Bonjour et bienvenue to my very first update as I train and prepare for my very first marathon on 6th April 2014! My Eurostar ticket and hotel room are booked, the clock has started ticking… and no doubt these weekly updates are going to absolutely fly by (and/or bore you/me/the internet senseless) as the day I take my place on the start line in Paris approaches.
So far in my training, I have felt a bizarre and slightly unsettling sense of calm. I think I might still be in denial. I have also mostly just ignored running altogether recently, so training hasn’t got off to the best start. As I’ve spoken about, my personal life has gone a teeeeny bit up the spout very recently, so I’m not going to feel guilty at all about missing a few runs or cross training sessions, as moping has definitely – and rightly – taken priority.
Oh, and then there was that little occasion called Christmas, which might have also got in the way somewhat. I got a little bit drunk on Christmas Day, which again given the circumstances (and the fact it was CHRISTMAS!) is totally allowed. And for Christmas, I got a load of running goodies to make up for it when I eventually get round to stopping lying around in my PJs until the early afternoon and actually doing some training.
There was one little success this week which I almost forgot about. I took Julie Montagu‘s yoga class at TPYC on Monday and it was ACE. It was an hour of properly loud, brilliant Christmas tunes and as usual her class was super dynamic and very sweaty. AND I DID A WHEEL. I did a lot of dancing and acrobatics as a child and into my teens, but it’s been at least 10 years since I did a wheel. Now I just need to work on holding it for more than two breaths.
So, this week’s ‘training’ went as follows…
Monday 23rd December – 1 hour yoga practice
Tuesday 24th December – FESTIVE REST DAY (aka went to work then ate chocolate and drank Prosecco whilst watching Elf on the train to my parents’)
Wednesday 25th December – Christmas Day! I did a little 2.25 mile run with my Dad at 8am. It was brilliant! It was our first run together and I’ve even managed to persuade him and my brother to run the North Norfolk half marathon with me in May 2014.
Thursday 26th December – FESTIVE REST DAY (aka quite hungover so went to McDonald’s, then onto some Boxing Day football to watch my one Norwich City game I’ll see this season)
Friday 27th December – FESTIVE REST DAY (aka online sale shopping in my PJs, followed by a Chinese takeaway)
Saturday 28th December – FESTIVE REST DAY (aka more shopping and reading the entirety of Here’s Looking At You in one Kindle sitting)
Sunday 29th December – FESTIVE REST DAY (aka travelling back to London and tackling the post-Xmas washing loads of doom)
So, this week, I win at festive rest days. Which is Christmas training as it should be.