This past week has been something of a mixed bag really but thankfully the positives are outnumbering the negatives. So let’s start with the negatives.
- Had to abandon COLT running on Wednesday as I couldn’t breathe, my chest was too tight. The last mile although uphill was almost 15 minutes. Shocking!!
- Missed the rest of the week until this Monday in terms of training.
- Ate my last piece of Christmas cake until December 2013 ( very nice it was too – Em is a good baker )
- Missed my early morning swim today as I discovered I’d left my kit in my office at work – NUMPTY!!
- It’s bloody cold.
- Newcastle United.
- Pulled out of Helsby Half Marathon this Sunday.
- Car troubles
- Paying tax on book royalties – total minefield.
Ok so none of them are serious problems, I’m alive, so on to the positive.
- I returned to running with a 3 mile run at an average pace of 8.25min mile.
- As I wasn’t out training I spent more quality time with my girls.
- New Cycling shoes arrived – nice, shiny and comfy.
- Started logging all training on Strava/Garmin Connect.
- Still cycled for 20-30 mins every day on my commute, so the week wasn’t a total loss, and abandoned run was 7 miles.
- Book 2 finally hits the shops and is well received by most people.
- Reading the messages of support on my blog – thanks peeps 🙂
- Listening to Swedish House Mafia whilst writing my training plan – seriously motivating.
- Looking forward to starting said plan on Monday, 24 weeks until the Outlaw.
- Keeping a hand written food diary/ training diary.
- Getting on the scales and looking at a 5lb loss.
- The new series of Bones started on Sky One.
- Entered the Jodrell Bank Sportive.
SO I have a lot to be thankful for in the past week. I’m not 100%, hence the reason I pulled out of the Helsby race, after all it would be a 3 hr round trip, I’d not do myself justice and I’d probably be p*ssed off with my performance. So I’ll just go ride my bike instead.
My training plan is almost done – I can’t tell you how excited I am at the prospect of following it, I so want this year to be a success unlike the last few in terms of performance. The key for me will be the weight, I need it to come down, I am over a stone lighter than what I was at the Outlaw last summer. I need to be at least 2 stone less than I am now to have any chance of achieving my goals.
I won’t bore you too much with weekly weigh-ins etc, but I will keep you updated from time to time. As a motivator I’ve decided that if I don’t reach my target weight by the Outlaw, then I won’t race, I shall be retired. Obviously I will race but that’s what I’m telling myself, as hopefully it will keep me on the straight and narrow.
A long way to go, a lot of hard work to do and it’ll be fun and games but at least the scales have tipped in my favour this week. Stay positive everyone, I know I am.