34 years and 360 days…

19 Feb

It was so hard to get out of bed this morning to go to Run Camp. I really wanted to have a lie in, but I also knew that it was the day of our time trial, so I forced myself to get up. If I’m ever going to fit in Ironman training, I’m going to have to give up any semblance of a social life that I have AND learn to live with less sleep AND get faster, otherwise there’s no way I’ll fit it all in!!!

I ended up running a little late, so I didn’t really have the warm up that I would have liked before we had to do the 2k time trial. We did a loop on Southampton Common including the hill that I hate, but the good news was that we had to run it in reverse of what we do for parkrun, so it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. My time was nearly 11 minutes, which I’m disappointed with as I know I should be able to do it in under 10 minutes… but I can still feel Sunday’s run. Anyway, I managed to get through the rest of the session and just need to keep reminding myself THE LAST MILES COUNT THE MOST in any endurance event.

I tried to sneak in a few minutes online before going to work and was surprised to find an email in my inbox from Heartbreaker Run Festival. I had agreed to do the Heartbreak Half (a 14 mile hilly trail run) with my friend Irene, but forgot to enter on time. I felt terrible telling her that she’d have to do it on her own, so it was great to receive a message telling me that there is a place for me now. It also fits nicely into my training schedule which dictates that I should do a 15 mile run on Sunday… I think steep hills must make up that extra mile! Last year I did the course in 2:16, so hopefully, I can improve on that this year. I also intend to take advantage of the free soup, sauna and swimming afterwards… but need to remember that I have my first swimming lesson at  6:20pm and I want to go to Sprinkles Gelato afterwards. (I’ve never been there before, and it doesn’t fit into my diet plan, but it sounds amazing!!!)

I had a short bike ride to work before I got to sit down for an hour or so. It’s a gloriously sunny day outside, so I’m looking forward to cycling off for a work meeting… and I get to cycle home via the Post office where there’s a parcel waiting for me. I suspect it’s a birthday present from my sister that has arrived early – how exciting!!!

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