Monday 1st Feb 16
Started Feb with a barefoot mile in the dark at 6am. These little runs help me reset and manage longer runs in footwear. I don’t think that i would manage without. Also just good to be out in the fresh air enjoying being alive. No hungry when I wake up. I am making a conscious effort to have breakfast and not miss it. My normal fair is bacon, poached eggs with a little cheese. I might have a few sautéed mushrooms with that at the weekend. I am then not hungry for most of the day. I am taking this as a good sign.
Sat 13th Feb 16
I haven’t posted for few days. Why? I think that it is simply because I am finding a routine that works for me and it is becoming the norm. This week, I started with bit of a cold and ran twice during the week and haven’t run every morning as planned. That feels OK. I think that I will do that between the spring and autumn equinox.
I am still losing weight and this removes anxiety because I fell like I am heading in the right direction. Running the 3 peaks next week feels possible.
I am coming to the conclusion that few things leave me feeling sluggish. I can eat banana but just a half at a tome and not more than a half a day. Root veg is OK but more than one bowl of root veg soup leaves me bloated. I can tell when it is happening. I need to listen more.
Yesterday, I forgot my lunch but had cheese and fruit with me. It wasn’t a problem. I wasn’t too hungry and was able to wait until a take away arrived later in the evening. Take Away! yes, I had a tandoori mixed grill and very nice it was too. This type of joining in with everyone without fear of falling off the wagon is the key for me.
Mon 22nd Feb 16
You can see that I have been struggling to keep things constant and this morning I am feeling pretty awful. I have had a week of no running. I just haven’t felt like it and I have got into a routine of not running. It has been a week off work and my food has slipped too. I seem to be finding excuses for myself to eat sugary food. I went to the cinema with my son and had ice-cream. I went for a meal out with the family and had ice-cream. Yesterday, I had a bacon and burger on a bun and then some birthday cake.
My mood is low and I feel sluggish and down. I often feel like this at the end of a holiday just before going back to work so I am writing this at 6am in my running stuff. I am about to go out for a mile barefoot. It usually picks me up. I think that the weather is getting me down too.
It hasn’t been a bad week. A lot of financial spring cleaning and we have made progress on the brewing front. I should be feeling refreshed and ready to go but it is the opposite. I need a bit of routine back in my life. I think that I am groaning under a few things. New job, thought of Ultra in 4 weeks and next doctorate assignment deadline looming. Something might have to give. Might be the Ultra. The ultra training and the brewing occupy the same space in the week and I don’t think that I can do both. Marathon training I could fit in especially if I run like DR Maffetone recommends with 2 hrs as long run (with 30 mins either end warming up and cooling down). It is fitting in a 6 hr run that is the problem. I might have to let go.
Weighed myself this morning at 11st 4 lbs. Not a surprise. That is about how heavy I feel. A week of steady running, routine, plenty of sleep and eating properly should shed a whole new light on things.
Just got back from run and feel better for it. My diet has gravitated to meat, cheese and dairy. Not enough sad and fruit this week. It has an effect. Back on it this week.
Thursday 25th Feb 16
Falling out of love with barefoot:
That was how I felt this morning as I was half way through my morning run. I have very little motivation at the moment and am in a real lull.
It has been coming on a while. I think it is all linked to this Oldham Way Ultra attempt next month and the MAF slowing down business. My routine has gone and running every day seems like a long way away.
I looked out of the window this morning and the road was iced up and I just didn’t want to go out there barefoot. I did all last year but today I couldn’t see the point. I ended up in a pair of ankle socks and Runamoks for a quick mile. I enjoyed it and as I was crunching over stones, a thought popped into my head. ‘I am falling out of love with barefoot.’. I have this idea that I am going to run every day barefoot from Spring to Autumn Equinox and I might well do that. I think that it will be good. I think that I will end up running the Chester Marathon later in the year but also some shorter events too. Just the thought seems good to me. I like the idea of running the Yorkshire 3 peaks. That would be good. So…maybe I am not falling out of love with anything. Maybe I am just in a rut and feeling it. A change is as good as a rest. I think that I might mix everything up and run somewhere new this weekend…and not too far. I have done a period of MAF base training and stuck to it. i think that I might have a spell where I do a few races and then go into another aerobic base building phase before Chester.
Just typing this, I can feel my enthusiasm coming back. Nothing to do with barefoot or otherwise. The Ultra is feeling appealing too just as something to drop into without worrying or focussing on it too much.
Thanks for listening everyone. I feel better for that. I needed to articulate it and get it out of my system. It has been blocking things up and dragging me down. Upwards and onwards.
Happy running everyone.