I have been considering not running the Weston Christmas Cracker 10k. My inner critic reasoned that I wouldn’t be able to run it as only fit people can run it, and besides, what with working my old job and my new job, I haven’t had the mental capacity to add running into the mix (running takes a huge amount of mental effort for me). All very true. I haven’t been out, and I failed to follow my Hal Higdon 10k plan. I’ve managed to get to 4 miles. Additionally, the inner critic reminded me that I am heavier than I probably should be for my joints, and running is high impact of course.
Then, with some blue sky thinking, I remind myself that regardless of the time I do, it will be a personal best. It is the only time I’ll be able to do it without failing (unless I fail to finish, but then there will always be another day). Yeah, I am heavier than recommended, but I have been through my entire “running career”, and the few extra pounds (ok, extra stone), is still one stone less than when I started Couch to 5k in January. Yes, there is a reasonable chance that I could come last, but someone does have to come last. If that person is me, then it is me. I am pretty sure that they don’t shoot the last person back. Plus, I paid to enter (as is the custom with these kinds of things), and what a waste of money if I don’t do it. Additionally, I have been severely mince pie deprived so far this year, and this is one of the only acceptable ways that I can have a mince pie (I’m sure it will taste better than all other mince pies by the time I get to the finish line!). Of course, it’s also “nothing ventured, nothing gained”.
Having done battled with my inner voices (though I do promise I am not
entirely mad), I have convinced myself to do it. There are aspects that I am not looking forward to. Specifically, I am not looking forward to my mother-in-law cheering on father-in-law (who will make it home sub-45 mins) and then hanging around waiting for me to come back and have a lot of faux praise. All I want to see at the end is a mince pie the face of my husband, who will have really understood what an accomplishment it will have been for me.
I’m trying to work out what is best to take with me. I have my usual running kit, but what should I take in addition? I am thinking some food, warm clothes, clean socks, knickers and a bra, deodorant, hairbrush. All tips welcome!
In other news, I weighed in today, and maintained over the two weeks. Hurrah! That is quite good. Friday involved a delicious three course Thai meal for my Mum’s work’s Christmas Party. I also drank quite a lot (for me). Perhaps the yoga yesterday helped, or the 2 mile run today. Who knows.