I’ve been away for a while.
I didn’t complete a 100km run. I had more important things to worry about and my training became non existent.
The reasons are two fold. I went through an enforced career change. I worked for my best friend of 25 years and he was best man at my wedding and I was technically let go. For lots of different reasons that some people may know and others will never know. I quickly found other employment and had to try to adjust to the pace of this new job and it was hard to begin with.
A few months later and blow number 2 My lovely bride of all of nine months says we should end our marriage and no she doesn’t want to work at it.
Although one event may not have directly caused the other lets just say that it definitely had an impact.
That happened in June. I admit I may have wallowed in a bit of self pity for a while but luckily not for long.
I got back to what I’m good at (technically) running away from my problems. Or at least taking better care of my health both physically and mentally.
I’m still grossly overweight and I do eat too much but I am a lot fitter than I was.
In September (actually the date of my 1s wedding anniversary) I ran the equinox 24hour race with a team of Stopsley Striders. It was a very hilly off road 10k course. I managed every one of my 3 laps in less than 70 minutes (per lap of course) including 1 night lap.
Since then I’ve managed a 29.23 minute park run and I trained myself up for the Luton half marathon and completed it in 2 hours 9 minutes and 9 seconds which was over 5 minutes quicker than the time I was hoping to beat. My friend Ashley did the race with me and beat his best time for the distance by a significant margin.
My goals for the near future are to beat my park run time of 28.38. If I can do that it will be the fastest I’ve ran a park run since july 2016. Which would be amazing. Running anything quicker than my last park run would be the fastest I’ve run in 2017 so fingers crossed I’ll do it this weekend.
I also hope to compete in the Bedford half marathon in December and improve on my half marathon time. I have entered the Wolverton 5 Mile race and I should easily get a sub 50 minute run. If I can get anywhere near 48 minutes I will be well pleased.
In a fit of complete lunacy I booked a solo place at the spitfire scramble so the 100km challenge is back on. I think I am going to have to run another marathon this year and a lot of extra training. At the moment I am still in the build up phase. I’ve managed to put in almost 25 miles of running some weeks so hopefully I can get that up and calm down on the snacking and get my weight down once again.
I’m hoping that I will stealthily become an athlete like last time. When I really trained I never even realised how good I was till I started putting on weight and training less.
As a last thing I would like to thank all my friends for their encouragement and support. Without you I might be in a much darker place (not that it isn’t always easy). Also thank you to at least 2 of my blog readers who encouraged me to fire up the keyboard once again.