6.10.07

Go the extra mile

You know sometimes you get those days where you can barely run 3k without getting fed up? Often it's not that you can't do it but just something in you can't be bothered to. Well, I have good news for anyone who does get like that. There are days when you do better than you could have thought possible too.

I'm currently in training for my first half marathon, which takes place in just over a month now. I've done a couple of 10k races and had done up to 11k in training but still had a way to go to before I ran anywhere near 13 miles.

Last weekend though my training programme had me scheduled to do a 110 min run, and to be truthful I had put it off for a few weeks. This week I had to do it though. I carbed for a few days before, got my kit on and headed off, not really believing that I was about to do a run that was 55 minutes each way. It wasn't so long ago that the thought of a 55-min run was enough to make me sweat.

Well, I'm not going to pretend that it wasn't tiring but I did it. I did about 20k in total, which is quite a bit further than I've gone before. Do you know what the most surprising thing was though? I actually enjoyed it.

I ran along the Bath to Bristol cycle path which is beautiful and it was great to be able to take myself right out of the city and even half way to another one, whilst the boy was sleeping and having breakfast.

And the best thing is that I'm not worried about the upcoming half marathon anymore, but that I'm actually kind of looking forward to it.

So my message is this. If you have a big challenge ahead of you, you may be more prepared than you think, especially if it's in something your familiar with. One day get your best kit together, psych yourself up and have a practice run. I bet you'll surprise yourself too.

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