It's the Herts 10K tomorrow! Yes, I am a day late with this post. I am feeling nervous but excited. I haven't raced since the half marathon in June, but have been trying to keep running regularly over the last month. Nerves are funny things, as on the face of it all I have to do is run and it doesn't matter what I do, but it does matter, it matters to me. I know I should chill and enjoy it, but I want to do well. I keep thinking of all the things that can go wrong- bad weather, traffic, no parking, feeling cold, getting a stitch, my knee hurting (it's been feeling a bit funny, but I don't know if my nerves are emphasizing the twinge). I worry I haven't trained enough, or not trained properly. I don't even want to think about PBs and the like or I'll be a gibbering mess.
Paradoxically, I am also worried about after the race- what will my next goal be? What will I choose for my motivation to keep me moving over the winter? I guess I'll think more about it when the 10K is done. Here is my recap from last year's race.
On to this week's fitness. It's crazy how up and down it can be: sometime's I am as energetic and up for it as you like, with positive thoughts exploding from me, other times I hate the good ship Exercise and all who sail in her.
Saturday- (rest, from running) I had a training day for work all day so decided not to run, but did a mish-mash of strength moves, stretches, weights and Zumba dances at home.
Sunday- 1hr Zumba, walking to town and back (plus shopping!), 2.3mile dog walk
Monday- 4.3mile/6.9k run, 2m.5mile dog walk. Why do some runs feel like you're always going uphill? My eyes told me one thing, my body another. I am proud I did this, and stretched the route to almost 7k.
Tuesday- 3.1mile/5k run. I am sooo bummed about this run, although during it I felt so strong and fast. The whole way around the two laps of my village I was thinking 'oh my God, I am going to do this in less than 30 mins (30.19 = my PB). Then I got back in the car and looked at the clock and it had been half an hour. Nooo! I was so hoping for a few minutes less than that! Oh well. I was OK at the end and didn't ache or feel out of puff. I'll keep plugging on! I should feel proud I could run this distance feeling so good.
Wednesday- 2.8mile/4.5k run. It was all sunny and nice when I set out, but the in rolled the clouds and wind! My legs felt like jelly, my kneee felt weird, so I cut back a longer run to get home before a tree blew on me and I died. Died by tree or running exertions, I'm glad I didn't have to find out which would do me in first.
Thursday- Had an unplanned rest day. I was walking around most of the day at work, but come home time I was done in, so listened to my body and chilled.
Friday- 2.3 mile run. Surprises surprises. I had a busy Friday so was prepared to cut myself some slack. But I woke up at 7.30, and in a daze I found myself putting on trainers and doing my go-to shorter route before breakfast.
Today I am trying to take it fairly easy. I just drove two hours back from visiting friends in Chichester, after enjoying a lovely chilled breakfast with some delicious scrambled eggs (protein, get in my belly). I am weighing up whether I should go for a shake it out/shake out the nerves run, or just try a dog walk. I might take the doggingtons out first, then have a wee jog before dinner.
I also realised I never explained the rollercoaster guff at the beginning of the post. I went to Thorpe Park yesterday, and went on three rollercoasters, and one of them was Stealth! I'll post about it in a day or so :) Quite an achievement for someone who is devilishly scared of all things rollercoastery and has never been on one before!
How do you cope with sporting nerves?
Any good pre-race rituals?
What are your fitness goals?
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