The one where I get a telling off at the end
It’s not often I have a morning with no children, no husband and no work. With a bit of time to spare before having to pick the girls and my mum up and head off to North Wales, I thought I would make best use of the freedom and run 10k for my August medal.
I tend not to run on a morning. With having a husband that leaves early for work, two girls that are very slow to get ready on a morning and a nursery drop off in one direction, a school run in the other and then work in another I find mornings just to difficult and stressful!
But … this morning (25/08) was different, it was just me!
It was my second ever run before 9 in the morning, and that’s when I realised I had made my first mistake … no breakfast! What was I thinking, luckily I had remembered to drink some water when I got up (along with a coffee).
The first 4 kilometres were the same hell they always are, I got a stitch (as always) at 2.5k but it went after 10 minutes and I plodded on. I was quite pleased to get round the first lap (which included one of my fastest kilometres ever!) and started the second.
A few weeks ago I bought a ‘marathon pack’ from Lidl. It included tablets to go in my water, a water bottle and some gel things. I need to do some more reading on gels to understand why I need them (if at all) and when is best to take them. I keep reading on different forums about how good they are and to take the first one after about 40 minutes. So I did! (I have also read about how some people get a dodgy tummy when taking them so thought I would give it a go while closeish to home).
This turned into a bit of a disaster … how do you open them, and then take them while on the move? I ended up with it everywhere! Round my chops, sticky banana goo on my hands and down my top and then wiping it on my legs made them sticky too … and a magnet for bugs!
Luckily they didn’t give me a dodgy tummy (but then I am not sure how much I actually consumed).
The last 5k were slower the first half. I was a few hundred metres from 10k by the time I got home, so I ran round the pond a few times and up the street until the TomTom showed it was over.
So … another race complete (5 down … 35 to go) and I was feeling quite pleased with myself. All done and dusted before 09:30 am, time for a quick shower and head over to pick the family up and off to Llandudno for a few days holiday. But … a quick phone call to my mum (who had kindly looked after the girls so I could work) and I realised that I was in a bit of trouble. Instead of running I should have been there and we could have gone away earlier!
With ‘You’re late, you’re late, for a very important date’ ringing in my ears I showered, washed off all the banana gel and threw the case in the car and set off for the start of a two week, very busy holiday, which included Llandudno, Edinburgh and Blackpool. (The photo isn’t running related but is me any my kidlets on the end of Llandudno pier).
My running the last couple of weeks has been poor, but I have done a lot of walking – covering at least 10k a day and for our week in Edinburgh it was more like 15k. Its only just over a week until my first half marathon. I have one more long run planned and then a couple of short ones before the day. I am keeping my fingers crossed I can do it!