Well, here I am facing the 3 week countdown to the big event, poised with bright pink official race number in hand, old trusted trainers looking tired and worn, and my faithful (luck bringing) skull hairband ready to rock the Manchester Marathon.
There has been a few weeks when my participation was in question, having suffered the ankle injury on a 16 mile run, thinking that a few days and all would be normal again, but ooooohhh nooooo…it appears the body doesn’t work like that – it needs time to repair, time that quite frankly us ‘athletes’ don’t have!! aside from this, I have completely done my poor husbands head in asking ridiculous questions that only a qualified medical professional would be able to answer with the aid of an x-ray, and been what could be described as a bit grumpy and emotional.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m simply aiming to finish the race, not break any world records (unless perhaps for the slowest time without the aid of fancy dress!), but you train hard and put the hours for a marathon and to be faced with the possibility of not doing it so close to the event makes you feel a little bit crotchety to say the least! But enough wallowing….because we are back on track – hooray. I took the decision to see how far I could run up to 19 miles, and if I got over 15 without anything ‘hurting’ I would be ok… I achieved the 19….and everything hurt accept the ankle, so we are good to go!
We have the LONG ONE facing us this weekend – we are attempting 21 miles – da, da, daaaaaaa!! But, I’m trying to remain calm and centred by thinking, once again, anything over 15 would be fine. I’m looking forward to my mapping challenge that lies before me this evening and then eating everything in sight once we’ve completed the run.
I will let you know how I get on….