Well, spurred into action by AnnieW55 and Karenjones65, and the target of the Turn back Time Quest, I signed up and paid up this morning for the Great Western Run in Exeter on October 19th.
That gives me five weeks from yesterday to train. Sounds challenging, put like that, but I did a 10 miler on Saturday and made it from Couch to 5k in little over 9 weeks, so 10 miles to 13.1 in 5 weeks shouldn't be insurmountable, as long as i can stay injury free.
I went out for a recovery run today after the 16k on Saturday, and it was appalling. Worst run I have had in yonks. The whole of the first 5k my legs felt like lead, I was struggling with breathing and just wanted to stop. There was a lot of vertical gain between km 2 and 3 but even on the flat bits and gentle descents I was knackered. My ave time at 5k was 7.33. Things picked up a bit after that and I felt much better for the second half of the run, finishing with 6.01s. It still was not the best start to my HM schedule though.
Not that I am discouraged. I am pretty sure it was simply a matter of still being fatigued from the weekend. I am not running tomorrow, just an hour of Spin and a core workout, then Intervals on Wednesday.
It did bring home to me the need to sort out a proper regime for the next 5 weeks though, rather than my somewhat haphazard normal approach. I have a 10k to run in there somewhere as well, possibly the week before the HM but that should fit in quite nicely to a brief taper.
I also need to get back on track with my diet too. I have let the odd bit of bread and white pasta creep back in, have been eating meat 2 or 3 times a week, even had the occasional glass of wine and (horror of horrors) had a custard slice on Sunday. I've been having muesli with yogurt for breakfast instead of green smoothies. I haven't actually gained any weight, but I haven't lost any or any body fat for the past 3 weeks and felt heavy while running today rather than light and energetic.
So, no more meat or dairy or wine or white flour or sugar for the next 5 weeks, as of today. and tomorrow I will work out a proper plan for the time remaining.