Thursday, 16 September 2010

3 things a runner shouldn't do...

1. Run a race with an injury that needs rest.
2. Run a race in brand new trainers that have never been run in before.
3. Run a race while drinking a drink never tried in training.

Great North Run here I come!

I went back to Ms Physio today after a week of on/off pain, and my heel not really getting any better. She massaged it with hands and then ultra-sound thingy, and then she strapped it all up again like last week. She asked if I was still planning t
o do the GNR, and I said yes. She didn't advise me not to, and she didn't even look disapproving, but she said I should make an appointment for Monday, as it will probably be sore after the run.

Good news now, and I bought some new trainers! Woo! Obviously I haven't been able to run in them yet, but I have been wearing them round the house a lot.

Check out these beauties...

The drink thing is less of a problem, although I meant to try it on a couple of long runs. The other long races I've done provided Lucozade Sport (orange flavour - not bad), but in Newcastle, we get Powerade. Luckily, they sell it in vending machines in the College where I work, and I often see students drinking it during classes. Why they think they need an isotonic sports drink to sit at a desk for 2 hours I can't imagine. None of them even take the stairs to class... I tried it today, and it tastes about as good as it looks.

Mmm, made of pure blue...

Anyway, I've decided I have to do the GNR as it's a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I don't suppose I'll get a place again (it's a ballot entry). I'm going to go for the atmosphere and the experience, and aim to get round at a decent jogging pace, spotting as many celebrities as I can.

Then, after this weekend, I'll obviously have to rest my foot for a while. I'm going to stop running for as long as it takes to get rid of this bloody injury, and take up cycling as my number one new hobby for a few weeks / months. It's going to be crap, but I'll have to try and be patient for as long as it takes.

The sub-2-hour half marathon will one day be mine - not yet, but eventually!


  1. "Oh Liz, can it be true? That what you hold here - in your mortal hands - is a bottle of purest blue?"

  2. Runner Mum,
    Great North Run!
    Good luck, hun!
    Tum te tum.

  3. Have fun! I hope you don't have the same heel problem I do. If so get out your bike!!!

  4. Yep that blue colour is a work of serious chemical engineering. There's nothing natural about it. The shoes, however, are really pretty. No running in the rain and muddying them up!

  5. Those drinks are seriously scary... I hope your run goes well in spite of those three things you listed... If you can just enjoy yourself and hopefully feel good, it will be great!

  6. I saw someone being sick at the Glasgow half unfortunately & I think they had drank too much of some bright orange sports drink!!!!
    I've had Powerade a few times though & I like it. The new lucozade light is also good

  7. Good Luck Liz I was thinking of you out on my long run x