By the time you read this, I’ll be here:
…or at least very close! This weekend I’m heading to Reykjavik for the Culture Fest, which features a running festival-I’ll be doing the half marathon. Exciting!
It seems like a good idea to unpack my brain slightly before the race (and holiday) so here are my thoughts:
1. I’ve never raced a half marathon before; I’ve always had a mental block about my capabilities when it comes to this specific distance.
2. But I have run 13.1 miles before, in training for both Manchester and Budapest marathons. So there’s that at least.
3. My goals are conservative, and I’d ultimately like to finish sub 2h.
4. To be honest, I’d like to hit a loftier goal, but I also want to be realistic, and avoid disappointment and the negative self-talk that inevitably follows.
5. I’m a bit nervous about race day logistics – being in a different country and all- including food, drink and most importantly, bathroom logistics. There’s six runners sharing an AirBnB after all!
6. Food could be a challenge this trip, both before and after the race. With my history of issues surrounding food, it will be difficult to give up a degree of control over what I can eat, but if I’m being honest I need to learn to deal with this shit. And it can’t get in the way of my holiday.
7. This holiday combines my New Years goal of doing a half marathon, with my birthday goals of travelling more, branching out socially, and saying yes to things that take me out of my comfort zone.
8. Since we’ll be in Iceland for the Culture Fest, we’ll be spending the evening post-race mulling around the city, eating and drinking well, and watching the firework display.
9. My poorly ankle is still not 100% better, but it’s getting there. The jury is still out on whether I’ll be treating the 13.1 as a race or just a training run. On the plus side, I’ve been using a tennis ball to roll my cement-like calf and ankle, and have managed to turn up something vaguely resembling a loose, fleshy muscle- so things are looking up in that respect!
10. I’m so excited for a post-race celebratory donut and a dip in the blue lagoon. Living the dream!
Have you ever raced abroad-what are your tips?
Lots of love,