Today I received a reminder email (as if I could forget!) from the lovely people at Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run telling my I have 2 months until I take part in the half marathon. I had worked out the other day that I have 8 weeks left of training, so this didn’t come as too much of a surprise, although I think the ‘weeks’ sounds much closer than the months! I have had a good little motivation boost over the last few weeks and am feeling a bit more positive about the experience. Talking to the lovely Leanne via her blog has also been helpful, and I’m pleased to say she completed her first half marathon on Monday.
Anyway here are some figures for the people who like stats to browse over:
Total distance July: 30.7miles
Average pace: 12.18 minute/mile
Fastest mile: 10.32 minutes
Longest run: 1 hour 34 minutes
Farthest run: 7.03 miles
Mind over matter has definitely been my mantra this month. I have tried hard to push myself when I want to stop, by reminding myself that pain is temporary, and that the pain I feel when running isn’t really that bad, just mild discomfort. I also remind myself how quick my recovery time is, and that if I stop short I will regret it after about 3 minutes when I realise I could have gone another mile quite easily.
My favourite moment has been completing my farthest run to date of 7 miles. I went out expecting to fail so I was strangely surprised when I completed it comfortably. I have also found a running buddy who is completing the same race as me and we have been out running in the city. She runs much faster than me so it was a bit of a challenge to complete the 6 miles but we did it with lots of walking breaks. I’m hoping she can help me get my pace up a bit as I feel a little slow at the moment.
My next target is to run 9 miles, which leads me into September with 4 weeks left to break the 10 mile mark. Wow I can’t believe I’m even typing these words! Are any of you training for a half? All tips welcome!