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Mo Running (2018) Race.

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As with most of my races, I love posting about them on the blog so today’s blog is about my most recent race with Mo Running that took place at Stormont in Belfast. 

If you read my post about the Mo Running race last month, you’ll know that I kindly got asked to take part to cover it on the blog. Having done it two years ago, I was thrilled to be asked again because running posts are one of my favourites to write about. This time however, I decided to go for the 10K rather than the 5K, because I had been used to 10K distances. 

Scott and I were doing the race together which is always lovely to have someone with you while racing, so we were training in the gym as well as getting out on the odd run together. In the middle of October however, I acquired an injury in my foot when I went on a longer distance run. I was so proud of the run but it came with consequences. My foot was really painful to walk on for weeks and we narrowed it down to my trainers being past their “best before” date and it was impacting my foot. Unfortunately, I was out from running for over a month and with a 10K coming up, I was worried about the lack of training. There was clearly nothing I could do about it and thankfully Scott was very nice and bought me new trainers for when I was able to run. We continued to go to the gym though, so I wasn’t completely out, but walking was pretty painful. 

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The day before the race was wanted to see where we would be running; Scott has ran up and down Stormont many times but I have only ever walked it. We thought it would be a great idea to go to the Stormont parkrun on the Saturday morning to see where part of the route would take us. I didn’t expect it to be quite a trail run, because I’ve never done anything like that before so it was a new experience for me. I really loved that particular parkrun and even though it’s a little further than our local one, we’re hoping to keep it up for a while. This run on the Saturday morning was the first time I had ran in over a month and while it might seem odd to run the day before, I wasn’t willing to go into a 10K race without having run beforehand.  

Before the race, I posted on my Instagram stories that we made the decision to change from the 10K to the 5K. This was because my foot started to play up again and I had hurt my hip from the run the day before. We think my hip acted up because it was my right foot that was sore so the left hip was taking the impact from that. These things happen of course to every runner but I was very disappointed having to go down to the lower distance. I’ve learned since becoming a runner that your health and body comes before your pride, always!

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The day itself was really fantastic, there was a good turnout despite the cold weather and there was a great atmosphere. Three races were taking place on the day; the Mini, 5K and the 10K. The mini one happened at around 9:30am, 5K at 10:00am and 10K at around 10:10am. It was quite accessible for the get-go, the grass was pretty wet so I was worried about slipping down the hill to registration but it was grand. We were able to change over the distance very easily and I was so glad that it wasn’t a hassle for the team because I would have felt terrible.  

My foot and hip was getting worse towards the start of the race and I was starting to think would I not be able to run but I told myself I didn’t have a choice in the matter. Ten seconds after we start, my shoe lace becomes undone and I thought “is this what’s to come?” It didn’t hold me back too much but it was a little annoying because we had JUST started. We had to run up part of Stormont hill and I didn’t find it too challenging, it was more about taking smaller steps like Scott has told me but I eventually got into the rhythm of the smaller steps.

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Having grown up in Dundonald, I didn’t live too far from Stormont Park but I had never been through the trails around it. I don’t know why but I soon discovered that there were hills longer and steeper than the one up to Parliament Buildings. It was then when I was thankfully that we changed to the 5K because if I had have known we had to run up them again, I would have cried. Lack of training is a huge factor in this but it also give me the momentum to start running through more trail areas rather on my regular clear paths. Of course, being around the Autumn season with the wet weather and the leaves being on the ground, it’s important to keep a look out on the ground at all times because a fall can be too common without even realising it. 

For the rest of the run, I generally felt okay. My hips weren’t giving me much bother and I was really surprised by it. My foot was still quite sore but when you’re putting weight on it, it’s not that big of a surprise. What I was really surprised about what the variety in the route; we had the long clear hill at the beginning, the twisty trails in the middle and then we were able to run down the hill at the end. It was quite different to the route we had ran the previous day but I still really enjoyed it. I was exhausted by the end but I know that that was the lack of training that I wasn’t able to control. 

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I finished with a time of 37:07 which is in no way my best time, far from it in fact but I’ve had a massive mindset change when it comes to judging myself with timings. I was still injured and I still ran, and that’s the most important thing to me at the end of the day. I know I’m capable of being faster and I do plan to be at some point.  

I had such a great time and thank you so much to the Mo Running team for inviting me along to take part along with Scott, we can’t wait to do it next year (and actually do the 10K this time!) Thank you for reading today’s post, I really do appreciate it! 

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Run for Movember with MoRunning (2018).

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You all know that I love a good running race so when MoRunning got in contact with me to tell me about their upcoming race in Belfast towards the end of November, I was over the moon to be involved so let me tell you all about the charity itself, the race and all the details you need. (Disclaimer: I have been given the race entry as part of my coverage for the event but I have donated money to the charity regardless of this and as always, opinions are one hundred percent my own.) 

Before I get into the race itself, I want to tell you more about the charity if you’ve never heard of them before. We’ve all heard of Movember where many men around the globe don’t shave for the month of November to raise awareness for the unfortunate diseases and cancers that men can be diagnosed with. It’s a fabulous initiative that is growing year on year and it’s great to see it getting more media coverage. MoRunning raise money alongside their charity partner, the Movember Foundation who have three main priorities they are working towards; prostate cancer, testicular cancer alongside mental health and suicide prevention. I’ll leave you with a link to the Movember Foundation UK website if you’d like to find out more about what they do. 

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For those who have been a long reader of the blog, you’ll know that I took part in the race two years ago when it was at Ormeau Park. I wrote about taking part pre-race (which I’ll link here) but I never wrote about it afterwards which is a shame because it would be great to do a comparison for this year. However, they do have a past results page and I found my time from then; my chip time was 39:08 and my finish time was 39:25. That year, I took part in the 5K and considering I only started seriously running last Summer, I remember 5K was quite a struggle for me so a 10K would not have been an option for me. 

This year I’ll be taking part in the 10K race and with the addition of another 10K race at the beginning of November, it’ll be a great note to start AND end the month on. This race will be different for me from a route perspective; it’s something I have worried about doing hence never doing it, but I have never ran up a hill like Stormont. If you’re unfamiliar with Stormont, it starts as a mile-long hill (if you go from the bottom right to the top of the steps of Parliament Buildings) but it’s a gradual incline that doesn’t look too bad until you are on it. There is a regular parkrun at Stormont every week but the thought of the hill put me off the notion of ever doing it. I would say this will be the biggest challenge for me but it’s always good to challenge yourself, isn’t it? I can’t expect to run on flat surfaces for the rest of my life so I know at the time, it will probably be tough but long term, it will be worth it. 

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As you can see from the route, this is the route for the 5K and the 10K route. The 10K route is simply two laps of the 5K so easy enough to work out. Now thankfully, we’re not running up the entirety of the hill but it’s a good chunk. One of the biggest mistakes I normally make that Scott tries to drill out of me is taking it slow up the hills. Sounds simple doesn’t it? It’s incredibly simple but when you’re on a hill and especially if you’re a new runner like me, it can be hard to track your pace when you’re not on a flat.  

Now for the information on the race taking place. It’s happening on Sunday 25th November on the Stormont Hill with the first race leaving at 9:30am. There are three races within the event; the Mini Mo Run for all the children who want to take part is 1.5K, that begins at 9:30am. The 5K starts at 10am and the 10K starts at 10:10am. There’s a fun warm up planned and even a fancy dress competition so it’s not your ordinary race. In terms of parking, there is parking available at the event up at the main Parliament Buildings but it is very limited so it’s ideal to turn up early in case you need to find somewhere else (but it’s common to be early for a race regardless). Race packs will be collected from the starting line so another reason to be there a little early and registration closes at 9:45am. MoRunning have a fantastic page with all your queries on it (which I’ll link here) if you need any more information. 

Finally, MoRunning have kindly given me a discount code for anyone interested in taking part, so enter “MR18_BlogBelfast” on the website and you’ll get 10% off your running price. Another disclaimer: I don’t get any money from this code, it’s simply a way for you to get a little money off for the race. If you want to follow along with the MoRunning journey, make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram too.

Let me know if you’re planning on taking part in the race this November and I’ll be back in December to show off my special medal and to let you know how it all went. Thank you so much for reading, I really appreciate it. (All photographs used in today’s post are credited to MoRunning.)

Is Tracking Every Single Run Important?

As a runner, I’m always looking to progress with my personal bests, whether that is in time or in distance but what happens when it starts to consume you. How important is your timing when you run and should we always be tracking our runs? That’s what I’ll be discussing in today’s post. 

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Before I begin, I have to say I am all for looking at your times during and after your run. I wrote a post recently about “Why I’m No Long Counting My Steps” and if you read that post, you’ll know that not hitting my steps made me feel bad about myself despite the fact that I am an active person, but not hitting those steps put a dampener on that. That started to happen when I started tracking my runs too but because I wanted to progress, I knew that I couldn’t simply stop tracking them. 

When I first started running, I was very focused on simply running because I didn’t have a lot of experience with before and it wasn’t as easy as “just running”. It took a lot of mental and physical energy out of me, much more than I was ever expecting so I was happy enough for a while pushing myself. Once I realised that I could run 5K, that’s when I started to look at the numbers more in depth. If I didn’t get to the same time as last time, and if I wasn’t faster, I became disappointed despite feeling like it was a great run. I became obsessed with being better and while I believe it is important to do better yourself, I think you know yourself when you’ve pushed it too far. 

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When I didn’t get a “good time” by my own standards, I started to doubt whether I was a good runner. I wrote a post a few months ago about “Becoming Comfortable With Calling Myself A Runner” and it’s exactly what it says on the tin. I had a big problem with timing and I started to doubt whether I was a runner, if I was getting these “low standards” times and often, it was really hard to deal with. It even made me not want to run because I was scared that I would get another “bad” time, and if I was doing that, then what was the point in running? I’m very competitive with myself and it was so foreign to me just to run with no expectations. I kept asking myself what would that achieve? 

What does your time matter? 

If you’re preparing for a race or you’re hoping to become faster or run further, then one hundred percent I believe you should track your run. Depending on what equipment and application you use, you’ll be able to see your splits and how your body reacted to going up on incline or speeding up down a hill, to name a few examples. Those will be very good lessons on learning how to deal with pacing in the future; I often find that I go up hills too fast and over time with the help of my boyfriend, I’ve learned that going slower up hills may not be ideal for time but my body can cope with running longer if I have gone slower during the hard part. 

When does your time not matter? 

Your time doesn’t matter if you’re just running to run. Simple as, if you’re using it as another form of exercise or you’re looking for something to get you outside, then I really don’t believe time should be your biggest worry. 

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(For reference, I use Strava for my running. It’s great with working out my splits and I find it to be accurate most of the time. Ever since I downloaded the app almost a year ago, it’s only not connected up twice which was frustrating at the time, but for a free app, it’s not too bad. You can get a premium version too, it comes with some great features though.) 

Running has become a very lovable hobby and I can see why many runners say it is a love hate relationship; you love it when it’s over but during it when you feel like you mentally can’t go on, you hate it. It’s something that does get easier thankfully but we still have our bad days as well as our good days.  

Looking back at how I used to think shows me how far I have come in terms of my mindset because no matter what time you get, you are still a runner and you shouldn’t be discouraged by your time. It still happens to me and you’ll probably find it happens to every runner, I find that it doesn’t affect me as much as when I first began. 

Thank you so much for reading today’s post. I’d be really interested in hearing from other runners if they have been through this dilemma before and how they have worked through it so if you have any links, send them through to me over on my Twitter or my Instagram. 

Larne 10K Race (2018).

Another day, another race write-up. Today’s post is all about the Larne 10K which took place on Saturday 8th September 2018. 

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I was much more nervous about this event than the previous Laganside race; simply because I didn’t know the course. In all fairness, I didn’t even know Larne so seeing the route, I wasn’t too sure if there were any hills or how it would look when I was there. However, because my previous race had gone so well, I wasn’t too worried about not being able to run as well as I had done then. That was until I went out on a run a few days before the race… 

My training had been downhill this particular week. I had planned a 6.5K run mid-way through the week but I only managed to run 2K before giving up. I know that now I can look back and reflect to tell myself that a run is better than no run, but when you are training for a race, it’s very hard to tell yourself that. The build-up to the race had had a dampener put on it because of this. 

It was quite a nice race to attend for a number of different reasons; we got to head up on the train to somewhere I had never explored before. Being so used to getting the bus, I do love the train sometimes. I was also excited to run another 10K because even though my training hadn’t been the greatest lately, I wasn’t letting myself down in terms of times so I was happy to improve that and possibly add more routes to my belt too. 

The route started off with my favourite method, downhill! This can cause some trouble especially if you feel like you’re going too fast at the beginning but I had Scott to keep me right and I asked him a few times and he said I was going fine. We then went through the town centre and there were tons of supporters from consumers to even some shop owners, which I thought was really nice. Once we got out of the town, we headed down to the coast and I never realised how pretty it is there and it’s one of the main reasons I would love to head back again. At around this point on the first lap, Scott started to get a pain in his calf so he told me to run on. It turns out that I might have went too fast because he said as soon as I left, I passed quite a few people so I probably got too excited. I then turned a corner and seen a hill, and it wasn’t just any hill, it was quite a steep hill. I wouldn’t have been so annoyed but Scott had told me it was a flat course from what he thought. Part of me thought that he pulled back from me because he knew how annoyed I would be, but it turns out, he did actually hurt his calf. I was able to run up the hill almost to the three quarter point, but it was a slow run. The second time going up the hill was really a run-walk-run because it had exhausted me.  

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I started to tire out at the 5K mark and I felt really disappointed in myself. I had to stop more in the second lap to walk and while it wasn’t all the time, it was more than two or three times. I try and not walk in a race but I think it’s something I need to come to terms with that I will do it at some point. At the mid-way mark, I was convinced that I was going to get a bad time, I didn’t think I would get close to my best time, especially with the hill. I wasn’t aiming for a personal best, I never do but I was disappointed that I felt like I had done so badly. As with any race, I seen the finishing line but it was a while before I could really power through so I was about 100m away and I bolted. I had loaded up my Strava before the finish so I could click the stop button as soon as I was done. When I crossed the line, I looked at my Strava and it said 01:06:23 and I was in shock. I would have expected one hour and ten minutes so I was over the moon because I really pushed for it. As it turns out, it’s my second best 10K time which made the experience even better. 

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I would one hundred percent compete in this race again; it was such a fantastic atmosphere and it was pretty rare that you didn’t have someone shouting support, which was really nice especially when you were struggling. I’m glad that I know about the hill now because I think my pacing would be better the second time around; I know now where to push and where to pull back. It was very well organised race too, and it was clear from the get-go that it was. The starting and finishing line were very apparent, it started pretty dead-on time too and there was a great turn out.  

Thank you so much for reading today’s post! I know that race write-ups aren’t everyone’s cup of tea and that’s perfectly fine but I like that I now have a written history of each one to let me know how I’m progressing each and every time.  

Laganside 10K Race (2018).

Running has become a huge part of my life so it’s always a joy to write about my recent races. Today is no different as I write up about the Laganside 10K that took place at Ormeau Park on Sunday 2nd September.

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(The only reason we look so fresh is because this was taken before the race.)
I have attended the Laganside 10K twice so far; last year as a supporter for Scott and this year as a runner myself. It was quite nice to take part this time because it always seemed like a nice course but I never took advantage of how runner friendly it was, until now. The Ormeau Embankment is one of my favourite routes to cycle on, simply because it’s a nice route, it’s by the water and it is very cycle friendly with enough room for walkers, runners and cyclists. Some towpaths can get very narrow but this one ticks most of the boxes for me.

In terms of training I had done leading up to the run, that was still ongoing from the Connswater 10K (which I decided not to write about this time around because I had so many issues with it, that it simply wasn’t worth it) which was only a few weeks ago so my training just continued. I was only averaging one run a week which wasn’t ideal but it was still something and because I was pushing myself on each run, that’s why I didn’t feel terrible for not getting out more.

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(I was a little worried that people were going to think that the “Michael Scott’s Dunder-Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Fun Run Race For The Cure” was a real charity. I hope some people got the reference.)
For the first time possibly ever, I wasn’t nervous about the race. Part of me believes that I wasn’t nervous because I knew the route; I hadn’t ran it before this, but because I already knew exactly where I was going to go, I didn’t face that challenge. It was a really nice feeling because I’m not too fond of the butterflies before a race. I only had one objective for this race and it was to beat my Titanic Quarter time of 01:07:35 because it’s a really good bench mark in order for me to improve.

If you know Belfast City Centre, you’ll know exactly where this route is. You start in Ormeau Park, coming down onto the Ravenhill Road, down towards Lanyon Place train station and onto the short cut of the Ormeau Embankment, turning on the bridge on the Ormeau Road and back down the other side of the embankment. The only difference on the second lap is that you enter Ormeau Park at the very end rather than at the start again. On the course, you really only have two hills to go up and one of them is barely a hill so it’s been the easiest course for me.

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(We stayed close to the back at the start of the race rather than being bunched up in the crowd.)
Scott and I ran together again which is always quite nice, considering he started me off with my running. I use him as my pacer so he often tells me when I’m going too fast and to slow it down a little. I still view myself as a beginner runner so I’m not too sure when I am going at the right pace so it’s nice to have someone pull me back. Unfortunately, this time I wasn’t really picking up the signals and I was going faster than I should have been. It wasn’t until after the race that Scott told me that I was going too fast but he didn’t want to hold me back especially if I felt comfortable. I think you just get caught up in it with all the other runners so you start off going faster because you feel the need to catch up with everyone else. Scott let me run on at around the two-mile mark and I always feel bad when he tells me to run on but he started to get a stitch so the best thing for those are to just slow down.

I felt comfortable for the majority of the race and I seemed to run with the same people throughout it as well which was nice because you almost felt like they were your pacers. I didn’t hit a mental block until around 8K and for most of my 10K’s recently, that seems to be the marker for me. I’m not completely sure why but I still kept going and had to whisper to myself that “I could do this” and it did work. (The magic of words, eh?) Of course, when I seen that finishing line, I bolted and I must have passed about ten people at that point. I seem to get this block of energy out of nowhere and my legs just pick up.

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(The map of the route as shown by my Strava.)
My time for this race from my Strava was 01:07:36 but the chip time was 01:07:34, one second faster than my Titanic Quarter 10K, so I did get a better time, but by one second! I was completely over the moon with my time because I pushed myself and surprisingly I didn’t stop to walk at all in this race. For the last couple of races, I have had to stop and walk which there is nothing wrong with but it’s always an aim of mine for any 5K or 10K, not to stop. I know when I start to train for longer distances, I will have to stop for a break but that’s nothing that I worry about because I know it’s completely natural based on how you feel that day and more importantly, if your body is coping with the distance.

This particular race has been one of my favourites and I would one hundred percent, sign up again next year. It was capped at 1,500 people and it was such a well organised event so I really can’t praise it enough.

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(Here we are with our medals!)

Thank you so much for reading today’s post, I love writing these post-run write ups after a race that I have enjoyed, because you give yourself time to reflect and how you can improve next time.

My First Year of Running.

Running has been in my life for a little over a year now so I thought now was the perfect time tot to talk about my journey so far; what I have learned and what my goals for the next year are. 

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I started running in the Summer of 2017 because it was something I had always wanted to get better at. I was already so focused on the gym but I wanted to progress my fitness further. It helped that my boyfriend loved running and he wanted a running partner that he could coach, so it was a win for both of us. I’m very lucky that my blog has grown into a haven of lifestyle, mental health and running so I have blogged about my various races, my longer distances and the lows that I first experienced, all which will be listed below. 

Training for a 5K Race: An Introduction and My First Run. 
Training for a 5K Race: Running and Negative Mental Health. 
Training for a 5K Race: The Lone Run. 
Training for a 5K Race: My First (Unofficial) Park Run. 
Training for a 5K Race: Last Minute Training!
Training for a 5K Race: Race Day! 
Training for a 5K Race: What happened after? 
Training for a 10K Race: Yes, 10K! 
Training for a 10K Race: Starting Out With Longer Distances.
Training for a 10K Race: Wait, again? 
Becoming Comfortable With Calling Myself A Runner. 
Training for a 10K Race: Three Loops and One Long Run.
Training for a 10K Race: One Last Check In. 
Titanic Quarter 10K (2018) Race Day! 
Lisburn 10K and Half Marathon (2018) 
Not Eating Enough Before A Race. 

I have a much healthier relationship with running than when I first started out which is fantastic but there were a few weeks where I wanted to quit because I wasn’t sure if I could handle being anxious on something that was becoming a hobby. Thankfully that calmed down a lot over the year and I’ve continued running for the majority of time. During the colder winter months, it was definitely hard to go out for a run and especially after work when all you want to do is have your dinner and go to bed. I managed to pick up a good running routine during the Spring and Summer months of this year however. 

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While only taking part in seven races over the year, four being 5K’s and three being 10K’s, the majority have been enjoyable experiences and I’m glad to say that I am less anxious in crowds now and I don’t tend to compare myself to other runners as much as I used to. 

In terms of timings, I have progressed majorly which I’m so proud of. I have brought my 5K personal best time down from 44:48 to 30:02, an incredible 14 minutes difference and my 10K personal best time down from 01:12:00 to 01:04:18, another amazing achievement for me. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not hitting those times every time but right now, I’m not concentrating on time surprisingly. I’m still tracking every run and I do look at the time and while it might be slower than I’m used to, I’m trying to use every opportunity as training and getting back into a routine rather than trying to hit a personal best every time. I would exhaust myself sometimes on a run and I would finish it to see that my time had been slower than before, it was really taking the fun out of it. That’s why I’ve taken a step back from looking at the time so much but it’s still important, just not as important. 

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I don’t like planning too far ahead for my running goals mainly because I like to see where my running will take me but I know it’s important to keep striving for something. I would like to start training for a half marathon; I’m not sure when exactly I’ll take part in my first one but I know I would love to take part in next year’s Belfast City Half Marathon which is next September. Yes, I’ve given myself an entire year to prepare for that one, but it’s more achievable that way. I believe I am physically able to take on the challenge but mentally is another story when it comes to running, so that’s what I need to work on. I have one more 10K race coming up soon which I’m preparing for but once that is done and dusted, I’m planning on going further in my distance training. The furthest I have ran is 14K and I completed that in just over an hour and a half so I know I can run further, I need to put it into action now. 

I would like to get my 5K time down to 28 minutes or as close as I can. Considering I knocked 14 minutes off my time over this first year, you would think that would be easy as pie but it’ll be a lot harder than you think. I do push myself a considerable amount on those personal bests but Scott has suggested I start doing sprint sessions to help me with my speed and stamina. I have to say I’m clueless when it comes to this so once we get the upcoming 10K over us, I’ll be getting him on board to help me with this.

I’m really excited for what the next year of running will bring and I can’t wait to share it both on the blog and through my Instagram too. Thank you so much for reading today’s post and if you have any running blog posts, please send them through to me because they are some of my favourite posts to read.  

Not Eating Enough Before A Race.

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We all have our different opinions on how we like to train; some prefer a fasted run, others can’t train without having something in their stomach. For me, I thought I had eaten enough before a race but today’s post is all about my experience when I realised I hadn’t.

In the middle of June, I took part in the Lisburn 10K race which I recently posted about and I was so incredibly happy with the experience because I got a personal best. However, what I didn’t write about was what happened an hour or two later because I thought it deserved a post of it’s own.

This had been my first evening race and because it was in Lisburn, it wasn’t a case of being able to go home for dinner first so I thought I had planned out my food quite well for that day. I had my bagel and smoothie as normal for breakfast, my lunch was a Thai curry that Scott had made me the day before and I grabbed a snack at around 3:30pm. I certainly wasn’t hungry so I thought I was okay and I didn’t get hungry until after the race.

We got the train home from Lisburn and while I was tired, I was fine. We jumped on the bus from town to where we live and I started to feel iffy on the bus but I wasn’t sure why. I had eaten some dark chocolate on the way home to have some sugar in my system (The bars they were handing out at the finishing line weren’t gluten free) so I didn’t think food had anything to do with it. My body could have been in shock because I pushed it very hard or because our bus driver was driving fast, that could have set me off.

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Our bus took less than ten minutes to get from the city centre to where we were getting off and I started to feel slightly worse. I couldn’t feel my fingers and my legs became tingly; as soon as we came off the bus, I had to go and sit at the bus stop and the tingling got worse. I couldn’t stand up, I couldn’t feel Scott’s hand and my head felt very fuzzy. I had no idea what was happening and that’s when Scott asked me what I had had to eat that day, so I told him and he said I hadn’t eaten enough and my body had used up almost all my energy running that my body was going into shock.

I went from being hungry on the train home to not wanting to touch anything. Once we got back to Scott’s house, he lay me down and got me to drink diluted juice and asked me to eat a Nakd bar. I had one bite of the bar and thought I was going to throw up (I love them any other time!) I could stomach the juice but it was about ten more minutes before the tingling feeling went away. I had never experienced anything like that before in terms of running so I started to panic thinking “was it going happen again?” Scott told me it’s happened to him before and I had no reason to panic but to make sure I eat enough next time.

While it was a scary experience, it’s definitely made me more aware of my food intake before any type of training. If I train in the morning, I’m normally fine fasting but if it’s anything in the afternoon or in the evening, I know that I need to leave around two hours for my food to settle. I possibly should have had a very early dinner at 4pm instead so while the race started at 7pm, it would still be sitting in my stomach.

I’m interested in any tips that anyone has that could help me in the future (apart from eating more, of course) or if you have any experiences around this subject that you think would be useful, please let me know. Thank you so much for reading!