Archive for February, 2015

Another Update…

slobNot a wildly exciting update really… but there has been some marked improvement on the running!

I ran 8 miles on Thursday and then to my great shock followed this up with another 6 mile plod on Friday- plus I felt pretty good while I was running!

I can’t remember the last time I ran two decent distances back to back… it’s been a long while…

I let myself down rather at the weekend cos it was socially hectic- a friend came over Saturday and I went out Saturday night for a meal and to the theatre Saturday night with two other friends. I got no training done on Saturday so I promised myself I would walk/ run Sunday.

I had got as far as putting on my running kit when another friend rang and said she was free and would be over shortly… so I changed, but fully intended to go out after she had left. And I would have done… if it hadn’t have been absolutely throwing it down and really really windy!

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Progress…

endurance adventuresI have to confess I kind of lost my way after completing the Marathon des Sables. I don’t know why. Maybe it was because the event was so grand, so epic and such an adventure that when I got home the harsh reality set in; I was absolutely skint and living in a friend’s spare room, an arrangement that was not really working for either of us. Maybe it was because I had had such an awesome time with such a great group of people, and we had got to know each other over the past two years, meeting up for events, training towards a common goal, shared the experience and now we were all going our separate ways.

I became quite depressed following the MdS. I think that this is normal after such a challenge. Pre-MdS training took up most of my free time and all of my focus, but post MdS suddenly there was nothing to focus on or to train for, no reason to lace up the running shoes and head out there. I wanted something to replace it but could barely even afford to enter a 10k road race.

So I drifted, and apart from a few events and treks, I have been drifting ever since. Although I never actually stopped training, I have lost fitness and gained weight and it takes me all my time to puff my way round a 26 mile challenge walk. Hardly endurance adventures! My training has been sporadic at best.

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GunthorpeI must admit, I have been in a slump lately. First Christmas came with all the hustle and busyness that comes with it, and after that I came down with a really nasty cold and chest infection.

All of this affected my ability and motivation to train, and so there has been far less running, walking and thrashing it out at the gym, hence the lack of writing as there has been nothing to write about! I had entered the Millennium Ultra but have withdrawn as I am just not ready.

My training seems to have followed this pattern of peaks and troughs; I build up to quite a good level of fitness, and am pleased with my progress and then bam! Some excuse comes up, such as ‘I feel to busy to train this week‘, or ‘I don’t feel too well so better take it easy for a few days‘, or even ‘I did a long event at the weekend so can’t do too much for a bit‘, and before I know it, a couple of weeks have gone by with virtually no training and I am back to square one again…

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