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W8R0 - The best laid schemes o' mice an' men

"Gang aft agley" or "all go to mouse sh*t where running's concerned" (apologies to Mr Burns).

A week last Sunday I was doing so well on the last run of week 7 in Texas but what I hadn't realised was that it didn't get light until 7:30 and with meetings starting at 8:15 it was just impossible to get in my next run. I did consider the evenings but with temperatures hitting the low 80s (26/27c) it was just too hot to run.

California wasn't much better and by then I was in the leader's chair so my mind was rather elsewhere. Arriving back late Saturday I was determined to get out on Sunday morning, except I didn't see Sunday morning because I slept right through it. Oh well, Monday morning, same story, I was quite chirpy at 3:30am this morning, maybe I should have gone out running in the dark ? But come the usual British wake up time I was dead to the world.

I've mentioned before that I don't like lunchtime runs and so I don't know what possessed me (other than panic) to imagine that I would be good for 28 minutes, suffice to say I wasn't, my second crash and burn of the programme. Still, I'm not going to beat myself up about it. I'll go out Wednesday morning when I should be properly back on UK time and kick W8R1 into touch.

As much as I like the travel there's no place in the world like the UK and I'm glad to be home.

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Welcome back, Chewy. Don't be too hard on yourself, your body clock is bound to be messed up with the changes in time zones. Good luck for the proper W8R1.


Thanks Oona, you're absolutely right, I'll get my rhythm back and carry on.


Welcome home, Chewy. Yopu are brave attempting a run with jet lag. Don't beat yourself up, you'll be back again in no time!


Thanks Pele, your words of encouragement are very welcome :)


Jet lag is awful and catches you when you're not expecting it / think you're over it. I'm sure that's why your run went "agley". Wouldn't worry about it, your body's been through a lot of environmental and time changes plus all the stress of work. You'll be fine once you've recovered.


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