Patience vs Patient

Turns out I’m not very good at being ill.  Never felt more frustrated in my life! I last ran on Wednesday and now it’s Saturday! I can’t sit up without the room spinning but lying down for more than a few minutes is boring as hell!  

Thankfully I don’t have the horrendous tap dripping from my nose or a bark worse than an Alsatians.  I’ve drank the equivalent of my local swimming pool but I’m struggling to get food down me.  I was panicking over the pain in my legs and back so went to the doctor to get it checked it out.  Husband asked if I wanted him to come in which usually I would but given my first statement to the doctor was ‘I’m worried it will affect my running’ I thought best not this time.  I was told it’s just the virus so stop worrying (doctor clearly doesn’t run). 

The worst thing though, the absolute worst thing, is waking up this morning to an email from Strava telling me someone has stolen one of my course records!!! What the actual hell?!?!?  Who is she?!? What is she playing at?!? 

Naturally my first run as soon as I can stand for more than a couple of minutes is now well and truly planned out.

I’m aiming for tomorrow – dizzy or not.

The cheek of some people. 

Training Update

It’s been a bit up and down recently – literally.  I can now swim 2.5km so I’m comfortable knowing I can complete the Swimathon.  I’ve been working on the breathing and relaxing and have had a good few sessions following that.  Still haven’t managed to get to Masters yet though and it’s not looking like I will soon either. 

The route I run at lunch time is getting beyond boring.  I seem to be slowing down on it as well?! I’m going to start using a map finder thing to try and pick out new routes.  Tried a new one yesterday which was a nice change.  Lots of climbs and a bad ass one at the end.  The cold got to my throat though and now I’m ill.  Even had to come home early from work and I’m off today because of it.    Feels like a house is just crushing my body.  The dizziness is a pest.  Drinking lots of water though to wash it out.

I’ve noticed I’m not as flexible as I used to be and when I saw the podiatrist he remarked how tight my legs were.  So I’m going to force myself to do a lot more stretching.  I was shocked I couldn’t touch my toes when we were doing the cool down at my running club – I’ve always been able to do things like that.  Looks like I’ve set myself another goal!


So obviously rest day today, and quite possibly tomorrow to get rid of this bug.  Next weekend I have a 10k race which I’m looking forward to.  Got to stay positive 🙂 

How Do You Manage It All?

A question I’m sure everyone who has ever trained for something is asked at some point.  Recently though, this question has come up more and more.  That and the inevitable WHY do you do it?  I find these two questions are generally the same – very few people ask ‘how’ with the intention of doing it themselves, but some do take a little something away from my answer.  

There are 24hours in the day.  If you sleep for 8 and work for 8 you STILL have 8 hours left!  You get up at 7am, slowly wake up and get ready for work.  You could get up just 30mins earlier, go for a run and get ready that little bit faster.  You could even get up that little bit earlier and go to the gym before work – lots of people do it. 

“Ok but I have to get to and from work” – run! Cycle!  Even walk! It’s all exercise.  Get a lunch break?  What do you do?  Sit in a canteen for an hour, or at your desk for an hour because you can’t really leave?  You’re entitled to a lunch break, it’s law.  Does your work have a gym?  Join it.  Or, just go out for a run.  Grab some fruit and a yoghurt after.

So you’re back home after working, what are you doing?  Watching telly?  Catching up on the latest episode of the most recent must see show?  Record it, go to a class, go to the gym, go for a run, a cycle, a swim.  Get home and then watch it.  Safe in the knowledge you’ve earned that rest.  Instead of sitting watching telly for 2 hours having adverts rot your brain get some exercise for an hour, get home and fast forward those adverts – it’s much more satisfying. 

I just don’t believe people when they say they don’t have the time.  ‘I work all the time’ – you don’t work 24 hours a day.  ‘I’ve got kids’ – I have 3.  ‘I just don’t have the time’ – but you’ve time to watch Eastenders every night?  Or catch up on Facebook for the last 5 hours?  If you want something bad enough you will make yourself find the time to do it.  Time is already there – it’s YOU that makes the choice how you spend it.