It’s been a tough few months for me for various reasons but it’s time for me to get back in the game before I forget how to race. So this weekend (12.12.15) I’m zipping up my man suit and toeing the line at the North East Cross Country Championships.
Anyone who knows me knows I don’t hide my lack of love for cross country. I definitely have a love hate relationship with it. I don’t like hills, mud or grass. Yes, it’s mainly because I don’t run as well on them as I do on the roads. But I know I need to do it to help me improve as an athlete.
Training hasn’t gone to plan and I’ve only raced once since Berlin. I’ve had a lot of things going on behind the scenes which has meant that at times training has had to take a back seat and emotional stress has been very high. But I’ve now managed to put a couple of weeks of decent training together and starting to feel the benefits of it. I’m nowhere near fully fit but I don’t really need to be – April 24th is when I need to be at my fittest.
I always get nervous for races but in a strange way I’m looking forward to it. I love racing, the buzz of running fast and the energy you get from the supporters. Especially up here in the North East. I may be biased but I think we have one of the best running communities in the world. There’s not many xc leagues where you can regularly race against internationals and even Olympians.
On the other hand though, I’m actually quite scared about the race. Racing after a prolonged absence and when you are not sure what shape you are in can be quite daunting. But I’ve got to start somewhere otherwise the ‘next race’ may never come. At the end of the day I’ll go out into the mud of Sedgefield knowing that the race has a purpose in my bigger plan. Win or lose, as long as I put in a strong performance it will have served its purpose and will kickstart me on my way to the Virgin Money London Marathon and, fingers crossed, ultimately Rio!
I hope everyone is enjoying their training and this horrible weather isn’t blowing them away. Winter training is always tough but you just have to keep focussing on your end goal and remember that we only have a couple more weeks before the nights start to get lighter again!
Congratulations to Aly on her superb run at the weekend in very challenging conditions from all at Sunderland City 10k