When News reporter Emma Judd signed up for this year’s Great South Run, she knew she’d need some help. As personal trainers Dawn Grant and Max Eacott, from Portsmouth-based 24/7 Fitness, put her through her paces, she’ll be writing about her progress each week.
Oh it’s all getting horribly real now.
‘Have you been dreaming about the Great South Run?’
That’s a question I asked a friend of mine this week, who’s also doing it for the first time this year.
‘Er no,’ was the simple answer. But I just knew she wanted to call me a weirdo, too.
And that’s the thing about me and this race malarky: even though I am not one of life’s worriers, it does seem to be preying on my mind.
Ever since I ran my first five miles, and added a mile to that pretty much every week since, I’ve been looking forward to the GSR.
But last week, after running the first half of a seven-mile run along the seafront straight into a headwind, I’ve been panicking.
Because everybody says to leave some energy in the tank for the final two miles of the race, because that’s when the wind will get you.
And that has been the subject of many a dream during the past week or so.
As I write this I’m about to take part in the Twilight 5km Race for Life in Southampton, and by the time you read this I’ll have done the eight mile Pieces of Eight race along the seafront.
I’m hoping both races will make me feel better about the GSR...and that pesky headwind.
After all, there’s now only three weeks to go.