My First Love

During these past few years I’ve been dabbling with a variety of sports, through injury from running and through sheer fear of not being able to complete a swim event, I put my running on the back burner for a while.

Road cycling has hit my radar recently, after a spell of injury from running, I took to the bike to keep my body ticking over, to keep the endorphins high. I enjoyed it, felt strong and saw some improvements in technique and strength. It became a social event with others joining me and the weather we experienced throughout the late spring and early summer made it a thing of beauty. I have entered into the Ride London ballot and will hear whether I am in the event in February 2016.

Sea pool swim training started in earnest in June this year as myself and two friends were entered into the Bude Sea Pool Channel Challenge. We took to the water twice weekly to train for the mile we would be swimming in October. Considering I am not a “natural” swimmer, again I saw improvements in my technique and started to see my times improve accordingly. I’m very pleased to say we completed the challenge on 10th October 2015 and it seems we may be in the team for next year already!

Seapool

Variety is the spice of life but I have to admit that I always go back to my first love. Running has everything encapsulated in one sport for me. I find the social element a real highlight. Nothing quite gives me an endorphin high like it does. The calmness and focus that follows keeps me energised for days. It really should be prescribed on the NHS for all the positive elements it gives to its users.

Cross training will play a part in my workouts but there will always only be one true love for me.

Going for goals.

Well, that’s Christmas wrapped up for another year. Hoping you all enjoyed a very merry one.

This time of year sees many of us taking stock of the year just about to leave us and the new year ahead of us. 2013 was a fairly slow year for me in terms of my running. I kept race entries down to a minimum as life got busy! This coming year I am rectifying that as I found myself missing the goals that racing gives me and felt I was plateauing instead of achieving.

Saying that I enjoyed the events I did take part in and had great fun along the way. The first being the Commando Challenge 17K endurance event in June 2013 where a group of us took on the sheep dip, the black bog and dark tunnels to come in as the 4th female team in 1:59. Great fun and plenty of bruises!! In September 2013 I was again part of a team in the Bude Sea Pool Channel Challenge. I swam a mile of this gorgeous tidal pool in order to make up a proportion of the 21 miles our team was due to swim to complete the challenge. I am lucky enough to live just 5 miles away from the pool and have used it to train for my triathlon in 2012 as well as taking my eldest to train there for his Surf Life Saving Club trial swim. To find out more about how we are trying to save the pool, please see Save Bude Sea Pool. Finally in November 2013 I participated in the Drogo 10, an off-road race around the grounds of the National Trusts Castle Drogo, taking in 10 miles of undulating trails. A tough one but enjoyable as I traveled down with many other runners from our local running club – Bude Rats.

It feels like a clean slate. I don’t do New Years resolutions but I do set some clear goals for myself with regards to my running. I like to look back on what I enjoyed throughout last year, what inspires me to do better, the people who help me get there & how I can challenge myself a little more. No-one knows what the future holds but with a little bit of luck & a very real spoonful of motivation I can get myself to the goals I want to.

My run goals so far are the Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service Half Marathon on 23rd February 2014 swiftly followed by the Grizzly, a 20 mile off-road race which tests each & every participant which I am due to take part in on 9th March 2014. With a new bike as a Christmas present I am also looking forward to getting bike fit again. I have entered a triathlon in June and enjoy the cross training this will involve as well as mixing up the training plan, it gives me a chance to get all over fit again.

I love reading on my twitter timeline how all the running tweeps I follow are setting themselves up for their challenges in 2014. Some taking on Ironman events for the first time, some running their first 5K after years of believing they were not a runner. These people inspire me to get up that hour earlier to get a turbo training session done, to get out when it’s blowing a hoolie or to rest when I know my body needs it.

Whatever goals you are setting yourselves this New Year, I’m hoping you achieve each & every one of them and most importantly enjoy the end results it brings.

Wishing you all a great, fun filled 2014 x

The Commando Challenge - Black Bog

Getting down and dirty – Commando Challenge

Commando Challenge FINISH

The Commando Challenge – DONE!