It is now 4 DAYS until the Gosport Half Marathon… And I’m back into the tapering stages. Anyone else get twitchy at this point?
I’ve been a bit light on the running in the past week so I don’t aggravate the potential leg ache any further. Due to long coming car troubles, I’ve had the odd 2mile trek to work, I’ve been doing Yoga/Pilates to help with stretching out my weary muscles and have been at the shin with ‘Deep Freeze’. As you can see, I’m pretty determined to do this half, but this week I need to chill it… If you know me, you know this isn’t easy.
I joined my lovely running club on Sunday for a last 6mile run before tapering and did this in 58minutes…
Not bad for me though I did start off with the quick runners (for a chat and catch up!) and slowly moved my way back. I’m alright but I’m not that level. We ran along the Taff Trail, usual route, but I wasn’t feeling top notch.
Eating a lonely banana before a 6mile run was not ideal and this started to show 3/4 of the way through. I know exactly what I’ll be having before the half on Sunday and I’ll be taking a few gels along for the ride.
Some of the guys decided on the way back to Maindy, that we should play a game. The person at the back of the line had to run to the front and so on. It was pretty good motivation as I was ready to give up but being stubborn, I thought ‘just one more and I’ll slow down’. It’s amazing what running with other people will do to you. We kept going for a mile or so and then went back to a gentle jog which we kept up until we met the others.
There was talk about my half marathon (which our running coach isn’t too pleased about me doing) and ‘good luck’ wishes which was really amazing. The support from our club is brilliant. I promised them all I’d take it easy and go at a good pace. Mainly, I promised I’d try not to get hurt!
I know I need to take it easy so I’ve lined up a few sessions of Pilates/Yoga and a short run to keep me ticking over. I think the stretching and chilling will really help me to get into ‘the zone’… It will also send me off to sleep.