Steph’s Great South Run: The Final Countdown

The final countdown to my Great South Run has begun…

In the last two weeks before any big race there are so many things to consider:

  1. When should you ease up on training and start carb loading?
  2. What to put on your final playlist?
  3. What to wear on the day?
  4. Who will be watching?
  5. Will you reach your fundraising target?

When should you ease up on training and start carb loading?

Well, my training has been going really well; two short runs during the week and a long run at the weekend every week. However, I hit a bump in the track this week when the chest infection fairy decided to pay me a visit and tell me to sit down, be quiet and rest until she decided otherwise. I’m pleased to say that after 3 days at home on the sofa, I’m now on the road to recovery. With that in mind, my plan is to do a steady 3 mile run tomorrow (Sunday), a longer run mid-week and a few short 2 mile runs in the final week. As for carbs, I’m already loading!

My longest run so far has been 7 miles in 1 hour 25 minutes. I’m not the speedy type at long distances but the good news is that if I can manage to keep that pace I should easily be able to get round the 10 mile course in under 2 hours. Wouldn’t that be nice 🙂

What to put on your final playlist?

Music is such a great way to keep you motivated during a long distance run, not only to help you keep pace but also to remind you why you’re running at all. I will have a playlist as eclectic as my personality with a little trance music, a few power ballads, some cheesy pop and a selection of carefully chosen personal power tunes:

In memory of my sister Nikki – Bon Jovi were her favourite band – “Whoah, we’re halfway there!”

“It’s all in my head” For those who benefit from the work of  The Brain Tumour Charity

No playlist is complete without this tune of divine inspiration “Yo, Adrain, I did it!”

What to wear on the day?

After weeks of running in mismatched gym clothes, I gave into temptation and splurged on some ultra feminine, super sporty but gorgeous running gear from the fabulous, Sweaty Betty. My purchases included Power Run Capris, a selection of Running Tops and the all important Running Protector Jacket, which I love. I also bought an armband specifically to carry my iPhone so that I can use my Nike+ App on race day.

Now, I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of my Race Pack which was dispatched yesterday in the post and will have my all important Race Number and Running Zone. Exciting!

Who will be watching?

The Great South Run is taking place in my home town, Portsmouth, so I’m looking forward to seeing a few familiar faces of friends and family in the crowd to cheer me on, weather permitting of course.

For those of you who are reading this post and can’t make it down on the day but think that you could spot me in a crowd of 24,000 runners, rather like a game of ‘Where’s Stephy?’, the race will be televised on Channel 5 on 28th October from 10.30am. Set your SkyBox to record now. 🙂

Will you reach your fundraising target?

I’m going to be honest here, the fundraising is not going so well this year. I’m currently at a total of £220 with just 6 donations 😦 . I’d love to be able to come close to my £500 target but I really need YOUR help. So, here’s a quick insight into what your cash could mean to each of my chosen charities.

Donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care will be used to provide Nurses to care for cancer sufferers at home, help fund Hospices for the terminally ill, and contribute to the all important research and development into this horrible illness that now affects 1 in 3 people.

Why is Marie Curie nursing so important? I’ll let the nurses tell you themselves…

Donations to The Brain Tumour Charity will provide crucial information, clinical trials and equipment for diagnosis and treatment and continual research and development of Brain Tumours. As someone diagnosed with a low-grade Glioma myself, I’m hugely supportive of this charity, not only because I have my own best interest at heart but because I know there are lots of people who have not been as lucky as me and are in need treatment, support and care right now.

Why should you support this cause? Because, brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.


For the full story on why I’m running and how I’ve been tracking and training, don’t  forget to check out:

Doing it for the Win and Steph’s Great South Run: Training, Tracking and Twitterati


3 thoughts on “Steph’s Great South Run: The Final Countdown

  1. Elijah Mendoza says:

    Hi Steph, I like your article. I just signed up for my first half marathon with a friend. I’ve been running off and on for 10 years but never more than 6-7 miles. We have about 7 weeks to train! Ha! Crazy? I’m not sure if that’s adequate time…but I guess I’ll find out on race day.

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