Tub on the Run


Quick question about race maps

I am hoping that you may be able to help me with a question – how do you find race course maps prior to the event?  The reason I ask, is that I think I am getting the running bug, and would like to run a race (I think).  I’ve run Race For Life before, and the Commando Challenge, but they weren’t “real” races (in so far as the courses were measured or had a UKAA number).  I’ve been looking at the Crediton Crunch which M and I marshalled in 2009.  It was a beast for hills apparently, but they’ve since changed the course.  I know I would stand little chance of completing the old course, but wondered if the new one would be better.

I am going to avoid making running a chore by not signing up to anything until I can run the distance required.  I’ve found in the past that I’d sign up to something at the beginning of the year with the best of intentions but unable to run the distance, then pressure myself too hard in “training” (read: starting running), get so fed up that I resented the whole thing.  Needless to say, it is highly unlikely that I will be entering anything like a 10k in May.

I’m enjoying the whole process too much to marr it with unnecessary pressure right now.

M has been very sweet and offered to do the food shopping while I go out for a run this afternoon.  As we’re going to my parents’ for tea, I’m not able to go out for my normal evening run.  I’m quite apprehensive about running in the daylight at the moment (it’s illogical and irrational that I think people would point and laugh and wonder why on earth I am sullying their afternoon with my red, sweaty face).

What my irrational self thinks would happen during daylight

I have picked a quiet route on an old railway line.  I’m hoping it’s quiet anyway.  M will drop me off, do the shopping, then pick me up on the way back.

And if I am seen, I hope that someone thinks this about me, and not the above.

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Burning lungs of… Hope? Despair? Lard?

I’ve come back from my first run of Week 2’s podcast. I wondered, during my third run, if my lungs were about to implode, or perhaps they’d explode. I can’t quite work it out. Could they cope with much more? Well, yes they did actually – 3 more runs in fact. Anyway, it was significantly more challenging than my first week (what a surprise!). However, I am still feeling good for having completed it. My knees aren’t too sore now either, so this is all looking rather promising. I do think that I may repeat this week if I struggle with Week 3. Who knows – I may surprise myself and cope with it. The important thing is that I don’t give up.

Onwards and upwards it is!