MONDAY: The start of a very cautious race week leading up to the Great North Run on Sunday. After Sunday’s horrendous run in which both my legs and my (usually unbreakable) mental toughness escaped me I decided not to run today. My sports therapist also advised this, which I felt I would be stupid to ignore, as she had diagnosed my legs to be very tired and tight (see previous blog) I opted for a stint on the Vario machine at my gym, which is supposed to mimic running without the impact, followed by Body Pump.
TUESDAY: Rest Day - today was my Masters graduation, and thus I took this opportunity to give my legs break from any form of activity (see lovely non running photo for once!)
WEDNESDAY: Another spell on the Vario machine before my Body Pump class. Although the Vario felt boring, I was pleased that my legs felt stronger than they did on Monday, which gave me a bit more hope and confidence I was doing the right thing in terms of preparation for Sunday.
THURSDAY: Too scared to leave running for an entire week before the Great North Run, I headed out for a very steady 8k run. I purposely did not take my watch with me so I would not be stressed or fixated by my speed, and instead could just focus on giving the legs a gentle spin. Initially the run felt odd, but after the first kilometre was behind me I started to feel more confident, my legs felt ok, neither awful nor good, but just ok. I would take that heading into Sunday!
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Two rest days before Race Day.
SUNDAY: Great North Run – a wonderful opportunity to experience such a renowned race – I feel privileged to have been able to take part in both the London Marathon and Great North Run this year. My time was 1hour 49mins 36 seconds, not a PB, but a time I am happy with considering I found the course to be a lot tougher than my previous half marathon, plus I was able to run it all with my sister which made the day extra special. Full blog to follow.