Basically, that is what I am doing this weekend. Was going to go to future music festival on Saturday, and adjust my distances so I had less to do on Sunday, but I decided I wanted to run properly, since this will be the only way in which I will ever complete a marathon, and thus sold my ticket. So now have readjusted my distances, so that I can include Run Club on Saturday afternoon as part of the distance. Thus my multistage marathon starts tomorrow morning at 530am with a 15km run, encompassing all my favourite city sights.
It means I miss my favourite class at the gym in the morning. But it’s only once, I will live.„ right?!
Interesting to see if I can actually do this over the weekend. And I hope I don’t have the Garmin issues I have been having the last two weeks.
I can’t believe this is the second time I have sold a ticket last minute to something I had been planning on going to for ages, so that I could run instead.
apart from this, only two other events before the big one:
Hill-2-Harbour 10km in April (Newcastle)
SMH Half Marathon Relay 7km in May.
It doesn’t feel right, I wish I had more!
I thought running was supposed to make you feel worn out and welcome days when you can put your feet up and do nothing.
This week that hasn’t happened. This morning I feel like I haven’t done enough this week. I feel like I should be running today. I feel like I have cheated myself somehow through the week, and not done enough training. Part of me really wants to go for a run today, but that’s not on my plan, and despite some of the harder runs on the plan that I have had difficulty with, the plan seems to be working so far, and I don’t want to mess with it.
But surely I should be feeling more tired/sore/in need of rest than I am feeling today? This restless feeling I have today is the way I used to feel before I did any kind of regular exercise. And it’s that feeling of an over abundance of energy that used to drive me through my weekends of out partying all weekend.
I had someone recently tell me that I am not doing enough running through the week, and my LSRs are too slow, and at the time I didn’t listen to them, since Kaz (Run Club coach who wrote my plan) has had so much success with everyone else with her plans, I trust what she has outlined for me. But when I finish a week and feel like I have done no exercise through the week, I wonder if I have not been following the plan properly, or maybe I should be doing an extra run through the week? However, my tendency to overthink these things may also be coming into play here, so I will “Do What Kaz Says”, because it seems that’s how everyone else has had success!
So this morning I have just updated all my running logs, garmin connect etc. Being quite a visual person I like the logs that show the distances and times in graph format, and can’t wait to keep adding to it, and watch the lines and bars go up and up.
The rest of the day is unplanned at this stage, and with the energy I have right now, this could result in some extensive cleaning or a long walk in the rain! Can’t wait to put the running shoes on tomorrow!
Yesterday’s Run Club session was disastrous for me. I had unwittingly hijacked any chance of success the day before, when a crazy busy day at work saw me barely drink any water at all. Couple that with a really hot afternoon, and me choosing to do the session around the Bay Run with next to no shade, and I had barely gotten through a third of the session before dizziness, nausea, headache, and complete lack of any energy hit me. I had a long walk back, in a fairly bad way. I had forgotten my phone so couldn’t even ring anyone to come and collect me and take me back.
So I gave the session a second attempt this morning after lots of fluids last night. Much better attempt. Still not hitting the paces and times and distances as outlined, but I gave it a fair shot. As the morning warmed up, I began to slow and struggle a bit. Strangely enough, as I was running, the thoughts that went through my head were along the lines of “well, you better learn how to run in the heat if you are going to go run in the Solomon Islands next year”.
Those thoughts came as a bit of a surprise to me. I hadn’t realised that I really wanted to do it. In 1995 I was in the Solomon’s for 6 weeks teaching, and last year my interest was sparked by an ad in a running magazine, for packages to the Solomon Islands to run. (http://solomons.eventsbot.com - that link is for 2013 but from what I gather they offer packages much the same each year). I won’t be able to go this year, but the thought had crossed my mind to go in 2015- 20 years since I was there last.
I hadn’t realised it was something I really wanted to do until this morning. I quite surprised myself with that being my reaction to feeling so sluggish and struggling a little as it warmed up. But my thoughts were right, if I have any hope of running in an event in the Solomon’s, I had better learn how to run in the heat!
So many running trips being planned!