The last time I put one foot in front of the other in anger was down a demonic, stoney, winding mountain switchback into the 95km aid station - and my eventual point of capitulation - at the Lavaredo in the Italian Dolomites. It was my first ever DNF and pretty tough to take. Coming back from a downer like that was always going to need something special. So when the email from Lucozade Sport landed in my inbox, inviting me to run the Great North Run I couldn’t hit reply and type ‘Yes’ quickly enough.
I’ve had the privilege to run some classic races, the London Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Marathon des Sables, and though it’s shorter than those challenges, the Great North Run is up there as one of those races you want to experience.
Aside from the fact that it’s the most famous half marathon in the world, there are a few reasons this is a good race for me:
1. It’s shorter than the 116km beast I just attempted in Italy
2. There are no mountains
3. It’s in England (so no travel stress)
4. It gives me a reason to get back into my regular running
5. Did I mention there are no mountains
Today’s Big Question: What can you achieve training for a half marathon in 30-days?
Since wobbling off the Lavaredo trail at the end of June I’ve only run 33 miles in total. In that time I also managed to pass out while brushing my teeth, smashing up my face and needing to seek medical help.
A quick trip to the docs has revealed low blood pressure, possibly thanks to depletion in key nutrients. So when I have run I’ve been finding it tough and I’ve not entirely been feeling myself.
I’m not used to pulling up after 5 miles and having to walk. This is new territory for me. And so with the Great North Run in just 30 days I’m wondering what can be achieved. My main aim: an enjoyable 13.1 miles in a time that’s not too slow.
This little mini diary is all about how I approach coming back from the disappointment of the Lavaredo and how I get myself back to feeling myself again. All of that with the brilliant target of running an iconic race like the GNR.
IKR !!!!!!!!!! AND ALSO PPL ARE SO NEGATIVE TOWARDS AUTOTUNE LIKE IT FITS W THE SONG RLY WELL W THE CASH REGISTER NOISE EFFECT LIKE AHHHHHHH EXO WOULDNT BE HALF AS FAMOUS NOW IF THEY DIDNT EXPERIMENT W STYLE TBH
THANK YOU LIKE EXO ARE TRENDSETTERS THEYRE NOT GONNA DO SOMETHING THATS ALREADY BEEN DONE