This time next week I will hopefully have finished the 10 mile Great South Run around Portsmouth. It’s got really serious over the last week: My number label arrived, along with the RFID tag all runners wear on their shoes and the running vest from Help The Hospices. I’ll be wearing it over a t-shirt, so it’s a little unflatteringly tight. But whatever, it’s all in a good cause.
The BUPA training programme I have been following has worked well, though four runs a week is certainly taking a big bite out of my free time. The interval runs are the hardest: Maintaining a high level of exertion for two minutes is hard enough, but then two minutes to recover isn’t enough either! The 6 mile run I did this morning is the start of the “taper” week, where the runs get a little easier in the build-up to the race. Nevertheless I managed 6.3 miles in 55 minutes, which I was very happy with, and slightly surprised at the improvements in my pace! If, and that’s a big if, I was able to sustain the same pace over the full 10 miles, I would finish in less than 90 minutes. My target is 105 minutes, so I’d be very happy with anything less than that!
I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who has already sponsored me. I will try to tweet as I go to give you value for money! If you haven’t already sponsored me and can spare a few quid to help support the work of a valuable charity and see a slightly overweight geek get very sweaty, then please do!