It’s a funny thing, Christmas. No matter how disciplined you are normally, no matter how much your body is a temple and your training routine is sacrosanct, Christmas is a time to indulge.
The key to Christmas, in my experience, is to give yourself permission for that indulgence. Don’t get the guilts because you drank prosecco all day – make it part of your plan and enjoy it. Cake? Plan it. Cheese. Go ahead and plan that sh*t. It’s Christmas. It’s once a year, and the world won’t stop spinning on its axis because you go to bed with a food baby.
However… as I’ve said, I’ve been finding it hard to get into a groove lately. So I was a little worried about Christmas. I decided to give myself a break and mix it up a little. So a week before Christmas, I started the plankathon. It’s an excellent 14 day abs programme. It takes 5 minutes a day, builds to be really quite painful, but gives you *something* to do. Each day.
I ran on Christmas Eve. A fast 5k to the station, narrowly missing a sub-30 minute PB. It was wet and wild (the weather, rather than my performance) but I was out and I did it.
Yesterday, my family indulged my running habit, and spoiled me with a
Nathan hydration vest and a new pair of trail shoes – I love my Newton road shoes, and since my lovely colleague is intent on getting me to run in the mud, these were a necessity and a luxury, all in one go.
Today, I went out and did another 5k to the station – faster this time and breaking my fastest mile PB (9:09 minutes). I sweated pure process and the weather was less than ideal, but since I have friends up north who are battling floods and torrential rain really a bit of wind and drizzle was nothing to worry about.
Tomorrow I turn 49. I probably won’t run as my marathon training programme starts in earnest the following day (don’t worry; it’s a rest day!). So I can have one more day of indulgence, and then I’m on it. Like a car bonnet. Brighton, I’m coming to get you! As long as the marathon is no longer than 5k, I’m pretty sure I’ll smash it!