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Training hard again

10 Aug

At the start of October I will be running a half marathon for the first time in a long time. I was partly strongly encouraged to do it because my boyfriend is also taking part and it was partly my own decision because I desperately need a fitness goal to motivate me.

In 2012, I was in the shape of my life. I ran a marathon (not very fast but I did it nonetheless) after getting quite heavily into running. Since then running and the whole topic of fitness has dropped off my agenda, although it shouldn’t have because I felt so much better back then.

The hardest thing for me is not the running itself; it is the getting out of the door in the first place. It always seems like a pain to go running. I need to get changed, think of where I want to run and then get out of the door etc etc. The actual running I enjoy. I’m outside and feel pretty good. I don’t even mind if it is raining. A run in the cold, wet rain means a long, hot shower is waiting at home.

Of course, the road to a half marathon does not run smooth. Training was going relatively well. I was managing a long run at least once a week and was being sensible about increasing it a bit each week. I was even doing a bit of cross-training by getting back on my bike for the first time and cycling about 20km.

On Monday it went downhill when I started with a bad cold/sore throat/cough. I have been completely wiped out by it. I wanted to at least try to go for a short run but my body was telling me that this was not going to happen.

So instead of long runs in the countryside I have been lounging on the sofa feeling sorry for myself and trying every home remedy known to mankind.

I am finally beginning to feel better. I managed to leave the house this evening and go for an hour long walk. I was in need of some fresh air. Fingers crossed I can resume training in the next few days. There is still 6 or 7 weeks left for training which should be enough. If I stay disciplined and get myself out of the front door regularly- And that is a big if!

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On the run…

8 Jul

After a break from running, more due to laziness than life threatening injury, I am back.

Before moving to Switzerland I ran a marathon and was working out hard at least 5 or 6 times a week. With the move and the upheaval (and the fact that to meet people it seems to be almost mandatory to have a beer), I just never sorted out my exercise routine. Now I have almost been in Switzerland for two years and I weigh more and feel less good about myself.

So I am back running. I even went running in the rain this lunchtime with some work colleagues. It wasn’t a long distance – in fact nothing compared to the distances I was covering when I was marathon training – but I did it.

Most people are put off running in the rain but I think there is something about running in the cold and the wet that gives you almost super human powers. Running with your head down and the wind blowing in your face, it feels like more of an achievement than running in clement weather. You almost feel like looking up to the skies and shouting “Come on weather! Is this the best that you can do? I’m winning!”

And that’s how I feel for now. Elated. Energetic. Enthused.

How long this will last for is anyone’s guess… I will just take it one step at a time.