‘And no doubt the 18-miler tomorrow will give me the ass-kicking I missed this week’. Oh, how confidently I wrote that last week!
Consider my ass well and truly kicked. This distance is the furthest I’ve ran in training – and ever – but given that 16 miles wasn’t too bad, I was looking forward to it.
I chose a route that I’ve not run before, to get some variation, and very quickly I noticed that, mentally, this run was going to be harder than the others. It took a while to warm up, and my left leg was aching from a week in high heels the week before. By mile 6, I was heading out of Durham, and started towards the next town.
Running to a whole new town is kind of a big deal in my opinion. You actually leave your familiar surroundings and venture into a whole new postcode. I ran from DH1 to DL16. If you don’t know how exciting that is, then I can’t help you.
You remember how far it is when you drive, and get some satisfaction in knowing that you’re relying on your two legs to take you there. The people are different, the landmarks are different, and the mentality is different. It took 2 hours and 35 minutes.
What I’m realising about this whole long distance thing is that I rarely get a stitch, or need to stop because I can’t catch my breath or anything. The challenge is in your head – you just have to keep going – and for me, in my adductors. They don’t really like going strong for 2 hours or more!
So, all you seasoned marathoners will be familiar with this. I came back from Saturday’s run feeling more intimidated by the distance, and more than a little bit tired. It was the first run that I think did kick my ass – so, you know, good prep for the day and all that.
Then the next day, instead of resting, I thought it would be a good idea to go to a pole workshop. Actually, I had been signed up for a while. It was with Bendy Kate, aka Miss Pole Dance UK. I thought it would be all stretchy and flexy, but instead we did handstands, pole flips and some other different moves. Each guest teacher has their own style and moves, and I really liked Kate’s new variations to get upside down on the pole. I’ll post a video when it looks better than it currently does….
I love that stuff, but was just too knackered on Sunday! Plus in the warm up, we did running races, and I 100% completely face-planted. As well as ruining any credibility as a runner among my pole friends, I am now sporting a lovely yellow bruise on my chin and knee 😉
After such a busy weekend, it is a good thing that my mum has been here this week. What is it about being with your mum that makes you feel like you can eat whatever you want? On Monday we had KFC for lunch and Thai for dinner. Plus she bought us chocolates, which didn’t last long.