Well played, December

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/d6e/18782832/files/2014/12/img_2416.jpgI always knew December was going to be a toughie. It has been noted that I can occasionally act more like a fifty-something than a twenty-something, but the prospect of a little less sleep and a little more socialising than normal was exciting. But what transpired was exhausting. This month saw way, way too many hangovers, most of which were earned on a school night. I’ve eaten a LOT of burritos and cried in front of a few too many of my colleagues. I’ve only run once. I’ve worked a lot. I’ve seen the inside of trains, planes, my GP surgery and a hospital. I’ve had an infection and a nasty chesty cough. I’ve made just one visit to the gym, at 2pm on a Thursday – and that was just because it was the only opportunity I had to shower between having been out the night before and going out again later that day. Gross.

I got to Christmas Day feeling decidedly more sluggish, podgy and generally unwell than I would have liked. I know that this is the very time for merriment (which was in abundance), but as usual, my boom or bust attitude to most things has left me feeling the opposite of relaxed. More than ever, I feel like a Christmas cliché, waiting for January to come along and sweep away all my missed workout and ‘one more glass of red’ guilt.

Most of all I feel panicked. I don’t think I possibly could have got marathon training off to a worse start. Barcelona marathon is eleven weeks away and I feel like I am literally at square zero. Time to practice what I’ve preached and try and do this running happy thing. There’s nothing else for it.


  1. 27th December 2014 / 2:56 PM

    Eleven weeks is more than enough. Take it steady and don’t panic. If you go crazy on mileage in the next few weeks you might risk injury. Slow and steady chick. You’ve run a marathon before. A few weeks of training and you’ll finish another one, stronger.

  2. 27th December 2014 / 5:22 PM

    Wise words from Magpie in the Sky, above. So many of us have missed training for one reason or another in December. You’ll be fine.

  3. 27th December 2014 / 6:07 PM

    Run happy baby! I’m with you. Also very happy to jump on your long runs if you want some no pressure company – as that fits with my secret (not so secret plan) to see if I can do the training and then maybe jump on a last minute marathon (!) as you do. Lets talk!

  4. 27th December 2014 / 8:25 PM

    I know that you can run a marathon. Just don’t pressure yourselft with times and paces or other people’s performance. Xx

  5. 28th December 2014 / 12:42 AM

    I’m one of those “fifty something” and it is certainly no sweat to be ready in 11 weeks. If I can do it, anyone can! 🙂

  6. 28th December 2014 / 10:22 AM

    I feel the same except i am only doing a half not a full marathon! Positive thinking and some good soild training from now in and you will be fine 🙂

  7. 28th December 2014 / 1:44 PM

    I feel the exact same and havin never ran a marathon before I am so nervous! Currently waiting for this chesty cough to shift and the in begins.

    I also need a buddy for long runs, where we just try to get the miles in at any pace and make it as fun as possible! X

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