This week has flown! It has been a heavy week of training for me but I took time out on Tuesday evening for my first Meet The Author night. It was a successful night and there were more people present than I thought would be there, it was a pleasant surprise. I spoke about my adventure and how I came to falling off a mountain, there were some fabulous personal questions asked by the audience and I felt I connected with them as I spoke. The emotion did show as I talked and it felt great to be honest about my adventure. I hope all who came enjoyed it and I hope to do another one soon :o)
Back to training ... As you be gathering I am aiming towards my ultra endurance race in just five weeks time. The next few weeks I will be stepping up a gear and getting my head into the right frame of mind. It's all about building confidence and mental toughness. Yesterday I did an 18 mile paddle out on the River Leam and today has seen me run the Coventry Half marathon, then do a paddle session. Hehe
I ran the half with colleagues from work, hopefully I spurred them on a little bit. I stayed with one of them for the Iraq 5 to 6 miles then had to run har for 3 miles to catch up some of the others eventually catching them up after mile 9. I did get a few looks whilst I was catching them up, I don't think the other runners appreciated a spritely runner speeding past them up a hill, whoops. Once catching them I realised they were not far from getting a 2hr time. So ... Well I encouraged them and umm picked up their pace to under 8 min miling and almost was sprinting to the line with one them. I crossed the line in just under 2hrs. I know I pushed them hard as one of them was almost sick at the end, now that commitment. Either that or she is just rather competitive and I played on that hehe. I then ran back to find our last person to cross the line. I think in total I ran about 16 miles ... Then hmm went paddling.
However, as it seems I am chicken fuelled I couldn't help but smile on the river ...
Today was great for my confidence. My fitness is getting there, the paddle yesterday was a good test of my mental toughness doing lots of laps at my canoe club to complete the 18 miles. So fingers crossed when my k2 partner comes back to the UK next week and we compete at Waterside C ... We will know more about our paddle speed. Waterside C is 23 miles and 35 portages ... Bring it on but for now my view is of our boat currently sitting in the sitting room. Time for some chill time before walking pops.