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I’m super excited to share that this Sunday I will be doing my first ever run for charity!

Together with my badass girls from Food & Lycra, and as part of the ‘This Girl Can’ initiative, we will be running and raising money for Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.

Laureus funds sports activities for disadvantaged young people around the world. They promote the positive effect that sport has in tackling some of the world’s most challenging social issues.

You can DONATE HERE and find out more about the Food & Lycra initiative here.

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!