Eep I’m really nervous, I’ve got my first proper run tomorrow! I completed the Doughnut Dash last weekend which was really surprisingly tough (never eating and running ever again), and I started the year with the Alton Water Run and the Colour Run, but those were all little 5km ones that I took relatively easily.
Tomorrow I take on my first muddy obstacle race/OCR and I’m bricking it! I’m doing the Nuclear Blackout, and to make matters harder, it’s at night. I’ve got my head torch ready. I’ve even bought some trail running shoes so I can have a bit of a chance at gripping in the mud, though doubtful!
I’m not run-ready - I hate running so have been avoiding doing any practice. I’m not even sure I’m obstacle race-ready either, as my upper body strength is pants!
I’ve smashed through some last minute weight training this week, but am having today off from the gym to recover everything.
The worst part of it is definitely that it is at night/later on in the day than a normal run. The runs I’ve done have usually started about 10am, so I don’t eat anything, or else have half a banana a couple of hours before. My big problem is that I get very bloated when running. Even if I don’t eat for three hours beforehand, I start getting such bad stomach cramps! So I’ve worked out I can’t eat anything before running, just drink water.
So now I have a dilemma of what do I eat tomorrow? There’s no way I can starve myself all day, I’ll pass out even before the race starts!
I guess I’ve got to find some light foods that’ll keep me going and won’t get caught up in my stomach. Maybe fruit and veg? I feel like I should have something substantial for breakfast.. Eggs? A slice of toast?? I don’t know! I wish I’d practiced this!
It’s a 6km race, but you’ve got two hours to run as many laps as possible, and I’d really like to do two laps. It’d make my day if I could! Unfortunately at the minute I’m worried how I’ll even get around one. But we’ll see.
Wish me luck!