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!

2019 a year in review

So while I am trying not to panic over the Dopey and feel very very meh about everything in general. I’ve actually done really well up till the last couple of months and I know it’s because I’m not going out. Heyho here’s to next year!

January

On my sisters 39th we started to really think about whether we could do the Disney Dopey challenge and spent the day making lists, I also started to go to physio as I had bad pain in my hip.

February

In February we did our local Park Run’s 50th run, which was exciting and really cool. I also added more Pokemon onto my sleeve and went to my Lift Like a Girl class regularly.

March

Oh my I loved March not only were we on holiday to the other half’s parents which I love more than anything but it also was the Leicester 10K and the Coventry Half Marathon, whereas my first half was just pure rain this was super hot. You couldnt of got two halfs together which were so opposite. I also somehow managed to get a PB time for the 10K and also for the Half.

April

In April I cycled more than I had done in a while, over 120km to be exact and I loved it! I also managed to hurt my back by lifting way to much weight in LLAG which meant I missed out on the Easter Festival of Running, what I did do was marshall the whole event and cheered on my sister as loud as I could do.

We also scarily booked ourselves onto the Dopey Challenge for January 2020!

May

May was super busy and brought the sister power, not only with the Liverpool Springs but also with the Liverpool Run Rock’n’Roll races and OH MY GOD when I say that I loved both of them so much, I really mean it.

The Liverpool Springs was well managed, the medals were ace and we managed to do it all on a steal. If I had the holidays left I’d be doing it in 2020 and beyond.

Liverpool Run Rock’n’Roll was something else, this was my first major event. I thought there was a lot for the Liverpool Springs 10K but that didn’t prepare me for the Liverpool Run Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon. The expo was amazing and when everyone says the last few miles are killer because it’s along the river and boring as anything especially when you have a headwind, they are not lying. It was a horror!! And I’m doing it again in 2020!!! Cannot f’in wait!!!

We also did the Harbour to Harbour walk which I loved to bits and will hopefully be doing in 2020.

I also got reminded by Facebook that it was three years since I decided to kill my ankle off, and when I was running four races it was a lovely reminder to prove to myself I can do anything I put my mind to.

June

Birthday month June brought the Parish walk and I’m so glad I decided to just go for it. All those times I joined to do it and I never stepped foot on the finish line and to think this year I just did it no questions asked and not only did I do it, I loved it!! I’m going to be joining up again next year and aiming for Peel ekkkk.

June also brought BIKES BIKES BIKES, it was TT week so we spent a couple of days on the mountain watching them go past. I also bought this cute balance bike for our someday, one day child as I just couldn’t pass it up and it’s in great nick. It’s currently a really good ornament in our lounge at the moment lol.

July

July only feels like yesterday, I got out more on the bikes with Michael and braved a lot of trails that I normally wouldn’t of done. We also took a weekend trip away to check out the Kymin, we’d already booked without seeing it (as it fit my criteria) but as soon as we popped up I knew, KNEW it was a place that would have a place in my heart forever.

We also spent a day (where I got super sun burnt) watching the Plop Enduro. I’m hoping that in 2020 I can support the other half doing a race or two. If not 2020 then it will defiantly be 2021.

August

August was another busy month, we did a charity run with the pups then went away for a splash and dash to Dublin to do the Dublin Run Rock’n’Roll 5k, Half and the mile straight after the half, yes slightly mad. I didn’t get any PB’s but I didn’t go into the races for PB’s, I went into them for the fun! Dublin was just lovely, we all wished we had more time to look around.

There was also more bikes, YAY! We had MGP week over here, so once again we were up the mountain watching the bikes race past!

September

September started off watching more bikes, this time trails riding and falling in love with every single old school bike. We also supported the other half in his cycle around the TT course, which I’m really hoping to do in 2020 with him and maybe just maybe aim for 2 laps, we’ll see how my fitness is at the time.

The Isle of Man tried to do a world record for the most fairies in one place which we helped with (we didn’t get the record), we used the time to get to the place as a training run and I’ve never been beeped so much in my life, then again I don’t think most people expect to see two fairies running along the main roads lol!

We also spent the day watching the Isle of Man Extreme Triathlon. We got up super early to watch the swim event which didn’t happen but watched part of the cycle, the transition and part of the running.

This was also the time of discussions and putting it down properly that we would like to aim for an Ironman for my 40th!

October

Oh October you was filled with highs, I got married ekkk and lows, the Leicester Half was cancelled due to rain. I know we found another race to do and it was worth it, I just wish it was the Half ahhh well next year I’m going bigger and better by doing the full marathon hopefully. Why yes I am mad.

November

Oh my November kicked us in the butt, we did our longest milage so far 16 miles and my sister’s knee went annnnnnd that was the end of our training. We’ve been doing our best to maintain her knee and that’s really all we can do.

We also went to the IOM tri, track group a couple of times to get used to it all.

Oh and I went and did a really big thing, I interviewed for a job which I REALLY wanted and I got it! I am still in shock and just amazed.

December

December was a steady month.

We started going to Yoga for strength then got told they were stopping it in January, so no more of that, though they are changing it for another spin class so I guess that’s a silver lining.

We went to the Berlin Christmas Markets and I started using a GoPro instead of taking a million photo’s so expect something on YouTube maybe, well see.

I personally also found out the harm of not running these past two months in that I had to ask for an extender belt again. I’ve not had to have one of these for a long time and well it sucked, thankfully enough that I’ve got some big aims in 2020 because of it.

Overall 2019 was amazing, I did a lot of running and we went to a lot of places, I’m super excited to see where 2020 is going to take me!

Veloforte Cycle 120km Challenge

Veloforte 120km Spring Shakeout logo

I LOVE VELOFORTE

What I don’t love is the price though! So when they had a cycling challenge to do 120km in 14 days with the reward being 40% off you can damn near guarantee I will be one of the first out there on my bike getting the miles in!

Contrary to popular belief prior to becoming obsessed with running I was purely a cyclist with dreams of one day doing a triathlon. Though I never did anything about my dream I did cycle quite a lot. I loved it and I seriously need to get out more this summer, I will do once I figure out how to do everything. Anyway back to the challenge!

I worked out that over the 14 days the challenge I would have to cycle at least 5 miles, ideally 6 miles to make sure I was all in (cough wrestling pun lol). Now we all know that life can get in the way so the other half helped me in finding a track of 6.1 miles and a track of 7.5 miles.

Monday 1st April – Day 1

Lovely shake out of the legs, 7.5 miles completed.

7.54/ 74.56Miles (120km)

Tuesday 2nd April – Day 2

Played a lovely cat and mouse game with a guy on the main straight back! He was amazing kept to his wheel all the way till the hill!! Cut short as didn’t want to do the hill on my own, not that good setting off from a standstill!! 6.12 Miles completed today

13.66 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Wednesday 3rd April – Day 3

Photo

Cold, wet and a bleeding icy wind! 6.12 Miles completed today.

19.78 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Thursday 4th April – Day 4

I really didn’t want to go out today as I remembered how awful it was yesterday but all I could think of was how all this cycling is helping my overall fitness plus 40% off!!! And yes that is a rain 6.22 Miles completed today

26 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Friday 5th April – Day 5

Back with the other half so a longer cycle today aptly named “oh look, they have a tractor in their back yard, think I could buy it for £50? We’d have to fit a bike rack on it though” Ride LOL!! Yes that is what the other half said while we we’re cycling past!! 7.76 miles completed today.

33.76 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Monday 8th April – Day 8

So I had the weekend off to run and felt so good during our cycle that I would do the switchback road. OMG that hill!!! It was so worth it, even if I was struggling to get up the hill!! I truly wish you could see how steep it was from the photo! 10.97 Miles completed today.

44.73 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Tuesday 9th April – Day 9

God it was hard today! I was having a proper shark week moment and just moaning about everything. I do truly feel sorry for Michael for putting up with me. I dreamed of pizza the whole cycle to only decide I was sticking to my diet and making pasta instead. 7.53 Miles completed today

52.26 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Wednesday 10th April – Day 10

Feeling 100% better today and decided to try and get a photo with the sheep, yeahhhh didn’t quiet work lol. 7.53 Miles completed today

59.79 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Friday 12th April – Day 12

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Spent the whole cycle chasing the sun. Wanted to do two laps but it got to dark to quickly for me to feel comfortable. 6.13 Miles completed today.

65.92 / 74.56Miles (120km)

Saturday 13th April – Day 13

This was the make or break ride out. I knew without a doubt I wouldn’t be going out on the Sunday as I had to get a run in and I had already ran today so I knew I was going to be slow. The headwind was super killer but the sun was shining and it was such a beauty of a finish to the challenge. 12.30 Miles completed today.

78.22 / 74.56Miles (120km)

There you have it! In the end in 13 days I managed to cycle over the 120km and do 125km almost 126km. I loved the challenge so so much and I’m already thinking about the next one! I really do need to get out more on the bike. For the last year I’ve been obsessed with running and as such I just haven’t been cycling as much as I would like.

I’ve got to give a lot of credit to this beauty, (as well as the other half), she’s over the hill now but still perfect for me and I do love her so so much!!

And yes I did overspend on the Veloforte items!!