It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and I've been offline for a while due to crazy work load, kiddo end of term commitments then a week off on holibobs in the New Forest with no wifi (really... No wifi... Just trees, wild horses, hills, more hills, donkeys and um trees - gorgeous!).
Sad to come back to injury news for Old Floss, delighted to hear of successes and run progress from fellow March grads and read the latest escapades of the week-ers, all doing great
So here it is... My honest and true update...
I'm out of routine (life got in the way), I'm a running blob (Easter eggs and wine got in the way) and I'm running scared again (gremlins got in the way)... I've managed just 4 not spectacular runs in 14 days. Disappointed in myself for sure and no excuses. The consolation is that our holibobs week was very active, long, long walks every day and cycling up HILLS (ouch!).
So, a run on the treadmill during work/kid mayhem week was a hot, frustrating very long 25 minutes, then I gave in (shameful). Two runs in the beautiful New Forest - fairly short, slow runs just taking in the scenery and tackling the hills.... breathtaking! Stunning, unspoilt countryside blemished by a Lycra-clad midlander huffing and puffing - it was tough work!
Then today's run... Back on the trusty canal, first an enjoyable and nicely paced 2k on my old stomping ground, but alas, gremlins started up at the 3k mark ("pah - you're exhausted!"), niggled on and on, then dealt a final flurry of insults that I didn't manage to defend just short of 5K and at 33 mins of running... "you've been a lazy, non-running, chocolate-eating madam and now look at you! You're so unfit you can't make the 5k... Your face is purple, your leg is hurting, you need to WALK, you can't breathe for goodness sake, that stitch hurts, give it up!"
So, it's back to work on Monday and back into routine - head up and move on, 3 X 5k runs a week - no excuses! New goal... By the end of April I'm going to have done my first park run... (It doesn't have to be quick, or pretty, but I have to be brave enough to do it - a 5k in 'real public', with other people... the whole thing, no walking and certainly no gremlins )
Sorry for the long update post. It's good to get this down, warts and all, as a record of my little fall off the running wagon... And motivation to get back on, sharpish! X