Run Devonport – 18/3

There’s a lot to be said about not putting expectations on yourself and having fun while you run. You never know, you may get a pb. The same goes for strength workouts and intervals.

You probably get where I’m going here.
I raced on Sunday.
I did really well.
I’m proud of myself.

The forecast was not good and the closer it got, the more nervous I felt. I’ve run in the rain before, so if I had to I would. It’s just really uncomfortable and makes you really cold. “Pull up your big girl panties and get on with it, I said, what kind of silliness is this, take note of that tatt on your ankle. Mind over matter. It’s only water after all”. Having got that out of my head, I felt better, and then the weather cleared up.

By the time the 10k started it was only a little windy, and there was 5 mins of rain during the race. As I lined up I decided subconsciously that I would not look at my watch, I was going to concentrate on not falling over myself and face plant into a puddle.
Last time I thought of that, I kept sneaking peaks after the first 4kms. This time, I didn’t look at all, even when I finished. Saved the workout and looked for my husband. And only when he said what he did, did I look at my time.

The course we ran had changed to the parkrun x 2 laps as the wind had been blowing the road signs everywhere as they set up. I didn’t mind as the whole thing was new to me. And two laps of 5km is not too bad, better than two of 10 or 20k.

Its a beautiful course, winding along the river bank for 2.5kms, completely flat and easy to run. I ran by feel as I’ve tried before, not thinking about anything but being at ease, resting the shoulders, moving forward with good movements. My only thought was to try and keep the 60min pacer close by or behind me slightly.

On my way back in the first 5 a friend was waiting and getting pictures of the RMA’s on course. I waved and gave thumbs up, smiling and continuing on. Not thinking about it until I saw her again on the last lap. I was having fun and feeling good so had a go at the jump shot. She got both attempts and it was great to see the joy in my face for once. I tend to look so serious during races that to see a picture with the inside feelings coming out was just amazing.

I kept cruising, self talking the ‘stay steady, don’t race, enjoy the finish’. So up the finishers chute with a big grin and feeling damned good. Tired, but good.

I wandered out to find hubby and he was looking pretty pleased, a big hug and photos with him saying “that was fast” I questioned, and said I never looked at my watch, his reply was that I wasn’t too far behind the 50min pacer…a check of my watch and Omg! Another pb! I was fast. The thing is, I didn’t feel fast, I felt comfortable, I wasn’t too tired. These are the things I am after. Finishing a race with more in the tank. Doing a race easier, steadier.

There is a lot to be said for not putting expectations on yourself.
For having fun when you run.
Most importantly, for those strength and interval workouts.

My official time? 56.47.

A new pb by 1.07. While I am not worried about being quicker than 55mins, you never know what might happen with 8 or so more races to go this year.

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Have you done a race where you’ve completely surprised yourself with a result?
Have you tried the jump shot? Did you succeed?
Let’s share some feel good stories (and pictures if you want).

Train well and have fun running

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Marathon (#1) training has started

After a four-week hiatus due to my own silly expectations and burning myself out with races I am back into it. And while it was nice to let my body rest, I also felt the sludge creeping back in which made me feel worse about not running.  So I bit the bullet and did it. Jumped on the tready for a quick 3km warm up and in that 20 mins I was invigorated to keep it going.

I then race registrations.
And paid for it.
There is no backing out now.
I am officially registered for the Ross marathon.
42.2kms.
4+ hours running.

Off to the store I go and find the Asics training app to help keep me motivated and in the zone to get my speed, and distance just right.

I’ve done three 7km runs so far with a supposed 12 day break then straight into a 10K.  Really. I don’t think so. My plan is to fill those rest days with targeted strength training and other short/med/long runs, while keeping enough rest days as just that. Rest days.

There are about 12 weeks til race day so I will be working pretty hard, especially as over the next 3 weeks I am moving house. From then on, I can do early morning or evening runs as I will be 2 mins away from work as compared to 30.

I have one race between now and then, a ten km locally which will be good practice. At 5 weeks away it will give me a chance to improve and work on several problem areas.
I am feeling optimistic, which is fair given its early days. I dare say when there is only a few weeks left the nerves will start to kick in.
I’m optimistic about my skill, my ability to do it. I can this.
I’m optimistic also about the time and finishing.  My training will be mainly hilly  and I’ve heard the course is pretty flat. So incline training to finish a flatter course strongly (I’m not going to even think about negative splits, that will be a bonus).

I have also decided to relinquish my need for running to the app and just do what it says. Aside of course from a12 day break. But if it says do 12kms, I will do 12 kms.
I’m ready for this.
This is my year for running.
This is my year to really discover me, and what I am capable of.
This is my year to follow my dreams, to work on interstate races, to decide my distance preference.
And you know what I say…?

Bring it on!!

My goals for the marathon.
To finish.
To finish under 5hrs.
To finish around the 4.30hrs mark.

I also know that by the time I get there I will be the fittest I have ever been and stronger than ever.

Work hard, enjoy the journey, reap the rewards.
Jennifer