Each week I wonder what am I going to write about this time. What can be so different week after week and how much can you actually write about running? Trust me, running is more than just putting one step in front of the other. It's a planned event and this week I found that out the hard way.
So following on from my last blog, I was refreshed and running again. My next challenge was the Burnham Beeches Half Marathon. It had been a crazy week at work and it hadn't even dawned on me that I wasn't looking after myself until after the race. After all life happens and you just get on with it, routine doesn't always happen.
It was a stunning morning, the sun was shining, runners were dashing about putting their baggage away and using the loo for those last minute nerves and the gun goes off. We are off to do 2 laps of a course situated in a beautiful part of Bucks. For the first lap I was flying, using the running techniques that I had been practising and did half the race in 54 mins. I was excited that this could be a PB (personal best)! Then the heat kicked in. To my horror I found that my body was slowing down and it was impossible to get enough water down me. At the 11th mile my back was hurting so badly that I wanted to stop. I couldn't breathe. I was so tired. I desperately wanted more water but none was available until the finish line. So I kept going as my mind is stronger than my body and crossed the finish line at 2:00:04. So much for that PB I was looking at an hour ago! Graham, his son Paul and I went to enjoy the pool, but I found that I was too tired to enjoy it. My body and mind would not settle down. I didn't feel right. The heat had affected me so much that I spent the rest of the day cold, tired, shivering and being sick. I lost 6 lbs over night and was not able to stomach food or even water. I found that this is what dehydration does.
Looking back now, I can see why it happened. I had barely eaten during the days leading up to the race, and even on the race day I didn't have my usual breakfast and water. So I have learnt that although life does get busy, I have to plan my food and water and listen to my friend Tony who tells me that 'success is a planned event'. Not giving myself the correct nutrition caused my body to break down resulting in me not getting the results I aimed for. I'm not going to beat myself up about it, it's happened and I've learnt from it so it wasn't a wasted day!
The Express & Echo in Exeter wrote another article about me this week. It was concerning my running the New York City Marathon on 1st November to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis in memory of Gavin Fallon who was taken by the disease 3 years ago. If you missed the article you can read it here.
I am also delighted that once again Amway (UK) Ltd. have agreed to support me by providing all the nutritional supplements, vitamins & minerals that my body requires leading up to the marathon.
Until the next time...