I must start with an apology for not having looked in more frequently since my "Why the **** did I enter the London Marathon" blog. It's been a hectic and stressful week at work and I've had to force myself out the door to keep on top of the 5x50 challenge.
My Much Better Half has been working away and I've missed him but thought I'd make the best of it by cycling and running more.
On Monday I had a tough day at work and felt quite wobbly and ill by the time I got home but, because of the 5x50 challenge made myself get out there and cycle. I spent the first 5km struggling and thinking I ought to give up but ended up doing nearer 14km, including lifting my bicycle over two stiles and a railway track. Tuesday night, I did a training session at running club and, while I'm still slow, I managed to improve noticeably with each lap of the interval training.
Last night, I got home from work feeling completely frazzled and I reluctantly set off to try and cover about 10km on my bicycle. I ended up doing over 30km - more than double my previous distance in one hit. Lots and lots of uphills and lots of stunning scenery and a couple of times I had to carry my bicycle over fallen trees (I got lost !). When I finally got home to an empty house, I rewarded myself with a bottle of red wine !
I expected to feel knackered and hungover this morning but instead I felt great and got up before the alarm. I'd planned to go to running club this evening but BH had to come home early so I missed doing any exercise. To make up for it, I'm planning to cycle to work and back tomorrow (7 miles each way) - that should get me back on track.
I'm loving this ! Two people I know are planning to buy bicycles after reading of my exploits on Facebook and at least two other people claim to have been inspired by me. I'm still a very slow plodder and I'll never win any prizes (unless I live 'til 120 and win a Best in Age Group prize).
15 months ago I started off on the C25K program and discovered this forum - little did I realise then what a HUGE step I was taking. Thank you C25K and thank you to everyone in this wonderful community !