For those that aren’t familiar with my recent blogs, I’m taking part in the multi-terrain coastal Grizzly run in March. I started my training after Christmas by doing a few gentle jogs and now I’ve steadily increased my distance to a 15 mile run which I completed – just! on Saturday (20th) January.
I woke up on Saturday morning and indulged (if you can call it that!) in a bowl of porridge mixed with coconut oil and raspberries, a breakfast recommended to marathon runners. And to be honest after I consumed a massive amount of this ‘breakfast’ for the marathon race I did last May, just looking at porridge makes me feel queasy.
With my drinking bottle in hand and trainers on, my boyfriend and I set off. I was going out for dinner that night to celebrate my sister’s birthday, and the thought of a well deserved high carb dinner would help me through this Saturday run.
I wanted to include as many hills as possible to prepare myself for the race. The snow didn’t help and there were many occasions where I’d fall on my back, dust myself off and would then carry on.
At 8 miles I experienced my first ‘struggle’. We were going through Harcombe which is close to our Paccombe Farm and as we reached a steep incline I stopped. My legs were aching and heavy, I was frustrated with myself for stopping, but the near vertical hill was putting me off. As if on cue I heard the bray of a donkey. I couldn’t believe it, the timing was perfect and I found myself overtaking my boyfriend and beating him to the top, grinning and smiling to myself.
At 14 miles I was running on adrenaline, but that soon changed. The last leg of our route bought us to a picturesque field covered with snow. I could hear children laughing and enjoying sledging down the white covered field. Running in the snow is tough; it’s just as hard as running in sand. You feel as though you’re running three steps forward and going five steps back. At this point my legs were near to being dragged and my ankles were knocking each other, which is what happens when I’m tired. I felt faint and sick, and went pale, my boyfriend suggested we walk and he put his hat and gloves on me because I was shivering, not with the cold but with my fallen blood sugar levels. I’ve suffered with this is the past and it takes a while for me to feel well again. We walked for a bit longer, but I just wanted to get home, so still feeling unwell and with our house in sight we ran back. I just about had the energy to stretch off whilst drinking a cold drink to get my sugar levels back to normal.
I have one more ‘big run’ to do before the race which is 18 miles, and on this one I’m going to replace my water drink with a squash high in sugar and will fill my pockets with sugary sweets. I enjoy the training once I’ve finished a run, but part of me will be happy when the run is over, just so I don’t have to eat any more porridge!
Thank you to everyone who’s been so supportive to me. My sponsoring is going really well and I’ve nearly reached my target! Please visit http://www.justgiving.com/Nicola-Russell2 to sponsor me, I’m raising as much funds as I can to help prevent cruelty to donkeys.
Please keep visiting my blog where I’ll be keeping you updated on my progress.
Please click on the video link below to see some of the 15 mile training!