Sometimes being a sensible adult sucks. Like making the decision to bring your packed lunch rather than spend £8 at Pret everyday. Or realising that you can’t take up the awesome blog opportunity because uni work has to take priority. Or paying your tax rather than getting a pair of Valentino Rockstuds for your wedding…
Making the sensible decision is sometimes financially driven or health driven, it can mean prioritising friends and family over yourself, or doing what you need to do rather than what you want to do.
After getting back from my honeymoon, I came to the realisation that I was not in the place I needed to be with a marathon 7 weeks away. Then came the email from university that told me that I was scheduled to have my OSCE (a big practical exam the day before said marathon).
And suddenly the decision to run the Richmond Marathon in November seemed like more pressure than I needed right now. It would mean jumping from 14 mile long runs to a 20 mile long run. It would mean asking to swap my OSCE time to fly to Virginia, and race the following day.
So I’m going to defer my place (if they let me!!)
It was like a weight lifted off me the moment that decision was made (and confirmed both by coach and Tom that I’d made the right one). I’ve shared that my anxiety has been pretty out of control lately and making this decision has helped more than I realised it would. Not only am I not worrying about increasing my mileage so much, the cost of the trip but I can focus on my exam in a couple of weeks without the stress of changing my ‘slot’.
I had resigned myself to the fact that it would be a marathon to survive, one for fun, one to film, try to enjoy and explore a new city. However, right now though honestly, I don’t want that. I want to know that the hours I dedicate to running are to get faster. Personally, there’s a time and place for fun running (don’t get me wrong) but I want to know that my 5am starts are for more than just another marathon medal. They’re for improvements in strength, speed, stamina…
They are to give my everything to my marathon race.
My goal race.
The Tokyo Marathon in February.
It will be my sixth and final marathon major, and getting the Six Star Medal and a PB would be an incredible finish to the big six. After what happened last year (read about it here) I am even more determined to get to the starting line in my best shape ever.
Therefore, I’m spending the money I’m saving by not going on my trip to Virginia on personal training sessions, on regular sports massage, on making sure that I am fit and healthy, to run my best race.
I’m working with Function 360 Physiotherapy in Moorgate, and utilising their expert team to improve my running efficiency (putting into practice the technique I learned last year at The Running School). I’m working with Harvey on Pre-Hab (i.e. working to avoid getting injured rather than just doing these sorts of functional movements once I’m injured). He’s a Rehab and Corrective Exercise Specialist (with a background in rugby so we disagree on a few of the movement names – cat/camel anyone??). His workouts are brutal but even after two weeks, I can feel how much of a difference they are going to make. One of his clients just knocked 11 minutes off their half marathon!
As well as working with Harvey, I’ve been seeing Jordane for physio and dry needling (my favourite, read about how it might help you here) and I’m having sports massages with Leyla – first one on Thursday. My legs and shoulders are more than ready for it.
I recently completed a gait analysis with Jordane – check out the video below for more info plus I promise to post a full blog on the experience, results and subsequent changes 🙂
They’ve been kind enough to give me a code to share with you guys to give you 15% off any treatment at Function 360. Just use the code #F360CW15
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