Tomorrow, Tomorrow…

Well, one year on, and once again I’m doing the British 10K.

This year I’m running in aid of the Wildlife Aid Foundation and you can check out my Just Giving page here. It’ll tell you all about my run and why I’ve chosen to support this charity.

Last year I was extremely nervous about running this race, as I’d never done a 10K before and I wasn’t too sure if I’d make it. You can read the post I wrote about my first 10K here, and the post I wrote after completing it here.

I’m not kidding myself, I know I’m not the best athlete in the world. I’m realistic about how fast I can run and what my abilities are. In hindsight, I’m really proud of how far I’ve come. About 1½ years ago I could hardly run for 3 minutes without having to walk. Now I can comfortably run 4 or 5 miles without having to walk. So, logically, I know I’ll have no problem with the race tomorrow.

What am I nervous about? Running in a fox suit. I’ve never run in any type of suit before, so I have no idea how tomorrow’s going to go. My strategy is that I’ll just take it as it comes. I’m just hoping it’s not going to be too hot, otherwise I’ll really suffer. Also, if it gets a bit much, I’ll just walk. I know this sounds like a bit of a “cop-out”, but I’m doing this for charity and at the end of the day, it’s just about finishing. I’m hoping to complete the run in about 1½ hours, but if it takes me a little longer, I’m not going to worry about it too much.

Well, when you’re still cosy and in bed at 9:35am tomorrow morning, please spare a thought for little ole me pounding the streets of London in a fox suit! 🙂

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British 10K….Again!

I’ve recently signed up to do the British 10K again this year. It’s on the 8th of July, so I have just under 3 months to train for it. Eeeeek!! I’m determined to be more prepared for it this year, so I’ve really got to get myself in gear…..

I’ve sort of got an exercise plan for the next 8 weeks. Here it is:

 

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thur

Fri

Sat

Sun

Week 1

Rest Day

2 miles easy

30 minstempo

Rest Day

30 mins easy

Rest Day

3 miles

Week 2

Rest Day

2 miles easy

30 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins easy

Rest Day

5 miles

Week 3

Rest Day

3 miles easy

30 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins easy

Rest Day

6 miles

Week 4

Rest Day

3 miles easy

40 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins speed

Rest Day

7 miles

Week 5

Rest Day

2 miles easy

40 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins speed

Rest Day

8 miles

Week 6

Rest Day

2 miles easy

50 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins speed

Rest Day

8 miles

Week 7

Rest Day

3 miles easy

50 mins tempo

Rest Day

30 mins speed

Rest Day

6 miles

Week 8

Rest Day

3 miles easy

5k race or pace run

Rest Day

3 miles easy

Rest Day

10k RACE

** Tempo Running is a fast, continuous run in the middle of a long/mid distance run. It helps to prepare your body for faster, longer runs as well as adapting your body to deal with lactate levels.

I really want to stick to this routine. It seems simple enough and I can plan it around my work schedule. Perhaps you guys have further advice or training tips to add? I’d love to hear from you all!

The other thing I’ll have to prepare for, is that I’ll be running the 10K in a fox suit. I’m raising money for The Wildlife Aid Foundation, so really wanted to make an impression. I won’t be wearing a mascot suit or anything like that, but it will definitely be some kind of suit. I also want to be prepared for running with some extra weight. Have any of you tried this before?

Well, here’s a look at my Just Giving page if you want some more info on my run….

https://www.justgiving.com/see-foxy-run

Well, now the training starts! Here’s a picture of me after I finished the race last year….

At the end of my first ever 10K in 2011......

I really want to do you all & myself proud, so I’m going to give it my all!

xxx

** Exercise plan courtesy of therunningbug.co.uk