Holy Moly was it a windy run today or what? I took my 4 mile route, and the way back I was running in practically gale force winds! Okay, it probably wasn’t, but it seriously felt like it! Wrapped up all warm and reflective pre-run:
I checked the weather before I left, and with a ‘feels like’ temperature of 2C and light rain expected, I was taking no chances with the gear! I did get a little hot in my hat, as I knew I would, but it was mainly to protect my hair from the rain I did 4 miles averaging an 8.32 pace, which I was pleased with considering the wind! It was very tough though- had to use the ‘Pain is temporary, Quitting is forever’ mantra a number of times to keep pushing with the speed. Oh and this was brilliant:
My new running jacket! (Mizuno Performance Windbreaker, if you’re interested! ) It arrived this morning, ready for my test-run of it in the evening. I loved it! Very breathable and light, but dealt with the wind and rain for me brilliantly! Also loved having so many zip pockets to put things in! However, I had a minor disaster with it:
Aah well. ‘Worse things have happened at sea’, I always say!
Oh and quick running news: I think I might enter a half marathon in March 2011…and possibly participate in the trials for the London Mini Marathon (for 17’s and under), but I’m not sure how fast you would have to be to do that… I think it’s basically a 5k, so I assume it would basically be a sprint! Really not sure about the Mini Marathon (I’ll try to find out more about it) but I do want to do the half marathon!
Unfortunately, you can’t actually see me in any of these photos, but I was there, honestly! The last photo is of all the balloons/streamers coming down and fireworks going off in the big ‘Land Of Hope and Glory’ finale, for those of you who are familiar with how the Proms work (these were the youth Proms by the way). It was so much fun, but so tiring! Rehearsals, travelling and a lot of waiting around from 9am till I got back home at gone midnight, but it was worth it! The highlights of the day’s eats was a tofu salad mess (tofu chunks, roasted veggies, brown rice, cous cous, lettuce, tomato, sweetcorn, etc) and a whole tub of these that I snacked on throughout the day:
Cauldron Butternut Squash Falafel Bites. Delicious, and ridiculously moreish!
So what mantras do you use when the going gets tough? I usually use ‘Pain is temporary, Quitting is forever’ (Lance Armstrong’s famous mantra), and would love to hear your ones! And what plans (if any) have you got for upcoming races?
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