Where to start? It’s been a while.
Firstly, an apology. I have struggled with things a bit this year and a self-imposed social media ban/ ration helped a bit. The tricky side of that was ensuring I kept up with all the incredible adventures of the team. The ultras that some of you have tackle this year have blown me away. I read most posts, I did miss a few . Then with both my daughter away at Uni this year it seemed like a good idea to take up new opportunities and travel with work, which in the past I have turned down. Unfortunately, this meant I was away in San Diego for the London Marathon which I soo wanted to join the cheering squad for. All is good now but the longer you stay away the harder it is to come back – thank you for the prompt Head coach.x x x
Looking forward rather than backwards, The New York Marathon, Marathon No 10, is still the focus for me. My place is confirmed, and the flights are booked. I am so excited! My daughters and my sister are coming out with me (but shhh don’t tell Roxy as she will very jealous) and better still Gary, my long-distance love interest, has taken up running and will run with me – or probably by then about an hour in front of me. Roxy was a little miffed at first to be replaced as a training partner, but Gary has installed a dog house in his house and brought her a fluffy basket for when she comes to stay, so she is warming to the idea.
The upside of all the travel is that I make a real point of travelling with my running stuff. Runs from Dublin, Stockholm, San Diego, South Wales, Milan and Lisbon have all been posted and ensured that my training stays on track and exciting.
I have also joined a running club with my brother which forces me to go. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the running club, I spend all day Thursday hoping from for a text from my brother saying he can’t make it, and hence letting me off too. But once I am there I really enjoy it, everyone is lovely and chatty, and it’s been great finding new running routes that I had never thought of, it’s just the pace is right on the edge of my top pace and I find it really really tough.
Its 14 weeks until New York, and I think I am on plan. This last weekend I ran 12 miles fairly comfortably in just over 2 hrs. And the same doubts as always at this stage kicked in… knowing I could have run 15 miles wondering will the other 11 come from. But I have been here before and know that you just have to take it a week at a time. onwards and upwards.
Happy running everyone! Go out and continue to smash your way through though challenges.
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