I’ve lost it. Not my mind, yet (although sometimes I feel it slipping away), but my running mojo. After the most ridiculously amazing training cycle for the New York Marathon and smashing my PB, I just haven’t been able to get back in to that happy running place in 2014.
My right knee and hip have been playing up over the last few months, I’m currently seeing a physio who is helping to make things feel better, as well as ‘fixing’ me for the long run. I have some ambitious marathon goals in September and further down the line, so I need to be in tip top shape to train hard this summer.
Thinking of the near future, the Paris marathon is just 6 weeks away, and my training has been less than stellar. I need to up my game, as well as adjust my mental attitude towards running over the next few weeks to get me ready to toe the start line. Here’s how I’m getting my mind and body ready:
I went through the whole of January without racing once, and now I’ve signed myself up to race every weekend bar one in the run up to Paris. I am really excited about running the Surrey Half next weekend with Tom- his first half marathon, and the first time this event will be held. I am slightly worried that Tom might be uber fast and smash my current PB time.
When I ran my first marathon I was running to raise money for MIND in memory of my friend Vic. Whenever I didn’t want to run, or wanted to quit mid way through a 18 miler, I would think of him and keep pushing forwards. Whilst I’m not raising money for the Paris marathon, (or any of my other races), I will be thinking about my friend Leah’s boyfriend who recently lost part of his leg during a cancer battle. They are currently trying to raise money to buy him a prosthetic that will allow him to walk again, and hopefully, run again in the future. If you’d like to donate to this awesome cause, or spare a thought for Paul during your next run, please do. You can find out more info on his Just Giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/yimby/PaulBarker
Leah and I aged 18 at a fancy dress party, pretty sure the theme was ‘I wish I was’
During my NYC marathon training I took a lot of exercise classes, and tried out a lot of new fitness trends. This kept me interested, motivated and worked different muscles during each class. I tried out a new spinning studio, Psycle, a few weeks ago and have fallen in love with this fast paced, feel good workout.
It is unlike any spinning class I’ve taken before (it starts with clapping), the music and instructors are awesome, and whilst you leave with an ‘I’ve worked hard’ feeling, it’s not the ‘my thighs are burning and I may never walk properly again’ sensation that puts me off spinning during marathon training. I cannot recommend Psycle enough and am hoping to add a class to my weekly schedule- the only downside is the £20 classes (birthday wish list I think!)
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again- I love running with other people. Whether it’s pushing them to finish a half marathon, or getting encouragement from them that I can run faster. This training cycle I’ve completed a lot of my long runs with others, but not my midweek runs. This week I’ve arranged to meet up with one of the Runner’s World team for a lunchtime run, and Steph for an early morning river jaunt. No excuses.