Wow what a year this has been…! A LOT of ups and downs… personally, professionally and with my training too…
Just as a recap – I have completed 2 half marathons and 2 10k’s this year!
Bath Half – 2:45 (8 months post-birth)
Bristol 10K – 1: 06 (offically, 1:05 Garmin!)
Race for Life: 1:04
Bristol Half: 2:30:42
Other highlights include my one year runniversary in Oct, 100 mile challenge in Oct as well as currently completing the 12 10k’s of Christmas challenge (my own challenge) now in Dec, and felt it a good time to reflect back on all those achievements (especially as I am nursing a slight hangover from yesterday’s Christmas party! Ouch…). I may not be the quickest, but I can look back with pride and say that I put 100% into my training (which has included a strength training session too for 14 months) and say I truly did the best I could at all these races and hold my head up high.
So a lot to be grateful for this year in terms of running, a lot of love/hate as normal, but this week I feel I have made a breakthrough with looking at nutrition, specifically my iron levels and how this impacts my energy. Feeling fatigued and sluggish I felt like I did a few years back when I had to get iron tablets from the Doctor as I was anemic. At that time walking alone tired me so much. So I have been busy researching iron rich food to eat and topping up my iron levels that way rather than go the pills route. I have never been one for pills, and would rather always look at prevention rather than cure. Already I am feeling much better! Here’s what Dr Google advised to opt for!
- Red meat.
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach.
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots.
- Iron-fortified cereals, breads and pastas.
The dried fruit is not quite agreeing with me, however seafood, dark green leafy veg, red meat and poultry I can’t get enough of…! Plus eggs also carry a lot if iron too, so been having these too, once an avid hater of eggs, scrambled is fine for me!
I have a new plan too devised by the lovely Howard Chambers which I have been following, however in a pickle this week, it incorporates my 10ks challenge however due to schelping to Bristol and London this week (plus nursing a hangover today) , I will have to do 3 x 10ks over the next three days.. I can do this… I can do this… I can do this…..
Really looking forward to next year now… I have some excellent races to look forward to.. new trainers (and finally that gait analysis in Jan), Bath Two Tunnels 10k in Feb, Bath Half March, Swansea Half June, Gloucester marathon August, Cheltenham Half Oct. Next year is going to be a much better year in all aspects… I can feel it already.
Finally I just wanted to say Happy Christmas to you all and wishing you all the best for 2016. Thank you to my friends (online and offline!) for their continued support in all my endeavours, I am so grateful to have found you all. There’s no running away from me now, I can probably catch up ha ha.
Remember, no man is a failure who has friends… Its a Wonderful Life
Peace , BB xx