ve booked in to see Emma one of our physios just to be checked out. God what would I do without her and Vida, one of our osteopaths, keeping me together.
With all these miles, averaging over 30 miles per week at present my calves have been aching for the first few miles, so as a friend said to me to get some compression socks, I obligingly went off to my local running shop and bought some. Our little possey of marathon training girls set off on a 16 mile run around the hilly peaks of Folkesworth, and the next day did a slow 6 mile run, but my calves were more sore than if I hadn’t worn them, so I still remain to be convinced about compression, ‘cos my calves weren’t impressed!
And I’m glad that they were under my long running tights as they didn’t exactly look pretty. On balance I suspect I just need to do more calf stretching and strengthening exercises!
We’re also having to get used to using gels when running, something I’ve never done. Just as long as you don’t swallow the wrong way and choke whilst running ..…and then what to do with that sticky packet when you’re finished? Last time I made the mistake of putting it in the same pocket as my phone and ended up with a very sticky phone by the end of the run!
We’ve finally booked our accommodation for the night before, we’re staying in a Travellodge, but the cost... £180 per room, and a cold breakfast! Just shows how they can command their prices on marathon weekend. I’ve never paid that much for a Travellodge before!
On the bright side I’ve only got 7 more weeks of long runs at the weekend then I start to taper down... Thank heaven for small mercies! Right now a half marathon seems like a doddle. Surprising how your mindset changes during the training process. Who’d have ever thought I’d be saying a half marathon was a doddle!
All in all the Fund raising is going well. I haven’t added everything up but it must be approaching £1500, though would love to raise £2000. So a BIG Thank you for those of you who’ve sponsored me, bought my jams, chutneys, biscottis, florentines, mincepies etc! Every little helps.
If you haven’t and you still feel the urge to contribute, the easiest way is online here. Or we also take real money at the Centre!
Thanks to all for taking the time to read this, any tips gratefully received!