Another great week of fundraising and training. Just under 2 weeks into our campaign, and just under £2k raised so far - that's £1,980 in 13 days to be precise (including cash donations). What a great achievement so far, but wouldn't it be fantastic to hit the £2k mark by Wednesday!
Less than 5 weeks of training left before I can start to ease off. The training's certainly not getting any easier, but no doubt I am getting stronger. A steady 10k row on Saturday morning felt a good workout, but comfortable. Knowing that you're heading for a big run the following day means you have to temper your training a bit in the days before, so that the muscles are completely fresh for the endurance. The plan for Sunday was 18 miles along the west highland way - out to Killearn and back.
It's incredible just how the weather has changed in one week. As much as I do like running in the elements, it was wild and horizontal rain even before I started. I really don't like running with a jacket on, even though the running jacket I have is regarded as one of the more breathable and waterproof options. They just feel too stifling to me. Figuring that I would be running for over 2.5 hours, I thought it best not to get totally drenched immediately, so donned the jacket. The first 5 miles or so appeared to by-pass autumn and head straight to winter. As things calmed a bit, jacket was off and my body was able to breathe again. The rest of the run had a very autumnal feel - my favourite running conditions, and I felt great. My legs were really strong and I was flying for the last 3 miles.
I think this is partly due to a very impromptu leg massage I had on Saturday. I popped into work for a couple of things, when one of our massage therapists Mags Young had just finished her shift. Without much cajoling, Mags very obligingly gave me a treatment. She has this knack of freeing off fairly solid muscles without inflicting much pain - unlike me! Just goes to show that as much as stretching is crucial, a helping hand to break the muscles down has huge benefits.
After a day of recovery on Monday, I tackled the Kelvingrove park hills after work tonight - up and down 11 times. Definitely a critical part of my training now and my recovery from hills is getting quicker. Planning around 15 miles tomorrow morning, so that'll be a good gauge of how strong my legs are after tonight's session.
Really appreciate all the messages of support I've been receiving, I can't tell you how much it spurs me on.