I promised myself that I would be completely honest when writing these blogs. This is so that I can look back at not only the good times but also the bad periods I got through too…The truth is it’s not all sunshine and roses. I am not always fully motivated and I still have moments of worry. January is upon us and, training aside, for the first time doubt has crept into my mind since committing to this challenge. Before sitting down to write this, I was racking my brain trying to think of positive things to include. But I have to put it all out there, good or bad, I want to share it. I began to ask myself: can I do it? What if I get injured? What if something happens?
Then I began to remind myself why I thought of this challenge. It is going to be hard, probably the hardest thing I have ever done, and that is exactly why it’s the perfect thing to do. Then I lace my trainers up, put my headphones in, and start to move my legs. You never know unless you try. I think about Eddie Izzard, David Goggins, Ben Smith - who ran 401 marathons in 401 days - Anna McNuff, Nick Butter - who recently became the first person to run a marathon in every country in the world: it took him two years! Then there is Elise Downing, whose longest run before starting was 10km, but who ran 5,000 miles around the coast of Britain. Elise Downing is lesser known but I encourage you to google her and all of these people if you have not heard of them. All of these people have one thing in common: not one of them was an athlete. They are all just people who wanted to do something amazing and push themselves so far out of their comfort zone that they would forget what being comfortable feels like. The truth is: I could get injured, something could happen, but what if it doesn’t? What if I can do this? And just like that my mind changes its outlook…One thing is for sure in all of this: run, walk or crawl I will get to every one of those 92 grounds.
Training in the first week of January was steady. I’ve been building up low mileage but running daily, adding small weight to get used to carrying kit and focusing more on better warm-ups and stretches. I’ve introduced ice baths and more focus on proper fueling/re fueling with carbs and protein. Boring stuff over with, here’s my weekly mileage for 1st to 8th Jan 2020 - 22.5 miles
2nd Jan- 4 miles
3rd Jan- 3 miles
4th Jan- 3 miles
6th Jan - 7.5 miles
8th Jan- 5 miles