Strangely- not nervous yet, there is some pressure now from (very well-meaning) friends at the club to achieve a particular time, which I really do not want to embed itself in my mind, as I want to enjoy it without worrying about getting a sub-*.** for my first marathon. Another woman at the club , who was much newer to running than me, did her first VLM last year, and got a little over her planned target and was so gutted and upset. It really struck me that it was such a shame after a really great training programme and having done so well. I do not want to be her!
I did the usual Monday hills tonight but my legs are still REALLY heavy from Saturday's race so it was slower than it has been for quite some time.. driving rain throughout was OK but the wind not so great. Still, now the clocks have changed, the hill is no longer pitch black on a Monday night. Always half full, me!
Strangely, enjoy well deserved gorging. Sounds like a truly vile run.
Me- Orion 15 today. It was absolutely beautiful running through the mud, hills and gullies of Epping Forest, and completely hardcore and ridiculously difficult, making last week's 21 mile on the road seem like a breeze. From miles 3-11 was unrelenting hills, completely off the trails and paths, several hills which were too slippy to run up, and one gully which floored me with lactic acid. however from 11-15 it was a bit flatter and mainly on slightly easier terrain including some small footpaths and I felt miraculously strong. I was the 3rd woman finisher in my club, beating four women who are usually in front of me, so I was really pleased with my finish. Time was 2.24 which is good enough for me! Sadly hardly any pics to share, as it was the most picturesque way to run.
like strangely, the legs are feeling the miles a little. Just a run to work and back today, a 5 mile-ish round trip but keeps the miles ticking over and is a fairly nice way to bookmark the day, even in the rain. +