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Day 25: Stinkin’ .7

20 Jun

I have been haunted by the desire to blog every night for the past week but I just haven’t been able to get to it before incoherency seeps in and sleep is the only option. Life has been getting in the way of my blogging! There is a certain irony in my dilemma because it needs to happen for me to have something to blog about…it would just be a lot more convenient if it happened between 9 and 5!

So anyway I’m back, and despite plenty of opportunity, I haven’t used my online absence as an excuse to become undisciplined on the running front. The weather has been pretty un-cooperative recently but I’m still steadily moving towards my goal of running the 5.7 Km in the Gold Coast Marathon in less than 2 weeks.

One thing I’ve taken up to spite the weather is cross training. Hill sprints, skipping and circuit training have now found a home in my weekly routine. My stroller group coach claims that runners can never do enough squats or lunges so I’ve been adding a fair few of those in as well.

I also came to the reluctant realisation that my standard run-for-time style of training was not really preparing me for this race. ‘Map My Run’ now has me sorted and I have a couple of routes planned out that are exactly 5.7 Km. Yesterday I tested it out and I can tell you that the last .7km was a killer – both physically and mentally! It doesn’t sound like a lot but I’ve decided it is like marketing something at $5.99 instead of $6. We all fall for that deceptive five in front. The extra squats had my legs protesting from the very beginning and gazing wistfully as I continued past my old turn-around point did nothing to keep my head in the game. I am realising how much mental preparation goes in to this running business. On the positive, I guess I am glad that I am facing this now rather than on race day. Maybe if I throw in a few 6K runs I’ll go back to falling for the five in front again.

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