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!