With just one week to go until the race, I’m getting a bit nervous. I’ve been training consistently for 12 weeks now so I KNOW that I’m fit and capable of running the distance, but nerves still get the better of me and I start to doubt whether I will be able to meet the goals that I’ve set myself. Running is so mental for me…it’s all in my head so I just need to keep it together.
They say that you should do a race day ‘dress rehearsal’ to make sure that your kit is comfortable and is going to work for you during the race. The Run 2 The Beat race sponsor is Nike and they have provided Nike race t shirts for each competitor, with a printed number instead of a standard paper race number. I was worried about wearing a t shirt that I didn’t pick and hadn’t trained in, but thankfully the size is great (it’s a small, but it’s long enough and not too tight). I got all my kit and fuel together and went out for my test run on Saturday morning.
Total miles: 8.5ish at 9:34ish
I was aiming for a 9:30 average so I was just about there. Unfortunately, my stats are all a bit vague because my Garmin died after mile 7…. dress rehearsal lesson 1: charge my Garmin before the race!!!
Mile splits: 9:09, 9:05, 9:57, 9:34, 10:21, 9:32, 9:19….and I haven’t done the maths for the last mile or so…
Miles 3 and 5 were uphill and offroad/muddy. It was not much fun so I called DP at mile 5 for a pep talk! It did the job and the rest of the run was much more enjoyable. The route itself was very scenic, I ran past woods, farms and stunning homes. It was not very ‘London’ as evidenced by this snap I took around mile 3:
After the run I went to the cinema with DP to see Taken 2 and eat copious amounts of Ben&Jerry’s frozen yoghurt. Our local cinema has decided that we should all be eating the full fat stuff instead, there was no ‘healthy’ version, so I got to enjoy a scoop of Chunky Monkey…AMAZING, banana, chocolate, walnut, yum!
I also had some time this weekend to check out that JC catalogue…I am loving these flats, they would be perfect for work, but I can’t imagine ever buying designer flats. If I’m paying a lot of money I expect a good heel! They look really cute though, I’m sure I can find a high street version at a more reasonable price:
Other weekend activities included a lovely night in with hubby on Friday. We started on this bottle of white which I’m sure we will finish tonight:
I don’t usually go for French white, but it was on offer and the description said that it was a good alternative to Pinot Grigio so I thought I’d give it a try. I usually drink New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot but I’m trying to branch out. There was nothing wrong with it, but it didn’t exactly thrill me.
I do wonder whether I should stop drinking when I’m training for a race. I always have the best intentions of doing so, but I’ve never quite managed it! DP and I love to drink a glass of wine with our food, particularly at the weekend, so whilst we don’t drink heavily we would definitely miss it if we stopped. I figure that as long as we do all things in moderation, it’s probably ok. And on that note…I may go and pour myself another glass….cheers!!!