Just back from a weeks beach holiday in Dubai. We got back at about 9am on Good Friday to the best of British weather, sunny, bright, springtime with trees in leaf and blossom and grass and daffodils to look at.
We had a great beach holiday with wonderful food and time to recharge our batteries.i managed to run most days (but no more than 5k!) the first couple of days I got up at sunrise to run along the beachfront (see photo) in the coolest part of the day. Even then it was quite hot and humid. Then I discovered the air conditioned gym. Cooled to 23c ( that’s 2 degrees higher than we heat our house!) About day 3 I was running on the treadmill, looking out of the window to the view of the sea and the city and I thought about how lucky I was to be able to run in an air conditioned gym, or to be on a holiday in a place with such a gym, or to have a job that pays for the holiday, and that that job is a job where for the most part I enjoy it. At that point I realised that my batteries were probably re charged!
I managed to get 20k done this week which although it was at slow speeds is a good kick start to increasing the mileage a bit. Apparently most marathon runners notch up 40 -60 miles per week so I need to quadruple my base mileage over the year if I’m thinking of a marathon next year! I didn’t get to see the VLM , in fact I completely forgot about it whilst I was away! But everyone says that it’s such a good one to do I might try to get a place in the ballot for next year. I find other peoples stories so inspiring that I’m tempted to give it a try. Let’s see what fate has in store!