I’ve been so preoccupied with my recent injury and current illness that I forgot about my next races, coming up very soon.
What’s more, these will be my first ever 10k races.
Training for them isn’t a serious prospect at the moment. It’ll be another week at least before my chest infection clears up and clears off, and I don’t want to start back running until I’m 100% wheeze-free. The last thing I need is to get sick again. Once I’m back on my feet I’ll be hastening slowly and cautiously – no chance of speed work or long runs right away.
And to be honest, even the idea of a race right now makes me feel tired.
Still, looking at the course maps for both events gives me the slightest hint of race buzz and battle fever. The Fit Magazine race seems to have the same course as the Aware Christmas Run I did last December – two laps of the 5-kilometre Phoenix Park loop by the Ordnance Survey and the Lower Glen side, with the finish on the Furze Road.
The Great Ireland Run also finishes on the Furze Road, after a much larger loop around much of the park.
I love races in the Phoenix Park. The course is scenic and challenging, and the vibe is always good. I couldn’t have picked a better place for two races to look forward to while I’m sick.
Also, even if I’m not in top form for the first event, all I have to do is finish and I’ll have a personal best time for my first ever 10k. Then I’ll be fit enough to train well ahead of the second 10k and hopefully set a new PB.
I’m exhausted just thinking about it!