If you haven’t already heard, I’m running my first half marathon
this Sunday tomorrow! It’s the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon here in Dublin.
This is rather a big milestone for me in terms of races. The longest race I’ve done so far is 10k so a half marathon is a big step upwards! My bags are packed, my fuel bag and my post-race bag that is. So I think…I’m ready to go!
But how am I really feeling about it? Continue reading
After the success of my 10k PB earlier this month, I felt more anxious than I should have about today’s Irish Runner 5 mile race. I just didn’t want to get too confident and then have things go badly; because things DO go badly sometimes, I wanted to be prepared for that. I wavered between being hopeful for a good race and being worried it would be a bad one! This race was a big deal for me, being the first race in the Dublin Marathon Race Series it made training for the marathon that much more official in my mind.
Anyway, I gradually got myself into a mindset that ‘what will be will be’ and focused on my training and making sure I hit my distances, especially the long runs. Given that I’m currently running 9 mile LSRs, a 5 mile race really shouldn’t be a problem.
At the beginning of April I started training for my first marathon. It’s taking place on the 26th of October so I’m giving myself loads of time to train for it. I thought it might be good to post a little update to let you know where I’m at, how I’m training and what my weekly training routine looks like.
Yesterday I ran the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, an annual 10k race that takes place here in Dublin. This is the second time I’ve run this race, and was the first big race in my Dublin Marathon training plan.
In the lead up to the race I was battling a lot of inner negativity, questioning my abilities and my goals and generally berating myself for daring to run. Luckily I recognised what I was doing to myself and spent a week trying to drag myself out of that negative place and into my usual confident self. I’m happy to say I’m winning that battle, but on the eve of the race I wondered if I had started to win it too late. Would all that negativity I poured out on myself affect how I ran it?
“We are the heroes of our time but we’re dancing with the demons in our minds.” from ‘Heroes’ performed by Måns Zelmerlöw
I am the meanest person I know. Don’t believe me? Well you should.
I’ve learned a lot of really great lessons from running. Things like learning to push myself, learning to rest properly, learning to trust people and learning to have discipline. The biggest lesson I’ve learned however, is learning to listen to the right voices, and ignore the wrong ones. Continue reading
This evening, when I got home from work, I was not feeling like going for a run at all. And I didn’t have to go for a run. I could have put it off until tomorrow and called it a rest day. But something made me tweet for encouragement to get me out the door. The responses I got were unexpected but highly motivating.
It was this tweet that really motivated me into going for my run, thankful that I could run at all.
I am really grateful for everyone who tweeted me. It gave me the motivation I needed to get my gear on and get out the door. And I am so glad I did. Because if I hadn’t gone running:
I would have missed hearing one of the big cats at the zoo letting out some mighty roars and growls.
I would have missed seeing some ducks using a flooded part of the path as an impromptu pond.
I would have missed breathing deeply the scent of freshly mown grass.
I would have missed the camaraderie of recognizing other runners in the park as we passed each other twice in one evening.
I would have missed the little kid waving at me from his stoller as I ran past him and his mom.
I would have missed the sound of birdsong.
I would have missed being out in the fresh air of a cool, spring evening.
I would have missed the chance to appreciate my body and what it can do, what it’s capable of.
I would have missed being reminded not to taking running for granted.
I would have missed being able to say ‘I did it’.
I would have missed running.
Some runners will tell you there’s no such thing as a bad run. I think after today I would beg to differ. Or at least, I would say that there is such a thing as a run that’s gone badly; but what you can take from it determines whether or not it was a bad run.
Today, my long run went rather badly. But I did learn some really good lessons from it so I’m not calling it a total loss.
I’m curious about what other runners training for marathons (or long races, ultras etc) do regarding alcohol and training. I’ve heard some people say they don’t drink any alcohol at all while training, others say they do. I don’t drink very much myself, a bottle of wine over a weekend once, maybe twice a month. Or I might skip the wine and have a bottle of my favourite ginger beer or pale ale instead. So I don’t think I’ll give it up yet, although I do think that closer to the marathon I’ll set alcohol aside until after the race. So what are your thoughts and habits? Take the poll and please do leave a comment to explain below!