Since my last post listing my strategies to bring my life back into balance more, I have managed to successfully start implementing this and can report back that I am feeling much better for it already.
Limiting my social media engagement has given me much needed freedom and space! I am spending less but more quality time on Facebook and Twitter, if you haven’t done this already yourself, I highly recommend it.
It had come to a point where I was struggling being the admin of my running group, as much as I love it I began stressing about continuing to create a community (which had been successfully established months ago) and really feeling like I didn’t want to post anything on there (even my own runs) as 1) not to cause me anymore work to do and 2) I felt like I didn’t fit in any more due to my lack of running or have anything to offer. Not cool. A break is what is needed to re-focus, come back to centre, and be able to offer a lot more.
Not being able to run much through one thing or another, lack of sleep, back pain, man flu and a multitude of other things has challenged me so much this year. However I am not prepared to throw 2 years of training down the toilet and thousands of miles. In fact I am a woman with a plan…and a goal, that I am not sharing until its completed.
Man flu is now leaving me, so I am going to attempt a short trot out this weekend when I can fit it in around my husbands ever changing shifts (aside from clearing the garage out, the leaning tower of Pisa of ironing piles plus packing for Disney). Going to hit some trails and have some much needed me-time and I can’t freaking wait! Will upload some pictures here which will re-boot my trail raider series…
Learning how to rest and recover is as important as training itself… however frustrating this can be. I have had to learn this the goddam hard way, but thankfully I have learnt it nonetheless. Going to stock up and remember to take on a daily basis zinc, iron and vit C tablets as a base to building a better immune system. I seem to come down with every bug at nursery, so have been mindful to keep putting on the antibacterial gel on my hands after I have dropped Mia off and picked her up. If this can save me from one cold then that’s one or two runs saved!
The Poppy challenge starts Tuesday and I will be logging in the KMs for this charity virtual race, I will be clocking them in both in the UK and with my Disney walked (and run!) miles. Will be good to see how many steps I have taken each day.
Haven’t weighed myself for ages but I am still four pounds heavier than what I want to be… so going to be very good from now till my holiday and see what happens, I think regular weighing on the scales keeps me more in check, although I seem to have got out of the habit of this recently. I keep forgetting! Four pounds isn’t the end of the world, and if after walking around Disney for 2 weeks I don’t shift a couple then I really cant be assed and will accept those extra four pounds as staying put for a while.
My latest running buy has been this SiS Energy Drink (£14.99) as recommended by a running friend. Its instructions are to drink before exercise as a way of low bulk carb loading and during for fast sustained energy, its recommended to take 4 servings a day prior to a race ever with or between meals to achieve elevated carb intake. So lets see if this helps at all. Will report back if it made any impact on my running at all… will need all the energy I can after such a dismal running performance of late.
My holiday book just made it through the door too… Brain Training for Runners by Matt Fitzgerald… (£13.20) this has been highly recommended by a few runner friends now, so I am going to read up on this on the plane/by the pool and may be take my training in a new direction. Will keep you posted.
A big epic sorry too that I haven’t posted much running stuff in here, but this will be different next week when I upload the trails, and also in the coming weeks my Disney runs which will be epic.