Well, we are underway, and it was a fantastic start to the 2017 Brathay 10in10 this morning. The sun was shining, the location stunning, the runners were ready, prepared and enthusiastic, and supporters were out in numbers to wish them well at the start. After months of preparation and fundraising…
Last time I wrote, it was only a week until the start of the 2017 Brathay 10in10 and I found myself in a bit of a tough place both physically and mentally. Now, less than 24 hours before it all begins, I can better reflect on how I’m feeling ahead of the big day(s).
It’s almost time. The serious training is done. The last fundraising event is coming up in a couple of days. My kit (enough for a month-long expedition!) is washed and sorted, if not quite packed yet. And I’ve just a few days left at work. After a journey that has taken nearly a year it’s now only seven days until the start of the 2017 Brathay 10in10. And I feel terrible…
Rotterdam marathon 2017 – race day
Marathon morning began bright and warm, with it forecast to be the warmest day of the year so far – not ideal conditions for chasing a sub-3 hour marathon. But then you can’t change the weather, only adapt to it. So, we made the short journey on the Metro from our hotel to the start area outside Rotterdam’s Stadhuis (town hall) with plenty of fluids and sun-cream.
Rotterdam marathon 2017 – targets and preparation.
We all have our goals in running (and in life). Some are the short-term targets we set ourselves for the season ahead and others are more aspirational, helping us to focus our efforts on achieving a significant milestone. For the last two years I’ve had a very simple(!) running goal. To run a sub-3 hour marathon. On 9 April 2017, I travelled to Rotterdam in an attempt to join the sub-3 hour club.
Marathon training is definitely not a sprint, it’s more of a…well…er…a marathon, I suppose. Over a typical 12 week training period the average runner will experience many highs and lows. Last time I wrote about the ups and downs in my own motivation levels as I train for the Brathay 10in10 in May. Now it’s time to consider that age old battle between the runner’s head and their heart.
Sometimes marathon training can be a joy; other times its a chore. Here I reflect on my current motivation levels and what I need to do to push through the running doldrums. But don’t worry, it’s not all bad news!
Following the spectacular and successful launch of Hull’s year as UK City of Culture, I was inspired to take a closer look at the Hull 2017 programme and to commit to experiencing the widest possible range of events – be it art, history, music or the downright strange. The organisers…
The question I’ve been asked most about running the 10in10 (apart from ‘why?’) is, ‘How do you train for something like that?’. It’s a great question, and it seems there is no simple answer. As the 10in10 is so different from anything else I’ve attempted, I have been keen to test myself by running marathons over multiple days and incorporating more hills into my training. The last ten days have provided the opportunity to test both of these elements out. I have run my first fell race, and then completed 3 marathons in 3 days.
It’s been a funny couple of weeks with a mixed bag of training, racing and injury coming amid plenty of non-running distractions, all making this a pick ‘n mix of an update! First things first, however. Yes, it really is just 100 days until the start of the Brathay 10in10.