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Get ready, get steady… Go!

24 Jun

Today I successfully completed another Half Marathon as part of my 2012 miles in 2012; Malvern Half Marathon in aid of Acorn’s Children’s Hospice. It’s a race I have done before but this year the route was different. It was a disappointing route this year, and took us down some very long and mentally challenging roads, but was still a very well organised and enjoyable race. The marshals were fantastic.  Running in a race is such a different feeling to running a long weekend training run. Mainly because you are competing, and wanting to achieve a good time, but also for me personally it would be completely inconceivable to set out for a race and not complete the full distance.

 

 

So if you are thinking of running a race; whatever the distance, whether it is your first or 100th, here are ten useful tips to see you through.

1. Arrive in good time

Get everything ready the night before. From experience, there is nothing worse than arriving at a race and having to run to the start line, have no time to go the loo (nerves!) and adequately warm up.

2. Fill up on Fuel

You can’t run without fuel. This is a really important bit of advice, when I first started running I made this mistake too many times than I’d care to remember. I was lucky enough to always be in company, and luckily never fainted or anything but I have had to pay for it later. Feeling exhausted for the rest of the day.

You can’t run without fuel but eating too close to starting time can also make yourself poorly, causing cramps or stitch. Try to eat a carbohydrate-rich meal no later than one hour before your race.

3. Hydrate

For races over 10km many people will want to have a drink to stay hydrated. Do you prefer to run with a bottle? Or are you okay with taking drinks at water stations? Decide what you’re going to do, and train in the same way.

4. Check the weather

Check the weather for the day of your race. If its hot and sunny, make sure you will be wearing something cool. If it’s going to be cold or wet, make sure you have a waterproof. Wear something trusted, that’s comfortable and works for you,

5. Plan your race strategy

Its good to think first about how you are going to run your race. I would suggest starting off steady and then picking up the pace half way through. Negative splits. Always remember its your race and no one else’s.  Don’t run alongside someone’s else and try and keep up, they will have their own plan and it may not suit you and your training.

6. Don’t stress

Don’t stress. Its just a race, it’s the taking part that matters. You have got this far so why go and spoil your enjoyment by stressing. Easier said than done, I know. But seriously, try to see the bigger picture and enjoy it.

7. Use your fellow race goers to keep you going

No matter where you run your race at home or abroad, there is something about running in a race that seems to bring everyone together. Runners are friendly creatures! I have met so many people whilst running a race, and it can really help keep you going. When you’re feeling tired use the pace of other runners around you to keep going, you can also try encouraging each other. Another useful tactic is to pick out someone ahead of you and try to catch them, or just maintain the same distance between you.

8. Split the race

This really works for me. I try and imagine to race in sections. If I am running a half marathon I divide it into two 10k’s, for me this really works. Some may split it up even smaller, down to 5k’s. It somehow makes the distance feel less daunting. Try it.

9. Recruit some cheerleaders!

Run your race with a friend or ask friends or family to come along to support you. Having someone at the finish line or along the way will really give you a boost and is great encouragement if you start to feel tired.

10. Whether it’s your first race or your 100th enjoy it.

Whether you come first or last, you did it. Well done. If you didn’t finish in the time you wanted to, it doesn’t matter, isn’t it the taking part that matters? There’s always next time!

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I’m Broken

5 Apr

It’s been a while! …I have been running, but not nearly as much as I would have liked. I ran for sport relief and have done some long runs most weekends but I have been suffering since I upped my mileage this year. I have ignored the pain but it has become worse. My friends have been telling me to go and see a professional but i have just shrugged it off with the theory, the pains not killing me.

It was actually my horse, (Looby Lou) who I had the fall on last year, who prompted me to go and seek a professional to help with the pain. I have increased my riding a lot this year, and have really taken a positive step forward with Looby since I have been much stronger from my fall. However she has been showing signs of pain and discomfort in her one side. I therefore immediately called out my equine Chiropractor. Looby has since been much happier and forward going. So perhaps it was time I sorted myself out too.

I have seen so many Physio’s and chiro’s and any other therapist that could have helped, but thought I’d ask around for a reccomendation. My very close running pal recommend the Chiro that i went to see and she was fanatastic. She demonstrated passion for what she was doing, expertise and she managed to give me a real confidence that she could really help me. She said I should’t just accept my pain as the norm.

Our bodies are so important to us, and I have completely neglected mine. My legs take me so far everyday, and I am feeling so guilty for not looking after it properly and seeking a professional before now. Luckily no irreparable damage has been done, but lesson has been learnt.

So appointment was just a few days ago, and i am currently feeling like I have been hit by a lorry. I was told to rest for a few days which has not been easy in the slightest. I admistteldy went to a spinning class this mroning, which was fantastic and a great work out but painful, very very painful. I just feel sore.

The chiro has also alluded me to my core, which she did say was very strong. I am so shocked at how dissapointing working the core actually is! No fireworks there.

Looking forward to next weeks appitment and being on the mend and getting some real mielage in and starting to achieve my run for 2012 challenge. I am so behind.

I have entered a Half Marathon in June and been deliberating one for April (we are already in April!!) targets to work towards anyway.

285,77 miles run to date (very behind my target… a lot of miles to make up)

1,726 miles left to run.