No it’s not my birthday, I’ve given them up, having had too many significant ones already and anyway I’m being blocked by my older brother who has been 37 for years and years! No, on 20th November my blog will be one year old! (yes Jogblog it’s nearly time for Janathon again!)
Rather timely, I am running the Gosport Half Marathon on Sunday and much as I’d like to celebrate the day with a Personal Best I’m not so sure it’s going to happen. I’m definitely getting closer to it but I think I still have a little way to go. At least it’s a nice flat course so, cold sea breezes permitting, I hope it will feel fast and I can keep up my improvement streak.
I’m having to grovel a bit with my family because the race will result in them all having to get up before 7am on a Sunday because of my geographical naïvety. (As you might have noticed most of the races I run follow a pattern, ie they are in Central London, easily travelled from Central London or on the Isle of Wight.) This year I even ventured across the Solent to Portsmouth for the Great South Run, so I assumed that Gosport, also being just the other side of the Solent, would also be an easy race to get to from the Isle of Wight. Hum…, turns out that in reality, with ferries, Sunday mornings and getting from ferry port to ferry port to race means that public transport looks problematic and driving the long way round (Portsmouth is a blooming island) by car is the quickest way to get there. Therefore (because of the dreadful price of IOW car ferry tickets) the team get to come along too! (I have been nice and researched some interesting museums which will be open at the time for them to visit so it’s not all bad, other than teenagers and expecting them to move before noon and all that).
Anyway my training has gone well, I’ve certainly enjoyed some recent long runs, enjoying the time out on my feet with my music and surrounds, not noticing the time. However, recently I have noticed a few aches and twinges in my hip so have eased up this week taking tapering seriously. It’s a bit of a reminder that I have started to neglect my stretches, foam rolling and exercises. So for the rest of this week I will avoid the stresses and strains of BMF and will stick to a couple of slow easy runs followed by lots of stretches and rolling. This morning I had a very enjoyable run, I had to concentrate to keep the pace easy and because of such a lovely mild autumn day in the park felt I could have plodded on all day. I managed to drag myself home after 5.5 miles having planned to run 4.