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! 🙂
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.
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.