I’ve spent the past week revising for the exams I have in a few days. I wasn’t even able to celebrate my birthday yesterday and have been spending my time lounging around in my dressing gown, eating porridge for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Woe is me, indeed.
Somehow, I’ve found time to do a lot of running though. Like 44 miles this week. But being off work for most of the week, it’s been easy to fit in runs as a revision break or early in the morning, when I wouldn’t be able to do so if at work. I’ve also been doing the following things, in case you’re interested:
- Channelling my thoughts through other bloggers. Laura and Kathleen wrote posts which were uncannily similar to what I was thinking about this week. While out running on Friday, I mused over my life, pre-GPS watch. I trained for and ran my first marathon without one and it was a case of, ‘what you never have, you never miss.’ However, I relented and bought one afterwards, assuming I was missing out on something. But recently, I’ve felt shackled by it and am increasingly tempted to leave it at home.
- Similarly, Kathleen’s post about over-complicating running struck a chord. While I’ve been trying not to over-think my London Marathon performance, I keep coming back to the same conclusion. Focusing on one big event and putting too much mental pressure on yourself to perform can be a recipe for disaster. My goal didn’t seem too ambitious, only eight minutes faster than my current PB, but on the day I couldn’t have been further from it. With hindsight, despite following a more dedicated training regime than I’d previously done and feeling in good physical shape, I made things far too complicated for myself and my teeny weeny brain just couldn’t cope psychologically on big race day.
- But enough self-wallowing, I’ve also been shopping. I bought these Nike Sunset leggings (for winter) and this Nicola Rowlands awesome tote bag. I think it has now sold out, but her Etsy shop is here for more of her gorgeous stuff.
- Finally getting a Daily Mile account so I can casually brag about my weekly mileage via automated tweets.
- Discovering this Kingdom chocolate with a peanut butter centre.
- Cycling some more in my SPDs and not dying.
- Entering three 10k races from the Run Through series in June/July, the Kent Coastal half marathon and the Bacchus marathon (AKA the wine marathon) (both September).
- Making these millionaire shortcake slices – recipe by the lovely Stephanie at Riverside Baking.
- Learning a valuable life lesson that studying as an adult while in full time employment isn’t an experience I ever want to repeat again.
Hope everyone had a fab week too! x