Sixteen weeks to go to Virgin London Marathon 2017 and I have my training plan at the ready. Shit. Shit. Oh shit!
2016 was by no means a good year in building strong miles – work stress, life stress, catching everything going around and injuries.
On the good side, having lost my mojo, I found it again with the help of my running buddies. While mojo is still lurking about, my fitness has taken a dive. It’s been a huge year – making the decision to bring my current career to an end, family stuff and spending a fair amount of time being a stressed out miserable git.
On the upside, I have left 2016 feeling more positive about what the future holds than ever before. Feeling good!
I enter 2017 with high hopes and a good sense of panic given my current state of unfitness when I think about only 16 weeks to go to the London Marathon.
I have a training plan – starting from a base of about 15 miles a week up to a max of 38 with a build up of long runs to 20 miles. And running weeks start on a Saturday which I great because the long run is done with but the time you need to make up any miles. But I need to do more than just the miles. I have 5 other ambitions in the months ahead.
My diet hasn’t been awful thought I have to admit there has been a little too much in the way of wine and crisps in 2016. Time to make a few tweaks and eat the stuff that gives me energy, though I’m sure along the way there will be a serving or two of Gin and Tonic Cake!
I’m not a speedy runner. I have a fear of races. But, I know I get a huge push out of them. It’s time to do some signing up and schedule in a Parkrun once a month to see how I’m going on pace and get used to running with more than just a few other folks.
3. Building strength and resilience
It’s time to get my butt in gear and be consistent with core exercises, rolling and regular sports massages – I have a bad back with the same disc slipping twice and ongoing facet joint issues; and I’m ridiculously injury prone. I’m even planning a pilates class or two and might try spinning. The challenge is while I’m happy to run and love the sports massages (there’s a masochist in me I know), I hate classes, core exercises are boring and rolling HURTS! Then again I never thought I’d learn to love running so I’ll give it a shot.
Sleep has been a little hit and miss in 2016 so here’s time to decreasing the caffeine (only a little….), cutting down on screen time and getting to bed earlier.
Last but by no means least – my ambition is to enjoy the journey. I can take myself way too seriously. It’s time to chill and have some fun!
I’ll keep you posted and in the meantime, happy trails!