Weeks 7 and 8 of my training have been the easiest ones yet, thanks to the joys of tapering.
Weeks 7 involved a 3 mile run and a 5 mile run.
For my 3 mile run I set off out with the dog and Matt for an easy jog. Thinking 3 miles would be no problem was a mistake. As soon as I started to move I felt like my legs were made of led. I hated every step and kept saying to Matt that I hate running and why do I do this to myself. Matt told me to get a grip and I love it really.
Thankfully my 5 mile run was a lot better. I felt apprehensive about it thanks to the awful 3 miles. But I set off feeling strong and I finished feeling stronger. My legs felt great, my breathing was spot on and I was reminded that I do enjoy running. My 5 mile run was the perfect lead up run to the race.
The final week of training and a week of just keeping my legs moving but not tiring them out. I’ve only done a 2 mile run this week. Which wasn’t the greatest time thanks to being caught in a huge downpour with my dog who hates the rain, but at least I got the miles in. I’ve basically spent the last few days walking as much as I can, stretching and foam rolling to keep my muscles limber for the race tomorrow!
This last week I’ve felt a combination of excited and nervous all at the same time. Today I keep flipping between the two emotions hourly!
Tomorrow has been my goal since January when I was stuck on the couch with a broken ankle due to a slip when out running on Christmas Day. I remember the day when I found out I’d got a place in the Great North Run, I thought it was a cruel twist of fate having broken my ankle just weeks before. I spent months flipping between being determined to go for it and deferring to next year.
But after all the self doubt and others telling me I wouldn’t be able to do it I thought it was the perfect challenge to recover from my break, complete my rehab and get back to running again. So even though it will be a slow time I will be proud to just get across that finish line be it running, walking or crawling.
I hope everyone else who is taking part in the race tomorrow has a great day. It’s been months of training and running the world’s greatest half marathon is our reward.