My race pack arrived on Monday. The route actually includes part of my regular runs, around Otterspool Promenade and Sefton Park, so I'm quite excited to be doing it with 8,000 other runners.
My training hasn't exactly gone to plan. Firstly, I started a new job in the new year which exhausted me for about 3 weeks. While I tried to fit in runs at the weekend, I wasn't upping my mileage as I should have because I already felt exhausted after everyday and didn't want to wipe myself out. Then, the snow arrived. I put off my running for a few days until it started to melt a bit.
It didn't go too well though as I ended up hurting my ankle. Running in half melted/frozen snow is not good. Training for a spring race over winter has been the hardest thing really. The dark and cold do not really make you excited about going for a run after work. Layering is difficult - wear too much and you end up sweaty once you get warmed up, wear too little and you'll be freezing while warming up. Your lips and hands end up chapped from the cold (wearing running gloves again leaves you sweaty, or at least it does me). However, some days the cold really makes you run faster compared to hotter days in the summer when the sun seems like a burden on you.
February has been the month when my training has finally 'clicked'. I've been going out for runs three times a week and also visiting the gym once a week for some cross training/weight training.
Anyone else training for a Spring race? How's it going?