Saturday 22 October 2016

Week 14: Maeve Higgins: I ran 7kms the other day, I'm getting closer to the magical 10km

Maeve Higgins (right)
Maeve Higgins (right)

Two weeks to go! Are you pumped? I am! Today, I ran 7km. That is, if you’ll pardon my maths, even longer than 10km. Ok, so perhaps some calculations make it shorter.

But it felt great, and I did it in 47 minutes. I did stop for maybe five minutes because I forgot to put my phone on airplane mode, and I saw that my sister was calling me.

I answered, thinking it must be something important for her to call long distance. It turned out, she just wanted to know the correct use of proceed versus precede. I helped her — of course I did, I’m not a monster — then I proceeded to run.

I am making my plan for race day, as advised by Vhi’s fitness support, Louise Heraghty. Most of my runs have been accompanied by music — I wear headphones and listen to Kendrick Lamar’s new album on repeat. I love it!

And music helps a lot. It’s a great distraction when my legs feel heavy or I want to stop. I tell myself to keep going until the end of the track, and by then, I usually feel fine.

However, I’m not going to use headphone on June 1, I want to chat to everyone else doing the race. That’s what I love about the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon — the social aspect. We are all doing it for a reason, and it’s a great way of connecting with people.

To get ready for that, I am planning on making my remaining six training runs music-free, like the cave men did, with no Kendrick.

I was in Boston doing shows the weekend before the marathon there. My hotel offered pasta buffets, all you can eat, for the three nights leading up to the race.

I’m not saying I didn’t help the participants out a little with their carb-loading. It would have been rude not to!

I checked with our nutrition support David Gillick and apparently, for a 10km race, there is no real need to eat your bodyweight in penne the night before. Shame! Shame on you, David! 

Two weeks to go to June 1. In Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting his passport stamped for Mars.  He is uncharacteristically disguised as a frumpy woman, with an unflattering haircut and a mustard-coloured tunic.

His fake head begins to malfunction and repeats “two weeks, two weeks” again and again in an increasingly strained voice. Reminds me of myself, I must say.

Let’s all hope that what happens next — Arnold removes the fake head and throws it at some immigration officials and it says, “Get ready for a surprise’’ and then explodes.

And let’s all hope we keep our heads and have a super fun time out on the Dublin streets at the 2015 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. Two weeks!


Maeve Higgins is part of the Vhi Support Team. For more updates from Maeve and training and nutrition tips and advice download the Vhi WMM 2015 App or visit www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie

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