That’s it. It’s done. All I can do now is wait.
Sunday marked the final race in my training calendar before the Great North Run, I’ve never felt so ready for this half marathon.
The South Shields 10 Mile race provided a fantastic platform to prepare my body for the 13.1 miles I’m due to run, on top of the Sunderland 10k, Blaydon Race, Wallington 10k and the Friday Night 5k that I have also raced in, my legs are in terrific shape.
Believe it or not, I’ve never completed as many races since my journey began in 2013. Weird isn’t it? I shocked myself when I totalled them up recently.
I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this year, from running consistent times, running a new 10km personal best (it’s been two years since I ran it) and generally, feeling strong with each and every run the I’ve completed.
I feel that, where I live, is one of the many reasons why I’m enjoying my running again. Countryside, hills and carrying out recces for routes have made it so relaxing and made me want to get out because I can be one with myself, while not having the stresses of avoiding cars/people traffic.
All that’s left to do is keep ticking over, run a couple longer runs, taper and make sure I keep myself in good nick. Recently, coming down with a little cold slowed things down but rather than try push past it – I know some folk out there would – I took the week off, letting my body’s defence system do its job.
The only thing I regret is that I haven’t bought new long distance running shoes for the occasion. I’ve done it for the 2014 and 2015 runs but, circumstances change, meaning I can’t always afford to buy a pair, it’s fine though, my Nike Pegasus 32 shoes will get me though! I’m due to write a wish list blog so stand by for that.