This year I have completed five Ultra Marathons, competed in numerous trail events, ran numerous parkruns and according to Strava ran 1,212 miles so far this year (although this is likely to more due to battery and technology fails). You would think that this would mean that the running has gone well this year, however on reflection this has not really been the case. I might read back through 2017 blogs when I’m struggling to sleep to see if that’s really the case or maybe just how I am feeling at the moment. I do have tendency to recall the bad rather than the good.
I have lost speed, a bit like a rolling stone hitting mud! Now don’t get me wrong I don’t measure how well my running is going by speed, this would be silly, unless you are Mo Farah, which I’m not obviously as I am female, with short legs and white curly hair he is lucky enough not to be or have any of those attributes.
More importantly it’s not felt right on the whole. Not due to aches and pains or injuries ( although there has been some of that!) but due to feeling really hot, followed my nausea. I am hoping the magic that is HRT will sort out the over heating and the nausea will abate also, only time will tell.
Last weekend running buddy and I did a trail marathon, just over the Devon border in Somerset. I complained constantly the first six miles about how it was ridiculously warm for the end of October, but maybe that heat had more to do with the elevation profile!
By mile 10 I was looking for the end, fortunately running buddy is a patient man, although I am sure he was tempted to stop and dig a whole to bury me in, he certainly had time! All was not lost though, no bling to hang in the cupboard under the stairs, no tshirt to put at the bottom of the drawer, nope instead a lovely engraved glass, was given at the end.
Away from running life is about to get interesting, I’ve started a new job and middle Madam is returning from Oz and moving in with us with BF, the stress levels will no doubt rise and I am hoping that running will ease this and along with that improve my performance, kind of like a mental and physical BOGOF offer!