2019 is drawing to an increasing close, with just over three weeks left until we enter the next decade. I have found myself a little reflective this week, and thinking about certain things which have changed in my life this year did leave me feeling a little down on a couple of days. I can always rely on running to lift my spirits though, and this week has been boosted by some happy running and exciting forward planning for the new year...
MONDAY: the week started with my usual venture to a Body Pump class, however my working day featured some exciting new running plans for 2020. The charity I work for - Lincoln City Foundation - along with event organisers Curly's Athletes are holding the first Lincoln City Half Marathon event in September 2020, and entries launched today. It comes after a lot of months of hard work (which have truly opened my eyes to the behind the scenes aspects involved in organising running events) and is something I have become very passionate about. It feels special to be involved in delivering an event for my home city, which I know will have such a positive impact on so many people and communities. I never thought I would find myself in this position, and its an opportunity I am relishing. Feel free to take a look here www.lincolncityhalfmarathon.co.uk if you would like to find out more.
TUESDAY: a quick 4 mile spin around the centre of Lincoln which ended up being a fartlek style session where I pushed the speed on some flatter sections, but also tested myself on a couple of hills - I did not plan it particularly, just went out and had a bit of fun!
WEDNESDAY: this morning's run was spent chasing after my Wednesday morning running partner - he was just too quick for me this week! Our first three miles were around 7:30 min/mile pace and this pace probably shocked my legs a little too much, and I found myself hanging on for the remaining 3.5 miles we completed. Trying to keep up with him was a motivation boost at least!
THURSDAY: tonight's Run Club session was a time trial on the track - however when we planned the session we probably did not expect it to be a very windy evening... A couple of warm up laps highlighted very obviously that the home straight and the preceding bend were pretty much into a direct headwind, which just added to the challenge ahead of us! Did I think running time trials would be as hard as it was - short answer, no! We all ran 800m, 400m, 200m and 100m distances trying to set the quickest time we could, and it truly wiped out my legs! 800m was first and it was disgusting; the second lap felt like 400m of running on empty, especially battling that head wind twice; my time was 2 mins 59 seconds. 400m seemed slightly more bearable and I managed it in 1 min 19 seconds, however coming off the track my legs felt almost like I had just run a marathon! For someone who prefers distance running, strangely I felt stronger running 200m and 100m, managing the former in 36:39 seconds and 100m in 18:58. I am not going to be breaking any track records in my lifetime, but I enjoyed the different test and also the camaraderie among our Run Club members as we cheered each other on from the track-side.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: although an improvement on last week's time, my parkrun performance at Lincoln today was still not back to its best. I felt I ran better, but some tightness and DOMs still lingered from the track session, which I am sure held me back a little; however 21:22 is not horrendous by any means. I had a really happy morning though chatting to lots of people as usual, and that is really what my Saturday's are about to be honest, it is much more than just how fast I can run a 5k.
SUNDAY: I woke early this morning for 10 miles, setting off in darkness and heading for home just as the sun was rising. It was nice, steady run, hovering around the 8.30 min/mile marker, just focusing on keeping some distance in my legs. My early run was planned so I could be sorted in time for a big Run Club meeting which was being held between my fellow Run Leaders to discuss our plans for 2020, which will include us becoming an affiliated club. I have never been in a running club before, and as I have said before, it has been one of the better things to have changed in my life this year. Run Club has opened my running world even further and given me many new friends, people who support me and people I hope I can offer the same level of support to back. I left the meeting feeling very positive about 2020, and it was really what I needed.
I sometimes find change hard, especially when it is something that has changed in my life which I have not wanted to happen or have had no control over. I think I will always struggle with this, however sometimes change and things happen for a reason, and I shall aim to embrace that looking ahead into 2020.
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