All I can say is that when you want to run a race, you probably shouldn’t go out drinking huge on a Friday night and then out late-ish the night before.
HOWEVER…it can be done 🙂
I totally almost bailed on this run, and then my trainer sorted me out and my ass was UP this morning. I didn’t want to go…it was windy, cold, rainy and my body hasn’t properly slept due to being too social these past two nights.
I fueled on gluten free chocolate pancakes–not a great choice. Had nothing else in the house to be honest and I needed something in my tummy.
I got my i-pod sorted and knew that my song list would get me through.
We got to the race and honestly I didn’t want to be there. I wanted to be in my bed and I was exhausted. My tummy started hurting as well. Awesome.
We got into line and then it hit me…I AM GOING TO DO THIS.
The run-down….14.5km’s worth
1- Feeling good, but it is only 1km in?
2-God it’s cold. I stopped for about 4 minutes and thought I needed to use the toilet, but I didn’t. I just ignored it.
3-I would normally be turning around right now
4-Ok, you are feeling good
5-1/3 of the way there
7-This is hard work and I want to quit, but I am HALF-WAY
9-You have 5km left, give it your best
10-I have been here before, but I still have a bit more to do and it’s getting really REALLY windy
11- It’s officially windy, keep your head down and don’t think about it
12-I have NEVER EVER ran further than this in my whole life–can I do it?
13- There’s a girl, talk to her, you need it. She goes ‘it’s only 1.5km left, we can’t stop’–SHE RIGHT..not stopping. I loop around and see the stadium and I want to bolt.
14- HOLY SHIT I am actually here…now just a bit further
I see the finish line and just run. Open up, full throttle. It was glorious and I could have ran more. But I was SO proud of myself!!!!!!!!!! I think that my time was about 1:25 (minus the toilet break) my goal was under 1:30…and I did it!!!
I came home and went to the toilet and saw blood in my urine. I have NEVER seen anyone write about this before…and I freaked. What was going on with me. So I googled it.
Therefore, if you develop haematuria, avoid urinating immediately before the start of a marathon and see if that helps. The presence of some urine in the bladder will help prevent the bladder walls from making contact with each other.
I did that. No urine in my bladder and probably not at the highest level of hydration. I am ok now…so if this happens to you don’t freak 🙂
This race was easy on some levels and hard on others. I had A LOT of mental chatter going on in my mind. I had to shut it out. I have pushed myself beyond any ANY level of racing before in my whole life. The level of being scared because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do it perfectly almost had me not running this race. The thing is, is that WE DON’T HAVE TO BE PREFECT! You just have to try!!!!!!!!!
I ran across that finish line and smiled, actually jumped! This race was for me! I did it!
Harnessing A DEEP Appreciation For My Body, My Relationship With My Body and How to Care For It