I’ve just come back from a fab week at Center Parcs with my bro and his family. It was awesome spending so much time with my nephew who is now 5 months old, and I think we have started a new family tradition as we were already discussing next years dates before we left.
On the down side, my running has taken a back seat. I only ran once whilst I was there, and here I am on Saturday morning lonunging on the sofa rather than out pounding the streets. In fact I seem to have tapered the last 2 weeks. In the month of March I have only run 5 times – 2m, 16m, 4m, 13.1m and 4.2m. Hmm. NOT good marathon training I suspect. so it’s back on the treadmill this week (so to speak) with a long run planned tomorrow and then a minimum of 4 sessions next week.
The other down side is that I used Center Parcs as (another) excuse to eat rubbish, and as of this morning I am the same weight as I was in January last year! I know some of that is muscle as I am a completely different shape, but even hubby (with a fearful look on his face like he thought he was going to get slapped for saying it but in fact I probably needed his honesty) mentioned my muffin top whilst I was drinking an oreo cookie milkshake (sooo good) on Thursday, so I know it’s time to do something about it. My brother has always struggled with his weight too, a few years ago he lost 5 stone and has mostly kept it off. We had a long chat about hows and whys, and decided I am a balancer – I use running as an excuse to eat badly, sometimes before I’ve even done the run i.e. last night at Zizzi – ‘oh its ok for me to have a starter and a dessert because I’m doing a long run tomorrow’ but said run has not materialised…
My extra weight is slowing me down – even if I lose just 2 lbs a week between now and marathon day, that will make me 20 seconds per mile faster – over 26.2. miles that’s nearly 9 minutes, and explains why my last 2 half marathon times have been crap. So Monday is D-day – no more crisps, chocolate, or over processed foods. I am vowing to increase my intake of fruit, veg and water, and get my bloody trainers on!