Look What Arrived In The Post!

For the past week, I’d been starting to get a bit nervous about the Half Marathon. It’s only a few weeks away and, although I’m feeling pretty good about my training, I was starting to wonder why everyone else on Facebook, Twitter and the entire world seemed to have their race bib and I was still patiently waiting. But then, yesterday when I came home from work, there it was. My first ever Half Marathon race bib! How exciting! πŸ™‚

HM Race Bib

I’d been feeling a bit low over the weekend and decided to skip my Saturday run, but getting my race bib yesterday seemed to give me the lift that I needed to get out the door again. Well, not right away, as I had other things that I needed to do on Monday evening; but tonight I got it done!

My plan was to have a nice easy run along the seafront. At least 5K. Maybe a bit more. I wasn’t going to over-think it though. I just needed to get out into the cold and get my run in.

I headed out just after 7pm and decided to start running en-route to the promenade. I don’t usually run on those streets, but there was a clear sky and a bright moon, which made it easier to see where I was going in the darker sections where the street lights are deemed useless by the trees growing up through the pavements.

There wasn’t much activity on the seafront tonight. I guess the cold temperatures are keeping a lot of people indoors, but there were still a few other runners around – enough to feel safe in the knowledge that, even though I was running alone, there was always someone else in sight.

I also used the opportunity to try out some of my new running gear that I got for my birthday last week. My sister bought me a pair of running gloves, which I was badly in need of. They are nice and thin so that I can easily press the buttons on the Garmin and the GymBoss that I use to time my intervals; but warm enough to stop my fingers from feeling cold and numb.

gloves

They also have a waterproof mitten that goes over the fingers to stop them from getting wet in the rain, and can be neatly tucked away when you don’t need them. I haven’t tested the waterproof part yet, but I’m sure I’ll get the opportunity soon enough.

All in all, the run was fairly uneventful, but very satisfying. I kept the pace comfortable, made sure the walk breaks remained brisk, and managed to complete 6.5 kilometres in 42:50. Not bad for a chilly Tuesday evening in February.

How’s your running going? Do you get excited about new gadgets, running gear or the arrival of your next race bib? Please share your thought in the comments.

 

 

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13 responses to “Look What Arrived In The Post!”

  1. David Faust says :

    I just bought over too! Made the run a lot nicer!

  2. artisticsharon says :

    Yay, I love new gadgets and gear! Those gloves look really nice! I have a natty old pair of knit gloves I’ve been using – not ideal. And it’s pretty cool that you got your bib in the mail a few weeks in advance – that would’ve certainly given me a boost too!

    • theblogrunner says :

      Yeah, I tried wearing a pair of fleece gloves on a long run – hands got sweaty very quickly and then just felt damp as well as cold. These are definitely better. πŸ™‚
      It was nice to get the race bib in the post too. So much easier than having to collect it the day before or on the morning of the race. Less than three weeks to go… yikes! πŸ˜€

  3. Kerrie says :

    I’m excited for you! You’ll ace it too πŸ™‚

  4. redfacedbutrunderful says :

    I think every runner gets really excited about new gadgets and gear! I got new running gloves the other week and they’re brill. Sorry to hear you were feeling a bit down. But so pleased you got your bib number! Lifts the spirits doesn’t it? Good luck with it! πŸ™‚

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thanks. It certainly does! I think I was just a bit cold and tired, so the gloves helped on both counts; and the the bib was a nice reminder that after race day winter will be over and we’ll be back into spring, lighter evenings and slightly less freezing temps. πŸ˜‰

  5. getgoing-getrunning says :

    I love new kit! So much so that on the weekend I *may* have put in a pre-order for the new Garmin Fenix 3…

  6. Keith says :

    Cool – getting your race bib is always a fun but nervy time isn’t it. Makes you realise that the race is not that far away. I am sure you will do fine.

  7. runningprincess78 says :

    I love getting new running gear, especially in the post. It’s like a mini-Christmas just for me! And getting a race bib is always really exciting too as it makes your goal much more “real”.

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