Sue's Marathon Challenge - part 2!
Training since the Folksworth 15 has gone well and I remain focused on running the London Marathon for Saint Francis Hospice....As you may know, I work as a counsellor within our fantastic family support team.
The long runs in the cold weather have been challenging and the increase in mileage certainly creates tired legs and twinges in most muscles!
Preparing for a 19 mile run is key to its success....for me it is knowing what pace to run, when to hydrate and eat my Jaffa cakes (other cakes are available), covering toes in Vaseline and making sure my shoes are comfortable (for some reason this took longer than usual).
We didn't feel the urge to warm up and before long we were on our way.
Stamford 30k is in Lincolnshire and I headed there on Sunday to join 600+ runners.
We headed off early as the drive is 2 hours and with only one comfort break arrived at 10 to prepare for an 11 am start.
Stamford is lovely, the course is kind in the early stages and around the 10k point starts its undulating (hilly) promise.
I started easy as I had planned, pushed a little more from 10k and from 23 k decided to push a little more.
The run was good, the marshals were vocal and encouraging....I found a nice rhythm in the middle part and I am happy to report that I even won a prize, 1st Vet 60.
Perhaps being 60 isn't that bad after all.
PS, because I drove 2 hours home it took me at least 10 minutes to get out of the car!!!
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