Every week after I have a fabulous run, I think about finally getting around and updating this, but it never happens.
But today, here I am. Why now? Truthfully, I am putting off the chore of taking everything off the clothesline and finding somewhere to put it.
However, let me update on my running plans and what has been happening.
-21st September. Blackmores Bridge Run (9km)-
If you know me, you know I haven’t had much success two years running with this one. The first time I was a tad disappointed, I was sure I could have gotten a better time. The second year, I should have got a pb, the result I got was not at all indicative of where I was with my running at the time. It ended in tears. My coach thinks I am mad going back for a third time, but I am thinking “third time lucky”. Right? In anycase, I am in a different headspace this year so I may surprise myself. Plus, I know there is no chance of a PB so that pressure is off. But I still want the end result to reflect where I am right now. If it’s another disaster, then that’s it, no more. Why I am so hung up on running this one well I don’t know! I really can’t run those shorter distances well!
-12th October. Melbourne Half Marathon-
When Gold Coast didn’t happen, it kind of was just assumed this would be the next half marathon. By me and everyone. So I entered. Not aiming for a PB for this one. Have relaxed a bit with my running the last two months, so have no speed to back me up. My aim is to finish it uninjured, and enjoy it.
-18th January. Maui Oceanfront Half Marathon-
Cannot wait for this! A holiday and a running event in my favourite place on earth! I don’t even care what I do time wise for this, I will be on a high the whole entire time I am there!
Yep, that about sums it up!
So where am I currently at?
Well, I feel really good, both physically and mentally about my running at the moment (touch wood). I thought I would be in a different headspace altogether, as I knew my recent trip to the UK would mean hardly any running, no other training, and lots of alcohol, (I had had maybe four drinks all year previous to this). But I was prepared to make that sacrifice as it was my best mate’s wedding and I had other friends coming over as well, and was also meeting up with friends who live there. I had the best time, and yes, my running is much slower now (it was getting slow before that though with the injuries through April and May), but I don’t care. I wouldn’t trade the trip I had just to run faster now, not in a million years.
My main focus these last 4 weeks has been to get the distance up, with a little bit of a go at some of the faster paced runs and interval sessions. I am really paranoid about getting injured again. I had an Achilles injury in the lead up to Gold Coast last year, then the ITB and back issues this year, and I really don’t want to have to go through any of that again. So I have been cautious, maybe a little too cautious, but once I get a half-marathon successfully done with no injuries, then I have that base to start building on and focussing on PBs and the likes. I have really been loving my long runs. Haven’t even monitored the time or pace with them, just gone out there and ran and not wanted to stop. And so far so good- a few niggles post run, but with stretching, foam roller etc, they’ve eased off. It’s helped also that I have taken the pressure off myself about needing to stop to walk to take a drink of water- I used to feel like that meant I wasn’t a real runner, but as soon as I accepted that, and took those water/walk breaks, I have found it quickly helps to ease off any tightness that may be creeping up mid-run. Just this morning, about 11km in, I started to experience some major tightness in left ITB, which sent panic through my head, nooo not this side too, but after a 30 second walk, once I ran again, it had all but disappeared. I would rather take regular walk breaks to hydrate like that, and finish my runs feeling how I do right now, than go through that mental battle where I got upset with myself for needing to walk. Seriously, why did I do that? 30 seconds here and there does not mean I can’t do the distance!
So, that’s where I am at now. I am finding it a little difficult to get my running in at the moment as I have changed roles at work for a short time and it really eats into my running time, and I have a trip to Melbourne this coming weekend for a work thing, and have to somehow squeeze an 18km run in on a really tight full day schedule the whole time I am there. But even if I do skip a few, I am feeling really confident about finishing Melbourne, happy and uninjured.