So today is a grand day. The weather is bright, although the clouds keep making an appearance. I am running Manchesters shortest yet biggest run… The 10k. Everyone is doing it nowadays. People with all types of experience within running. As the Middle man, I am much more excited than nervous… Not to brag but 6 miles is the average mileage of a training run for me, so today is all about grabbing that easily done PB. Which I guess is even more scary, as I will only be letting myself down. Runners will understand this phrase. Of course I will not be wallowing in misery if it is not done but more of a – “Darn it! I worked so hard and could of done this on any other day!”
So I will still be following all the procedures of a half marathon and resort back to my vanity case of race day! I have decided to share this with you lot in hope of inspiration for the newbies! I believe that you also have to be mentally ready to run a distance as well as being physically fit, so I have put a few regulations on pre-run preparation. Here is what I take with me on every run I do. Maybe you have the same choices? Nivea Stress Protect anti perspirant.
The mother bought me this for my first Half marathon (Great North run) back in 2013. I had become incredibly nervous and she thought this was a great present for the day! I agree, and have wore it only for every big run I do.
Sun, swim & gym.
This is just something I picked up from somewhere, it is just great for hydrating hair post run. I normally stick about for a beer after many of my runs so I try to be prepared to look half decent after. ‘Try.’
Again, going back to my pre-race anxiety. I get mixed emotions on the day and it can be slightly unbearable. I try not to use it as its a calmer and I want to get pumped up. But it’s there as a safety net. As dad says, use that fear… And go!
You never know when you’ll need to chop off some tags, some loose cotton, an annoying label… Etc etc!
I don’t normally use these, but it’s there if I want it! Jelly beans. I got told these were the best source of instant sugar highs for runners, so I carry an emergency bag for the day. Just in case, Ya know. Mmm sweeties!
Every runner should have these! Just had a call or two asking weather I had any spares. Good job I bought a full tin! Keep prepared guys. Some runs provide them, most don’t. However, I am happy to help!
Nivea lip balm.
To keep those lips soft and kissable of course.
I don’t have hair long enough to tie it up, but if it happened to be, I’d be prepared.
I used to get real bad heartburn back in the day if i were nervous, so I have these on hand for any sort of attack.
Sometimes I travel to run a half marathon, and a toothbrush is something I ALWAYS forget. So I make sure a spare is on hand.
Never used these. Just saw them in Superdrug one day and thought that I may need these one day. Maybe.
For those ever aching muscles.
On hand for the horrendous blisters that I always seem to collect after a big run.
A runners best friends. To stop the incredibly painful chafe. I have a big tub at home but take a small tub around with me in case it’s super hot. I can not explain how important this item is! So here we are, just about to walk out the doors and run a 6 mile run for fun. Wish me luck guys for that PB I hope to announce to you all later!