Never have a day Zero

Hey, how are you? It’s a troubling time and I hope your ok.

It’s been a while and well in truth I didn’t feel like I was doing anything worthy of putting up here.

Yes I did Disney and oh my it was hard but I feel like I failed it because honestly I didn’t finish the whole thing. If you read anything up on this years Disney (2020) you’ll see that the marathon was cut short due to the temperature, humidity and the late start and whilst it was a manager decision I still feel like it’s a failed attempt. We’re hoping to go back in 2023, which brings me around about what this post is about.

Apart from the odd mile here and there I have not done anything since Disney and if we are honest before that. I’ve let myself go in the worst way and back to my overeating ways which in turn has ballooned my weight up to 20 stone again, I said I’d never be back at this weight but I’m so stressed and scared that I’m just eating my worries away.

None of this is getting me anywhere near any of my goals whether it’s the one to run a marathon, or the one to run an ultra, the ride a century or to ride around the TT course and my ultimate one to do an Ironman before I’m 40.

I kinda need to get my bum back in gear lol, so welcome to m6 new training diary. Everything cancelled at the moment (apart from Disney in September but I doubt we’ll open our border by then), so I’m not aiming for anything, though I’d love to run a 5K or longer for my birthday on the 24th June.

Now as my ultimate goal is an Ironman I’d be discussing with you about all the disciplines but no swimming pools are open and I’m not confident for sea swimming yet, so it’s just running and cycling at the moment.

I’ve been using Zwift for my cycling with our dumb trainer which I’ve been loving even if my coccyx hasn’t.

So this weeks aims are:

Cycling – 50 miles +

Running – a mile a day (I’ll be run/walking but I’ll be happy!)

Diet – drink 2 liters a day and 1800/2000 calories.

I’m also hoping to keep the No Zero Days mentality. My sister was telling me about it and after a good search I found it on reddit and the general pretense is to do one thing to work towards your goal everyday, however simple it is you will be working towards your goal. As my ultimate goal is an Ironman this is the one I’m working towards.

I hope your ready, this shit is about to get real!

Training Diary – Week 13, Panic stations

So let’s start with this, last Sunday we were supposed to run 20 miles to get back into our training program and well that didn’t work out. At all.

The other half got ill and sadly spent the weekend throwing up so the run just didn’t happen, one way or the other. What did happen was a great weekend of catching up with the NFL and drinking lots of coffee.

Also not working in our favour is that on our last run at mile 15ish Corrines knee went and she was in a lot of pain for the last mile and especially the walk after we finished running, so we decided just to give her knee more time to fix itself.

So my “training” said this week is supposed to go like this;

Week 13 11th – 17th November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 7 Miles

And this is actually what happen!

Monday 11th Nov 19
Yay our normal rest day and I went straight onto a diet. Mostly because I want to make the effort to lose some weight before we go away and mostly because I want to make it easier to run. So this morning I weighed myself in at 261 lbs.

Yeah not my heaviest and not my lightest. I did manage to get into the 240’s prior to Run rock’n’roll Liverpool and that’s where I ran my fastest times, so I’d like to get somewhere near there. Just means I’ve got some work to do!

Tuesday 12th Nov 19

On Tuesday I was supposed to run on the treadmill after work, mainly just to get my runs in. Wellll I was stupid and forgot my running shoes so the other half brought them in and I finished early like I was going to and we did around 5 Miles. It was tough but really good.

Wednesday 13th Nov 19
Yep nothing happened here!

Thursday 14th Nov 19

On Thursday, I was a very brave girl. I cannot remember what I was looking for but I managed to stumble onto the Triathlon Club page on the IOM and they were doing some winter training up on the outdoor track and well I went!

We did a dynamic warm ups, then 5×3 endurance running and then a cool down lap. I loved every minute of it, seriously and will be doing it every week I can! Makes me excited to see where I can progress. Also hopefully I can get to know some of the Tri people and see what they do for training.

Friday 15th Nov 19
Nothing happened lol

Saturday 16th Nov 19
Nothing happened again!

Sunday 17th Nov 19

Oh Sunday, how I wish you went a lot better. Turns out my sisters knee is fecked, I’m hoping it’s just an IT band thing and that with some physio she can get it fixed but I am freaking out around about now. We managed 10 miles before it gave in, 10 when it was supposed to be 20. I think if we managed 13 we might have been OK but only the world knows. We’ve now got 7 weeks left to make this worthwhile and I’m going to try everything I can do to make this happen.

Overall I can see that I need to do more on the days when I’m not doing anything even if it means I go back to the gym which is what I’m wanting to do, I also really want to go back to Lift Like a Girl as I miss it but with the long runs it’s sometimes really hard to do both.

Also I’ve started thinking about what I want next year to look like. I haven’t got long till the year creeps up on me and I really really want to have goals and aims to work towards other than my racing!

Anyhow here’s to next week and hopefully Corrine seeing a Physio!

Disney Training – The Plan

So this week is the week, the week we start training and I thought now would be as good time as any to explain how we are going to train for the Dopey Challenge.

In the first instance one thing to remember is that it will be getting cold here quite soon and we live in the Isle of Man so there is no way really for us to train how to run in the humidity. We’re obviously just going to wing it when we get there and hope for the best!

I found our training plan online, I think it might be the actual one Disney gives you but I’ve changed it slightly, instead of doing the run, walk, run we are just going to run and if that is to much we’ll just learn to run, walk, run. We’ve never ran a full marathon before, so however excited I am, I’m also a wee bit scared about it all! I’ve also changed the 45 minutes run to 4 Miles, as that’s basically the same for me, not so much my sister, she’s fast but it will work for me.

So we have 20 weeks till we go to Disney, is now a good time to panic???!!

Jesus I didn’t realise it was so close till I counted it lol.

Week 1 19th – 25th August
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 9 Miles

Week 2 26th – 1st September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 3 Miles

Week 3 2nd – 8th September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 11 Miles

There is the potential that because Sunday is the day of the End2End that I am supporting the other half so won’t be able to do both LLAG or the run but we will see!

Week 4 9th – 15th September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 3 Miles

Week 5 16th – 22nd September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 13 Miles

Week 6 23rd – 29th September
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 3 Miles

Week 7 30th – 6th October
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run

Ok this is where the training get’s interesting!! I’m of to Leicester on the 4th/5th (not booked the boat yet so unsure on which day lol), and well if it’s the 4th I can get a Park Run in and if it’s the 5th I wont be able to. Then again it doesn’t really matter which option I take because on the 6th I’ve got the Leicester Half Marathon and I want to do my best ever in this event. As long as we keep going back to the other half’s parents in Leicester in October I will be doing this event and with it being my first ever half I think it’s a really good way to see my progression.

Failing any of the above, my diary say’s were supposed to do 15 Miles so once we’ve ran the Half Marathon we’ll (my sister is coming over to just do the event with me) do the other 2.5 miles. Glutton for punishment, I’m certain of it lol.

Week 8 7th – 13th October
Still on Holiday
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 3 Miles

Week 9 14th – 20th October
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 17 Miles
So we’re still on holiday for this long run and when I talked to the other half on what I could do, I came up with the idea of running around Rutland water, which is around exactly 17 miles. Woop Woop. He’s going to go and cycle and I’m going to run. I’m really looking forward to it.

Week 10 21st – 27th October
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 5 Miles

Week 11 28th – 3rd November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 6 Miles

Week 12 4th – 10th November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 20 Miles

Week 13 11th – 17th November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 7 Miles

Week 14 18th – 24th November
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 10 Miles

Week 15 25th – 1st December
Tuesday – 4 Mile Run

Block 1 – First Block, eeeekkkkk
Thursday – 4 Miles
Friday – 4 Miles
Saturday – 10 Miles
Sunday – 23 Miles

Not only does the 23 Miles freak me out but that block is serious!

Week 16 2nd – 8th December
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 6 Miles

Week 17 9th – 15th December
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – 7 Miles

We’re in Berlin for the Christmas Markets this weekend so I am hoping we can get a foreign Park Run in and a little pottle around somewhere for the 7 Miles.

Week 18 16th – 22nd December
Tuesday – 4 Mile Run

Block 2 – Second Block, super ekkkkk
Thursday – 4 Miles
Friday – 5 Miles
Saturday – 12 Miles
Sunday – 26 Miles (not even going to think of this mileage!!)

Week 19 23rd – 29th December (Happy Christmas!)
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 6 Miles

Week 20 30th – 5th January
Tue/Thur – 4 Mile Run
Saturday – Park Run
Sunday – Lift Like a Girl // 7 Miles

Then on the 6th we’re flying out ekkkkk, so that’s it for now. I’m going to try my hardest to keep to this and if I want to do a couple of more runs in or miles then I will do!

I’ll also be doing cross training during this, which will mostly be cycling and weight lifting.

We’ve gone a wee bit Dopey!!

So last year when I started to get into running I was looking online and found something called the Dopey Challenge in Disney World, now me being me I kinda got hooked and once I got hooked I had to show my sisters.

This turned into dreaming up a holiday of Epic proportions for my sisters 40th in 2020 and well we’ve been talking about it now for a good almost year so when the tickets came up this past couple of days we jumped on them to get our Dopey tickets. They were expensive but I am so freaking EXCITED!!

Image result for disney dopey challenge

Now your probably wondering what the Dopey Challenge is well its 4 races over 4 days! On the Thursday you have a 5K, on the Friday you have a 10K, on the Saturday you have a Half Marathon and on the Sunday you have a Full Marathon. So over the whole 4 days that’s 48.6 Miles!

Yes we are mad!

I’ll be looking at marathon plans over the next couple of weeks as this will be our first full marathon and we’ve already decided that we want to spend a few days in Disney, a few days in Chicago, a few days in New York and a few days in Las Vegas!! I’ve told everyone who will listen but we’re going for 3 weeks!! Going to America for 3 weeks and I cannot wait, seriously cannot wait. It’s going to be a lot for us with the running and all the walking we are looking at doing, we’ll be doing to every museum we can do, but I know it’s going to be so so worth it.