I have 2 completed posts on my laptop and in my drafts folder. Neither of them are going up – the moment has been and gone. But here I am, 35 weeks away from IronMan Zurich and, you know what? Things are looking up for me. Since my last post and a particularly pathetic post… Continue reading 35 weeks to go and things are looking up!
Have you ever left anything so long that you can’t get back to it, even when you want to, because the fact you’ve left it so long means you don’t know where to begin? Can you guess what I’m talking about? This blog, maybe? The only way to get to this, is, I think, to… Continue reading Finding my focus
So. 2 weeks ago today this happened! My first ultra. I had committed to this race with my friend SuperSal (my running buddy who I introduced to endurance running and who has since confidently beaten me in every race) some time ago and had – in all honesty – kind of pushed it to the… Continue reading On my first ultra, taking a break and then doing something that really scares me.
It has been 5 weeks since I have blogged and I’ve kept away because, well, there’s not that much news. I’d worked so hard, physically and mentally, to get to my goal time, my goal race this year. When I finally did it, I was done. Cooked. Finished. Tired, emotional, and just done. I took… Continue reading The hiatus.
On Saturday, I got it right. It was my 10th marathon and I took lessons from each previous one. And on Saturday it all came together. Most things worked, and I was able to handle the things that didn’t. What worked for me: the course. 17 laps of an undulating, tarmac-ed bike course allowed me… Continue reading Getting it right.
Getting my stuff together for this weekend’s race it struck me that, over the course of the past 10 years in running so much has changed. My first marathon was the New York City marathon in 2005 and woah – was it a huge deal for me! I had a 5 year old and a… Continue reading How my running has changed (me).
So, as soon as I sat down on the timing mat at the London marathon I thought “this is not how I want to end this training cycle”. The PR was fantastic and hard, HARD-fought. But the experience of the race was so very unpleasant. I have never before run a race and wanted to… Continue reading There is a monkey on my back and this is how I’m going to get it off.
I really don’t know what to write here. I’m writing to gain some clarity rather than to present you with an overall edited view of the past 2 weeks, as I really don’t know what I think or feel. The week leading up to the London marathon was overshadowed, rightly, by the events that occurred… Continue reading Hmmmm
That’s right. Like all those big, long-term goals this one has crept up on me. The Virgin London marathon is nearly here – Sunday April 21st is raceday. It’s been 2 years since I last ran a marathon and I feel very similar to the way I sometimes feel at a birthday or another… Continue reading T minus 10
It’s been a loooooong time since I posted a race report. September 2012, in fact, for my half ironman. And it’s been even longer since I reported on a running race. Because I haven’t actually run a real running race since, uhm, Boston 2011. And really, after last week’s rant on issues mostly unrelated to… Continue reading Aldi Ashby 20 2013