So after a rocky week two of training, my awesome friend suggested a challenge to keep me motivated. Inspired by the Festive 500 challenge on Strava (where you cycle 500km from Christmas Eve to NYE) he proposed I do a Festive50, where I run 50km during that time period. (He managed to do both challenges! – insane)
It seemed simple enough. Until I realised I would have to actually do it.
Day 1: Christmas Eve. I didn’t get a wink of sleep and woke up with a snotty nose and stuffy head. My pre – work run was a total fail and I was already behind before I had even begun.
Day 2: Christmas Day. My family thought I had gone insane, instead of opening gifts I put on my running shoes and Christmas hat on (see middle photo above) and went for a 5 mile run. The roads were super quiet and people were shouting ‘Merry Christmas’ from their cars to me! Fun. Fun!
Day 3: Boxing Day. Had a horrid head cold and had to stop each mile to blow my nose (too much info I know, sorry!) But I managed to get 6 miles in to make up for my lost Christmas Eve
Day 4: Went for a run around my original neighbourhood, loved seeing familiar streets but felt like a total dork when a neighbour caught me taking a picture of their tree. Cringe!
Day 5: Today I lost a tooth to a chewy sweet!! LOST A TOOTH! Argh… An emergency dentist appointment didn’t stop me from doing a 4 mile jog round the block though. A massive thank you to my sister who came along to make sure I was ok.
Day 6: Dragged the husband out for a late night 5 mile run. It was such a cold and windy evening and we were shattered after work but felt good to get the miles ticked off.
Day 7: Now it was getting tough. I had to wake up super early to get another 5 miles in (it’s still dark at 7am!) my calves, shins and knees were starting to ache and all I wanted to do was get back under my covers and snooze.
Day 8: New Year’s Eve. Whilst the rest of the world was starting it’s celebrations I was determined to get my last 3 miles in. I almost danced the last mile as I was so excited to complete the challenge.
What I learned for my Marathon training:
Create a plan: With work, social events, unexpected life dramas – I would need to create a schedule to stay on track with my marathon training
Prioritise: Going for a drink with friends is way more appealing than a 10k run in the cold, windy December weather. These are the times I have to remember why I am raising funds to do this challenge and how important all these runs will be when it comes to the main event.
Keep it fun! Running buddies, playlists, fun hats – whatever it takes to make it an enjoyable experience. I sometimes get super disheartened when I have to slow down or walk a part of my run, but I need to remember, I’m not a super woman and I’ll get there eventually.