Training has resumed.
After a break for the festivities it’s about time that we got back into our normal training routine. I didn’t think it would be such a shock to the system!
For the past four weeks, we’ve been enjoying social running. We’ve done a few long runs with friends, but apart from parkrun on New Year’s Day, we’ve not done anything requiring any sort of pace. I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been so nice to run in daylight, off-road and at an easy pace.
For us, the Christmas festivities started in mid-December, then we had our engagement celebrations, so we’ve had about four weeks of eating too much and not training properly.
The first session back is always a killer, which is why we opted for a tempo run to ease back into things. I didn’t think I’d struggle as much as I did. In the four weeks since my last session, I seem to have forgotten how to train. I didn’t eat properly before the session. I didn’t drink enough before, or during (didn’t even remember to take a drink!). My legs struggled to work. I felt ill. I had stomach cramps. I couldn’t get going. My times were even worse. I was practically jogging, but it felt such hard work.
By the end of the session I felt truly dreadful. We had our post-run recovery drinks and a couple of Jaffa Cakes, which made me feel slightly better. On a positive, at least I completed the full session.
There is a lot of work to be done. I’ve got so many running ambitions for this year, but it’s going to take a lot of training and effort. It wasn’t particularly pleasant, but I’ve made a start. The hardest thing was getting back out there.