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I feel like the Lone Ranger at times, but I’ve got to get on with it !

January 21, 2011

It’s been quite a while since my last post, so I have been trying to find time to give you all an update on how things are going for me.

It’s great to see the F4 back in the groove, fingers crossed we will maintain some form for another 14 weeks or so ?

2010 wasn’t the greatest year for me from July onwards. It started out well with my first half marathon at Silverstone, which went as well as I could have expected and I achieved what I set out too do, which was to run every step of that 13.1 miles. A couple of cycling events came next with Cambridge to Datchworth for the Teenage cancer trust and London to Brighton soon after. I even beat that horrible hill Ditchling Beacon for the first time after failing the climb in 2009.

The 12 mile option of the Stevenage challenge went ok and a bit of a laugh with Steve & Sharon, although the dreaded cramp set in after 9 miles or so.

Half marathons at Peterborough & St Neot’s didn’t go well at all after suffering cramps again at the 9 mile marker.

The plus point to the finish of the year was my charity entry into VLM 2011, and now that the rest of the F4 members have secured a place it’s getting exciting. Just got to raise that sponsorship money now, but plans are afoot with that.

I took some advice from a family member in December who is a senior instructor for David Lloyd. I asked for his advice on diet, core training, nutrition & hydration. The main focus was on my cramp problem, hydration and the need to stay hydrated all week long, not just on training days. This meant that my usual 8 cups of coffee a day in the office would be cut to a maximum of 3 cups, replacing the remaining 5 cups with glasses of water. I was told that someone my size would need to consume 3 litres of water a day to stay properly hydrated. I have tried to stick with it and so far apart from the frequent toilet breaks, it seems to be going ok to the point where I was able to complete a 13 mile run on Sunday with no cramps. Chuffed.com !

My VLM training is going slow & steady at the moment. I am having to improvise my training to suit my personal life so I am unable to train with my buddies during the week, although I have the opportunity to see them all on the longer Sunday runs.

I do feel like the Lone Ranger at times, not being able to go to the gym or attend circuit training, core training or even wobbly stick training, but needs must and my family comes first before anything else and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I have my own weights at home, or the kids to hold my feet when I attempt sit up’s in front of the TV, and I have the very fresh air at 5 in the morning to get me through. Believe me I will get through the training, by hook or by crook.

Here’s hoping that the positive start to the year continues.

Mind you being on the waggon until April will be a tall order. CL&SF doesn’t have the same ring to it ?

One day I will get the hang of this and add some pictures as well !

See you when your older

Jase. x

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One Comment leave one →
  1. January 22, 2011 8:03 am

    Jay,

    I know I would struggle to run at 5am, then do a days work and then look after the family in the evening. Think of the daily achievement, not the missing out.

    We all thought it was because of how Liverpool were going !!

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