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The National Lottery 5 Mile Run
So I have an aim... The National Lottery Olympic Park 5 Mile Run! I entered the ballot last year and was lucky enough to be one of the 5000 entries to be accepted.
The race is a 5 mile course through the Olympic Park culminating in a finish in the Olympic Stadium. Apparently I will feel like an elite entering the stadium (according to the website), although Im not sure they have ever seen me after 4.8 miles of hard running! The evnt has given me impetus to really start to get into my sessions again. I have even dug out some of the sessions given to me at Loughborough University and have tried a couple over the last 2 weeks. I have to say having an aim such as this really helps focus the mind and has made me find time to get my training in a bit more than I have been.
The date of the event is March 31st at 2pm. I am assuming this is a sort of test event for the organisers in preperation for the Olympic Marathon and Race Walking finishes. It is a great way to get people involved in the Olympics who otherwise wouldn't have been able to (as we all know the tickets situation has been rather worrying with alot of athletes families missing out). Each runner on March 31st gets 2 tickets to the stadium for spectators so I am hoping to get Mum down to enjoy the stadium!
So for my training...
Time is an issue for me with everything very busy for RunBreeze so I have to train smart and utilise the time I have to the best of my ability. This means a lot of hard work and focusing on quality over quantity. Currently I am trying to have a training week consist of one longer run, one tempo run (hilly where possible) and one track session down at Battersea Park. These sessions are sharpening me up after a winter of quite a bit of steady running for my base work. The track sessions were a bit of a shock to the system but as each week has ticked by my body is getting used to the demands put on it. I am really enjoying picking up the pace again, all we need is a bit of a warmer block of weather!
I will report back on my training and how I am preparing for the event and in the mean time I will dream about crossing that finishing line in the Olympic stadium first!