More delays to my training plan. A weekend of fluey illness. It started on Thursday and I kept on working, but by Saturday lunchtime I had to go to bed. Headache, joint pains, aching. Normally I just get runny nose type stuff. Anyway, spent most of the weekend in bed despite it being beautiful outside.
My New Years resolution involves getting ready to do more running by doing less running and more other stuff. So I’m thinking yoga twice a week, cross training once a week (rowing or swimming) and running 3 times per week, one long run, 2 short fartek/tempo type things.
That gives me a month to get it right before January, when I can re-start or continue in Ernest.
This year I think that I have managed better with getting my diet on track. (If you come round for a cup of tea I won’t be able to offer you a biscuit, none in the house, it’s all nuts and fruit with the occasional home made cake). I try to take my own lunch in to work and avoid buying sandwiches. So I’m just going to try to stick to that and improve my general body condition before upping the running miles.
In a quiet kind of way I do want to do a marathon next year.(late next year). I think that it will take me 5 1/2 hrs. I can do that, I can endure for that length of time. I can stand up and operate continuously for 8, ( though I usually take a little break after 4 or 5 hours), and I sometimes have clinics that run in to each other and go on for 10 hrs plus and I can tell you that despite a constant intake of sugar and caffeine that is an endurance event! So can I start jogging and just keep going for 26.2 miles? Likely I think. Deep down inside I wanted to do better, be a faster runner but over the last year I have done less not more and have not improved.
What I really need to accomplish is to not compare myself to others. I’ll be doing this for me, because is something that I want to achieve for myself. If I succeed at this it will be because I have ‘grit’ not talent.
I sometimes feel embarrassed because people ( ok a person) pointed out to me my slow times, (compared to theirs) which I think is a bit rude, but it still hurts. I have other talents but it would be crass to point out my successes outside running to ‘even up he score’ and ask how come they haven’t done so well, so I don’t. It does however knock your confidence and morale and make you think maybe you shouldn’t be blogging or even talking about it. Anyhow, time to put those playground politics behind me and be my own woman. For me and all the other dumpy middle aged women out there who just want to be a bit fitter and healthier. I say ‘bleugh’ to you colt limbed skinny things who even at our age just trot effortlessly along flicking your hair without a single drop of mascara smeared down your sweaty cheeks . 👻