Orsi at 14KM

It’s been a while since I laced up my running shoes – more or less 9 months to the date to be exact – but now the time has come to get off my butt and get on my feet again.

The marathon really sucked the running life out of me and it messed up my poor knee that I have tried to rehabilitate by doing mainly strength training for almost a year.

But with the Hackney Half Marathon coming up in May, Nike Women’s 10K in June, Copenhagen Half Marathon in September, Amsterdam Half Marathon in October and the London MARATHON in April 2016 – I really have no more excuses to give.

The main goal this year is to get back into running and doing it injury free. But my other not-so-secret goal is to try to run a sub-2 half marathon in October, something I’ve always wanted to do but never been able to.

Hopefully by then I will have reached a certain level of fitness which will mean that I can make it through training for another marathon without injuring myself like last time (and maybe even improve my time, who knows?!).

So I hope you’re up for the ride as it’s gonna be another year (and a bit) with me moaning and complaining about everything running ;)

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Well hello there my friends,

You might be pleased to know that this crazy chest virus that I’ve been having for over 4 weeks is FINALLY on its way out. Was talking to an old friend to mine earlier today and realised that I’ve pretty much been ill 8 weeks out of the last 16 – which isn’t like me at all!

Anyway, I figured that due to the way the holiday days fell between Christmas and NYE, my new year would come into effect 5th January, and it kind of did.

Last week I started off with organising my life as much as I could (think planning, budgeting, making a start at creating new habits etc) but since I was still feeling weak and had a pretty bad cough, the plan was to get back into the whole fitness thing today… but it hasn’t really gone to plan.

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If I have learnt anything these last few years, it’s that you should let your body rest when it needs to rest, otherwise you’ll just end up taking forever to get better, or even worse, you get injured.

So taking my own advise, I have been a good girl and listened to my body and not done any exercise for over a month now because I didn’t want to start the year feeling like shit or with an injury (to be fair, only last week I was getting a bit dizzy and sweaty just from walking to the train station, so it was a good call…).

HOWEVER, fast forward a week and I am feeling much better! So much better in fact that I could have gone to the gym today (as planned!) and been fine.

But instead I snoozed all my alarms in the morning and gave up on going after work because I finished 1.5 hour later than usual and I just couldn’t face going to totally full gym with loads of newbies on my first time back since forever.

Of course now, 2 hours later, I’m regretting my lazy decision and I have made the grand plan of going tomorrow morning instead – but will I actually go or will I bail?

I can usually be pretty good at motivating myself, but it seems that since I lost my training buddy back in October and then went on having a rather irregular training schedule due to holidays or illness in November and December, I’ve somehow lost my training mojo.

I don’t feel like I have put on too much holiday weight over the last 4 weeks because my virus didn’t really allow me to indulge too much, but I do feel like I have become weaker and more sluggish – something I definitely want to change!

Plus, I have so many races and fitness goals this year – things that I am genuinely excited about!

So why is it then that despite being excited, Im somehow still feeling BLAH about it all?

Any of you felt the same way or have any tips on how to get “back on it” after such a long time off? Or is it as simple as “Just do it!”? (please don’t say that…!)

Orsii outside St Davids

I’m not sure how we ended up in the middle of September (feels like summer was just getting started!) but I can honestly say that the last 6 weeks have taken their toll on my health.

As some of you know, I gave up running after the marathon due to my knee issues and decided to focus more on strength training by going more frequently to the gym.

The first 6 weeks were great and after introducing “Junk Free July” at home, both me and my training partner Cata were progressing nicely and seeing instant results.

Then my birthday happened in the beginning of August, followed by a 10 day trip to Sweden, that was then followed by a visit from my mum, my graduation and various trips around the UK.

Despite being pretty good at keeping up my gym routine throughout it all (going about 3 times/week) I feel like I let the diet/food side of things slip by drinking more alcohol than I should, as well as consuming a bit more “treats” than I normally do.

I guess for a “normal” person this wouldn’t necessarily be an issue, but due to my stomach issues and not having done my “twice a year” detox in June/July (since Im not allowed to exercise when I do it and I didn’t want to give up going to the gym) I am now in a position where I feel incredibly shit.

After my stomach treatment that I underwent for over a year, if I eat healthy and balanced food (within my “tolerated diet”), exercise 3-4 times a week and only drink on the weekends, I don’t have much issues with my stomach these days.

However, indulging a little bit more than usual in the last 6 weeks (for being me – I wouldn’t say I have been massively unhealthy!) has had a profound impact on me and my health – much bigger than I thought it would!

I cheated on Wednesday morning this week by having a slice of tomato and a slice of ham (which Im allergic to but for some reason I couldn’t bloody resist it – overall I only slip up about 2-3 times a year!) and it is now Friday evening and Im still severely bloated and in incredible pain (and I have been more or less constantly!).

It is crazy to think that this constant pain and bloated stomach used to be my everyday life for so many many years… At least now I have proper tools to deal with it, which means I need to totally reboot my system!

To be able to do this I have

  • ordered my 7 day detox stuff (which is bloody expensive!)
  • set up a new training routine with Cata that we will stick to until I go on holiday end of October
  • ordered some hormone free protein powder so I can up my protein intake (which Im hoping will result in eating less carbs and gaining a bit more muscle!)
  • and this weekend I am going to try to put together some meal plans for the next 6 weeks by going through various fitness and paleo recipe blogs.

Fingers crossed that it will work because I don’t think I can go back living like this – just makes me feel depressed that I am so bloated and in so much pain all the time, not fun to be around at all!