Thursday, 18 May 2017
Lymington 10k and Half Marathon Training
Last Sunday was the Lymington 10k in aid of the RNLI (lifeboats). It was a warm day and there were loads of people there, including a few that we knew. It was a lovely course, going through the lanes and out along the seawall and along the sea path around Keyhaven and the salt marshes before heading back into Lymington.
I've just bought a hydration vest so I can carry water with me and sip it when I run instead of having to stop at the water stations to pick up cups and try and glug the stuff down while running. It invariably ends up splashing everywhere and you either gulp the lot and end up with a stitch or you don't get enough and feel dehydrated. I took the new vest with me to try out and was amazed at the difference it made.
It has a bladder of water in the back accessible by a long tube that you drink through, so you can have as much or as little as you need, when you need it. It also has two pockets for bottles at the front. These are made of a soft material so as you drink, they reshape to your body making them more comfortable. I put electrolytes in those.
I decided to try it out at the race because I've only got two more competitions before the Half and I didn't want to be trying it out then. And I will need water on the Half. Ordinarily I wouldn't need water on a 6 mile run such as Sunday's, but it was a warm day and it is amazing how quickly you lose water and salts running even in mild temperatures.
The upshot is that the vest was blooming fantastic and worth every penny. I wasn't aware I was wearing it: it did't rub, it wasn't heavy, it didn't move about, and having the ability to sip the water whenever I needed it revolutionised the run for me.
I put in a respectable time and more importantly felt I'd run the race well. Being overtaken by about a hundred runners over the first three miles can be demoralising, but I have learnt that if I can hold my nerve and not get sucked into trying to keep up, and maintain a steady pace for the first four miles, I've then got plenty of energy left to pick up my pace from mile four and then I'm the one doing the overtaking. For me it's important to finish strong.
This morning, Pop and I went out for a 6 mile run round the lanes near home. Ted did the first three but complains about doing any more mileage on the lanes so we dropped him home, bribed with squid chews not to bark, and did the last three just the two of us. That went well. I am steadily upping my mileage week on week now in prep for the Half next month.
I also did an hours' yoga class this afternoon and have another 3 miles to run later as we're leaflet dropping round a local village for a race we're involved with organising, so I definitely feel I'm getting plenty of exercise at the moment!
With Parkrun on Saturday and another 10k race on Sunday, my weekly mileage for this week should end up being around 21 miles, which I think is about right at this stage of training.
Anyhoo, that's about it from here for now. Hope you're all well.