Yesterday, Sunday 18th October I managed a good long run to get my head back into the half marathon training.
Before going out I had been dreading it, and convinced I wouldn't be able to make it more than 5 miles. However it went really well which has really helped me regain my confidence about this half marathon... which by the way is now 4 weeks and 6 days away! Gulp.
I was feeling very stiff and achey from an exercise class (kettle bells and squats) on Friday which I really regretted doing. So I was not expecting the run to go well, and when I met my running buddy she was also in pain and her toe was still throbbing from her Royal Parks Half Marathon the weekend before. So it didn't bode well, however we started off on another beautiful sunny Autumn morning and there was lots to catch up on to hear how her half marathon went last week so a lovely chatty run.
We set off on an 8 mile route, but both us said we would have been happy to achieve a 10km (6 miles). The first 3 miles was really tough, as always, I felt like I was wading through treacle and I honestly thought that even achieving 6 miles was going to be impossible.
Thankfully as usual, around mile 4 I got into a groove and was pleasantly surprised that my hip felt fine, and the stiffness from the kettlebell class was actually calming down, as though the run was loosening and waking up my muscles. 10kms passed and all felt good and I started to feel that actually, 8 miles was completely do-able. And so we did it. The last half mile was really hard work, and my hip, thigh and lower back was starting to get stiff. However, despite that struggle, hilariously we ran the last 3/4s of a mile at a pace I usually save for a fast 5k race! I think having the end in sight, and wanting to get there quicker just pushed me along!
I felt ecstatic - really really pleased with myself and I can't tell you how important that run was mentally to feel like I can achieve this half marathon and that training is back on track. If I had not been able to achieve this run I would have been feeling behind and struggling to get my distances back up.
It's still going to be a push - We think we only have time for 2 more long runs. Later this week on Friday we will have another long run, hopefully 10 miles but then it's half term the week after, and I'm going to be doings thing with my little Monster, including a weekend visiting friends in Spain, so a long run is not possible. We then plan to have our final long run of 11-12 miles the first week of November, before resting for two weeks before the event on 22nd November.
And this morning? Well my hip and bum are still incredibly stiff and uncomfortable. I'm not sure if it's still the after effect of the over the top kettle bell class that I shouldn't have done on Friday!
Feeling positive about running though. Back in the zone!