Hello every lovely person, this is a short update just to satisfy any curiosity out there & tomorrow I’ve got a post about my next Clover trousers ….
First of all thank you to everyone who wished me well in the race ….it was my second fastest half marathon (but still slow!) & these my running tips for races and the lessons I learnt (the hard way):
- Don’t expect to run faster than ever before over such a crazy long distance in unseasonal hot weather when having trained in the winter if you have trained for the *bare minimum* – be thankful to survive (yes, 7 days after training in hailstones we had to run in 14 degree sunshine!)
- Although listening to a variety of music including minimalist piano music is wonderful when running scenic country routes for pleasure, make a cheerful motivating playlist for an arduous race (otherwise desired effect is not achieved, believe me!)
- The type of training for getting faster is different from training to enable you to survive the distance (an obvious lightbulb I know, just two weeks before the race)
- Bringing your own style to your race is a boost – some dress as bananas, cavemen, Wally, or super heros. Girlie bows & cute running skirts work for me.
- You always run against yourself for yourself – that is the paradox. I hated a great deal of the heat, became dehydrated & even allowed myself a loo stop (not a Paula, I hasten to add, a welcome portaloo). I thought “this is silly, not doing this again, no way” (actually these words are rather more tame than those I really thought) , yet all it took was the pain to die away to be replaced with strategies for beating my time next time. NEXT TIME??!?!? Then the marathon photos were published & I’ve almost accepted the fate that is mine. I am more than likely to inflict this on myself next year. Here I am coming in to the finish …
Yes that is relief on my face & I also knew there would be cameras here & had an iota of energy left to overcome my gurning & grimacing for the next twenty paces …..
And I felt very close to tears as I performed my very welcome stretches on my poor ol’ legs. It was really over!
And final lesson, crowds and supporters are the business! There is nothing quite like someone cheering you on to force a smile & try to look as if you are managing & enjoying it!
See you tomorrow xx