Writing a blog, being a mother to two children, a wife to a husband who frequently travels for work, a teacher and running is not something that is easy. Something has to give and sadly it is my blog journey. I’d love to be able to record my runs each week and the emotions that I feel after each one, but I simply don’t have the time. So here is an overview update.
In my last blog everything was going really well for pre training. I was strengthening well and feeling really positive. December didn’t really happen for training. A combination of no childcare in the evenings, being unwell with a lingering cold, snow days and Christmas meant that I think I ran twice. The longest run being 5 miles. Nevertheless, my desire to get out there never left me.
Jan 1 and I started the intermediate training plan from VLM. I had looked at several others and decided that I liked this one best. The first couple of weeks were good and I met every target. A few weeks back though the grueling 4 runs a week, and my desire to push myself to achieve a sub 5 hour finish took its toll and my legs were literally running on empty. I was forced to have an extra rest day and to rethink the plan. So I am mostly still running four times a week, but instead of 2 interval runs, I have substituted one for an easy run that equals the same time. It means my legs are still being used but I am being kinder to my body. As for my desire to finish under 5 hours. I have realised that firstly, this is probably quite unrealistic. I am more likely to come in around 5.30. I think that I only want the sub 5 hour as I worry that people will think that I am a slow coach, and that it is a poor time. I have decided that if I concentrate and train really hard I might just scrape it, but then I will spend 5 hours looking at the pavement. I want to enjoy the day and soak up the atmosphere. I want to take selfies on the way, use the loo, stop to say hi to family and friends that are coming to support. I can’t miss out on all that just to get a time. Whatever time I finish it is still 26.2 miles which is a long way and I will have run it all, however slowly.
The treadmill that I have been lent has broken, and although I have send parts off to be looked at by the aptly named “Treadmill Doctor”, I don’t think that the diagnosis is good. I started to look at new ones last night and think that this will be the way forward. Simon is not keen to have one in the garage though. Nevermind, I’ll just ignore him as I usually do!!.
Fundraising has gone really well. I have met my target already and haven’t had my big events yet. Tomorrow is my variety night. We should have about 80 people there and the raffle prizes are awesome so we should take at least £1000. And then to organise the fun run. I quite like events organising. Maybe a change of career is in order.
Psychologically, I am in a great place at the moment. Running is tough but rewarding. It is taking a lot of my time and I still struggle with the guilt that that brings, but it is not forever and I try to be fair. I am also knackered as Stanley is teething massively and not sleeping, but I am finding ways to deal with this (that is a lie – I’m just dying on my feet!). The long runs are now easier for me that the interval runs. I am up to 10 miles at the moment and have a half marathon booked in 3 weeks. I feel excited about it and about the 20 miler that I have booked for March. The marathon pipedream really is becoming a reality and I don’t quite believe it still