As per Andy’s training plan, Sunday’s run was to be the last training run before the big race on Thursday. He suggested that I run a 5km run and then wait until raceday to run again. So I carefully planned out a new route around my house, using my favourite roads and extending them a little. I was nervous and excited all week waiting for run day!
After I had watched the Belgian Grand Prix and posted my usual Fantasy Racers post on my F1 blog, it was crunch time. After a bit of messing about with my gear because it was raining, I finally set off. Surprisingly, I felt really good and kept a good rhythm going. Because it was a new route and because I don’t really know the roads around where I live, I was following blindly the street names in the hope that I was going the right way. But as I rounded a corner I was at the gas station, which was unexpected… I kept on running and didn’t care much for it as I knew where I was and followed the rest of the planned course.
The pain in my back has gone (apparently caused by my office chair, which has been adjusted 😉 ) and the calf pain is much less now – I still get pins and needles in my feet but this is all manageable. Anyway, I had to stop at the lights to wait for my time to cross, so I used this time to stretch, which did wonders.
So I ran and ran for what seemed like a while – when I got home I discovered I had been running for an hour! This surprised me, because I was going at a decent speed but had not set the time I had expected for 5km (I was hoping for 45 minutes)… But I felt good and relatively pain-free.
So I got inside and told my wife where I had run, and she didn’t say much, but I was puzzled by my unfamiliarity with the route and apparent slow time so I checked Google Maps again.
Then it became obvious – because of a wonky street sign I had turned the wrong way at an intersection of a road I planned to run down! The effect of this was that I doubled back on myself, coming out at the petrol station and effectively adding another block to the run! When I tallied up the distance, I had run SEVEN KILOMETRES!
I was in shock – it all became clear and made perfect sense now – I did run about 45 minutes for the 5km, just by accident I had run another 2km! I was speechless, but very happy with myself because 3 weeks ago I could not even run around the block!
So now I am SO READY for the DHL run on Thursday – I really feel like I can do it! This week, Andy has handed out the team shirts (and because XL is available in Dark blue and the other sizes in light blue, I get the special shirt 😉 ) and the starting numbers – I am last in my team which means I get to finish the race! That sounds really cool, I just hope there’s some beers and steaks left over by the time I finish 😉
Wish me luck on Thursday, if you are near Fælledparken in Copenhagen around 7:30-8pm come and support me – it’s going to be a lot of fun 😀