Bump 2019

Always on time, me! πŸ˜‚

Thought I’d be making my first post of the year a bit earlier though….truth is, I’ve been dead busy (haven’t we all?) and I’ve been working through a minor crisis of confidence too.

So the pic was taken at Eden park run, on the last Saturday before my little sis returned to South America with her family, and 3 of us siblings did the Parkrun with my own smallest, who hared off with his uncle in tow somewhere on lap 2, and they were both finished, rested and ready to take this lovely pic (airing it- πŸ‘€ – like, proper job!) – note to self – buy some different coloured running tops πŸ˜‰.

I read a post recently, and if I could find it again I’d ping the blogger, but, you know.

Anyway, they pointed out that the time involved in training for a marathon is like having a part time job. That resonated; I’d not thought about it like that at all….

I already have a full time job actually, so marathon training 6 days in 7 on top of that, family, other stuff and completing my MA this year starts to stack up a bit!

It’s going OK too – the park run times are down (but I wouldn’t beat the small fella yet!), and hills are easier since I changed style and better again when I also added an hour class of static cycle training into my week recently.

It is a lot to fit in, and getting enough rest (for rest, read sleep) is just not happening at the moment, but hopefully that will improve.

I am blown away by finding out how widespread running is, its easy to find stuff online of course but it turns out that loads of people I know also run, they just don’t make a big song and dance about it πŸ˜„.

It’s incredible how much people fit into already busy lives.

Always space for another inspiration though, whether it’s picking up old hobbies or starting new ones – these lighter evenings are a good time to begin, now the false hope of new years resolutions have faded.

I didn’t make any, never really managed to stick to them in the past and I’m finding that getting started is one thing, but that when changes are incorporated into my lifestyle that I’m more likely to stick with it. When I’ve formed a habit though and get fairly rigid about it, the success rate goes up.

I don’t know about you, but the reasons for continuing to do something, whatever they were at the beginning, often change as I go on, and the reasons I continue may be very different.

I’ve just rediscovered the joy of painting (having thought that kids sucked the creativity out of me long ago); turns out it is the time to think that is key rather than time to paint, and I credit the time spent running for that.

The crisis of confidence passed when I remembered that if you’re reading this, it’s because you’ve chosen to – so I’m not foisting my ramblings on the unsuspecting – I’d been having a bit of a self indulgent ‘why would I presume to write stuff and bung it on the internet’ thing going on – also, revisiting the original purpose of this blog helped too.

It is intended to motivate me and be a point of reference for anyone wanting to keep up to date with my running stuff.

It’s just not as simple as 1st Jan = new best me.

Now that’s sorted I think I shall post a little more often from now πŸ˜ƒπŸ“š