Another week gone, another week closer to the Marathon I’m coming to dread. After the horrific feeling 10 miles last week I wasn’t looking forward to doing a 15 mile run but I made an effort to make sure I was well fuelled this time, adding a portion of brown rice to my evening meal to give me a carb boost, and deciding on the morning of the run to try something called tailwind that my husband thinks is good mixed up in a water bottle, as well as packing some gels planning to see what might work for me on Marathon day.
I set out on the long run, and I felt like I had much more energy than the previous week. The weather was good, sunny but cool, and I felt much better than last time. At around 10k I took a gel, while continuing to also sip at the tailwind mixture and my energy levels were still good. I was running slowly, and allowing myself a few breaks but I wasn’t hating every step like my previous run.
When I got to 10miles, where last week I was in pain and completely done in, this time I was able to carry on. After another 10k I decided against taking my second gel as I didn’t have much more to do, but I could have used it. I managed to complete my 15miles though feeling much better about it than the shorter run the week before. Maybe I can do this Marathon after all!!
I got in a good few shorter runs this week too, as part of my training sessions and then on Friday night it was the final race in the Rye Summer Series.
The final race in the series is a 5k out and back at the Rye Nature Reserve starting at Rye Harbour, and the weather all day had been apocalyptic! Driving rain and winds, running wasn’t a pleasant prospect. Luckily though the rain seemed to die out around the time the run was due to start. We set off, and although the wind on the reserve was bad, driving you back on the way out, it wasn’t the worst wind I have experienced there (see my twilight chase blog for that hideous experience!) The turn around point seemed to come up quickly having been used to running 10ks here. Then it was just a push back along to the finish, the wind now at your back. I was pushed to run harder than I knew I still had in me by a woman who insisted on overtaking me only to drop in front and slow down so I was almost tripping over her heals. It was annoying but she just wasn’t going quite fast enough so it spurred me on to push a little bit faster and get her out of my way and stop her doing it again.
In the end It was the quickest run I have done in some time, not quite as fast as this time last year, but a really respectable 24mins, and also put me in 4th place for the series, again not quite the first place I managed last year but better than I could ever have expected.
Now there are 4 weeks and a couple more races to go until B-day, and after that right now I feel like I’ll never want to do a long run ever again!
Week 22 Running Total: 50.1km
4 weeks to go…