Coming up to Race Day

Tomorrow I take part in the first race as part of my half marathon training. It’s the Milton Keynes 10k and it looks like we’re going to have some delightful weather for it. They’re saying it could get to 16 degrees by 3pm which is polar opposite to last year’s event when it snowed all morning!

I did some long runs at the start of the week, focussing on hill work since we found out that we have to run the dreaded Campbell Park Big One at the very end of the run tomorrow. I encountered this for the first time on my first ever race last year, The Race For Life, and it’s a bugger. Last time I was the only person to run the whole thing, and annoyingly had to dodge all the people walking it. So in effect I probably ran it twice considering all the zig zagging I had to do. By the time I finished I was so knackered that the final stretch was really hard. This time I hope to be more tactical about it.

On Thursday Jen and I went back to Yoga and it being a new month the focus was Hips. I’m really pleased about this because after longer runs I’m experiencing a lot of stiffness and some pain in my hips and need to work on their flexibility. Unfortunately a few of the exercises have aggravated my ITB and as a result I’m experiencing some discomfort in my injured knee…. not ideal the day before a race. I’m really hoping that it’s back to feeling fine tomorrow, but I have some ibuprofen gel handy just in case. Note to self: no yoga the week before a race during injury recovery.

It’s a rest day today and we’re off to London shortly to see Scent of a Woman at the BFI Southbank as part of their Al Pacino season. It’ll be a good opportunity to stretch out the knee, but not too much, soak in the sunshine and enjoy some of that beautiful London Spring weather.

I also recently found out that one of my old work colleagues is running the race tomorrow, and that one of my oldest school friends has taken up running and is training for the MK Infinity Run and Royal Parks Half in September! I love seeing my friends taking up running and I know they’ll get as much out of it as I do. It’s totally changed my way of life. I weighed myself last week and although I’m now the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life, I’m also the slimmest/healthiest so I know I’ve gained a lot of muscle. I would often yo-yo with my weight and went between almost chubby to worryingly thin at times. I’m now healthy and strong and definitely more toned. By the summer I might even be tempted to stick on a bikini – who knows!

Oh and speaking of the summer, we managed to get tickets to V Festival on 16th/17th August, just one day after my birthday. I really can’t wait. Justin Timberlake and Chic are playing as well as a few others I’m looking forward to seeing. It’s going to be great!

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