The evening before the race. Sarah is feeling guilty for her lack of training and her lack of blogging.
Not gonna lie, I feel completely and utterly unprepared for the race tomorrow. I started my new job in Belfast this week and with all the planning and preparation for the move to Belfast last week and my workload this week I haven't had time to sleep, let alone exercise or blog so I'm not feeling entirely confident about it. This is why the whole no timing chip thing might come in handy, no one will ever know how terrible I'm going to do, mwaha! On the plus side I'm loving the job and I'm sussing out the different gyms that are about and the potential running routes I'll be able to take when I'm finally settled in. I have a feeling trying to work out as much as I used to is going to definitely be challenging with a full time job! I don't think I appreciated that freedom enough but I'm hoping to get a gym close to work and I plan on heading in 3-4 times a week after work. I'd love to be one of those people who can get up at 5am and squeeze in a morning session but I know that will never ever happen. Having to walk to work at 8am is currently more than enough cardio for me in the morning!
I haven't even looked at the map until now which is a disgrace. Maybe ignorance is bliss! I see there's a good few new obstacles which I'm looking forward to! The Mud Mounds, The Mud Plough and Trench Warfare sounds lovely and messy! The Screwball scramble sounds incredibly fun but I've learned from the last race that if it sounds fun, it's probably not. I am absolutely DREADING the Shock of Horrors. I could actually cry just thinking about it, I guess I'll just have to suck it up! I'm probably gonna find the 14km a real challenge! I haven't ran properly in a while and I didn't get my distance up to 15km like I wanted to. Having not run in a while might actually work to my benefit though as I've always found that when I go on a long distance run after a long period of not running I can usually run a lot further than usual. This isn't exactly revelatory though as it's usually common practice to taper off your running distance the closer you are to a race. I thought of the last two races as just that, races, but this time I'm seeing it as a bit of fun and I'm not gonna beat myself up if I feel like walking for a bit but that will be avoided as much as possible! My friend picked up our race packs today in Dublin and I'm excited to see my new tshirt tomorrow! The weather is miserable and cold and I'm really really hoping it doesn't rain tomorrow, but it more than likely will! Not like it'll make much of a difference considering I'm going to be plunging myself into skips of water and into a river, but still.
Well best of luck to everyone who is racing tomorrow! I will definitely be doing a race review because they're my favourite things to write ever, essentially the whole reason I have a blog, but I can't really say when I'll get around to it as I'll be heading to Belfast for work after the race but hopefully I'll be able to get it up before the end of the week!
P.S. I'm so grateful to everyone who has sponsored me so far! I have raised €337.09! I'm just so happy that the money will be going towards a good cause! Just to remind you I'm raising money for SOSAD (Save Our Sons and Daughters), it's a charity that have taken on the very difficult task of raising awareness and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and more specifically, suicide, in Ireland. They provide support and direction to those feeling depressed and/or suicidal. They also offer support and direction for those who may know someone who is suicidal and for those who have been bereaved by suicide. I will still be trying to reach my target of €500 even after the race because I really want to try and do my best for the charity and in turn, the people who need their help. So if you have a euro or two to give to a good cause I would really really appreciate it! Here's my donation page: