I have been doing my best to keep up with my running schedule, and overall I think it has been going ok, but I am missing some key elements of my training like strength training sessions and the third run of the week…

I’m starting to think that I should stick to shorter miles during the week so it doesn’t take too much time, and focus on my speed, but it’s very difficult to push myself beyond my comfort zone when I’m tired after work.

I’ve been lucky enough to have some company on some of my runs the last few weeks and my gosh! I’m not sure when this happened (maybe during marathon training?) but I feel so much better when I am running with somebody opposed to running with myself (which wasn’t the case when I started running!).

I had a lovely 6 miler with Cata the other weekend and even though it felt like I was overheating to the max, it was SO NICE to be running with her again!

Sam joined me for his first run after the marathon last year out in Sweden. A very easy and breezy 7 miles, which made me realise just how hilly SE London is! No wonder Im struggling ;)

The biggest surprise was probably being asked by my old high-school friend Neil to come for a run! We managed 8 miles and he reminded me that the long runs can indeed be fun even if you’re not in the mood to run whatsoever.

Overall I would be lying if I said that I’m not struggling. I really want to improve my speed and my endurance – but annoyingly I know that both those things will only improve if I run more regularly…

Considering how shaky my life has been the last 6 weeks I think I’ve done ok, but I could be doing better! Now that I have started my new job, my main priority will be to get my head around my new schedule and try to create better habits and routines around that.

I suppose some good news are that I now work close to the RDC HQ, so Im excited about being back with the crew on a more regular basis. Not only does it mean I have one definite run a week, but it’s a run that I do with people I know will push me more than what Im capable of doing myself.

Annoyingly I missed my long run today due to some weird food poisoning / dodgy stomach situation but I’m still feeling rather positive about being able to complete the Hackney half in 5 weeks time.

On a separate note – my March challenge of drinking more water was going great until I went to Sweden. During and after the trip it quickly went downhill BUT I did feel much better during those two weeks so I’m going to try to start again and see how it goes, can’t let one little setback make me give up!

I honestly feel like Im starting to sound like a broken record…

So this week I set off with the best of intentions! The previous week had felt like a complete write-off and I was genuinely determined on getting my good habits back on track.

I started the week with a gym session and even though the gym was a bit too packed for my liking, I felt positive about my “fitness reboot”.

Come Tuesday I was still on track and ran the furthest I have done for a long time. I didn’t really enjoy the run but I felt like I was making progress.

On the Wednesday I decided to beat the crowds and went to the gym in the morning. The idea originally was to go and have a strength session in a local park with a friend – but due to the bad weather we had to reschedule.

I’m not sure at what point on Wednesday it all started to go a bit wrong, but by the afternoon I felt like I had been run over by a truck. My throat was starting to hurt, my nose started running, I felt cold and feverish and by the end of the day I had broken out into a super bad cold.

It’s literally the worst time ever for me to be ill, so I’ve desperately been stuffing myself full of all kinds of drugs and medicine, but nothing has really worked.

So now I’m on day 4 of this cold and I’m just OVER IT. Going to try my very best to shake it off in the coming day so I can get back on track with this damn half marathon training.

Starting to annoy myself now and I just want to get on with the running as I know that the quicker I get back into it, the easier it will be and the better I will ultimately feel.

Here’s to being lucky the third time around!

Last week I announced on the blog that I’m trying to get back into running after a 9 month break of only strength training.

Well, let’s just say that I pretty much failed with sticking to my plan all week last week.

I skipped my stretch and strength training on the Monday and went for a super short run on the Tuesday (but still the furthest I’ve run for a very long time…).

Not going to lie, the run was pretty shit as I still seem to have the remains of a nasty chest cold lurking inside of me (this has been an ongoing thing since DECEMBER 2014!) so I had difficulties breathing and then the snot went into my throat causing me to almost vomit – just not a very pretty sight overall.

This shit run didn’t really boost my moral and I once again skipped my strength training on the Wednesday.

Then Thursday showed up with such horrendous weather that I decided it would be stupid of me to go running in the pouring rain when the chest stuff was still dragging me down.

So I went for a 3 mile run on the Friday instead and it was a struggle. Very heavy legs, heavy breathing and I just couldn’t get into it at all.

Then the weekend came and as you know, it didn’t really go as I had planned.
I have to be honest, looking at the picture above reminds me of being at uni and I am amazed how some people can eat that garbage on the regular.

Not one of my proudest moments, especially if you think about the fact that Im actually allergic to all of it!

So with the huge disappointment that was last week I decided it just start over, new week – fresh start and mindset.

Yes I totally fucked up last week and yes I was incredibly disappointed with myself, but it happens, I’m not perfect.

I can’t let one shit week or shit period in my life ruin my focus and put me off my overall goal.

Yes it’s frustrating that things are not going the way I want them to and it is demoralising to be struggling with things I once used to be good at, but that is no excuse to stick my head in the sand or deliberately sabotaging my own progress.

So here’s to a fresh start! It might not be a perfect one, but at least I’m trying.