Why was last week so bad? I’m not the only one who thought so. Seems like a lot of people felt rubbish. Maybe it was the ticking over of a new month and realising we’ve been in a life holding pattern for nearly a year, or that we found out lockdown will be extended until at least March, or that the weather continues to get colder. Whatever it was, last week was one to put in a box to the left.

It was my worst week of training by far. My motivation was the lowest its been during this plan. I was achy, tired and a moody cow. Sick of going from the desk, to run, to bed, and repeat. I did three runs and three strength sessions, but until the weekend adventure, I could’ve just stayed on this chair forever.

Weirdly, I remember having a week like this in my marathon plan at around the same point. I don’t know if that’s a coincidence or something phycological about where I am in my plan, but I remember that week so clearly, I just wanted to give up and I couldn’t pinpoint why. I was away at a friend’s birthday and at one point hid under the bed covers for a few hours I felt so shit. Interesting looking back on it now.

Anyway! It’s a new week, and to get myself in the zone I took a few actions over the weekend to get my body and my brain back on track…

VITAMINS: I replenished all the vitamins I had run out of. Omega, B12, D3. I also bought a new recovery drink from Torq (vegan robust and fruity) which I really like. Everything’s now got its own place in the kitchen for easy access.

FOOD: I did a proper, planned food shop (not a panic buy at the Tesco Metro) and spent Sunday afternoon prepping. Mushroom and lentil lasagne, chickpea and mushroom bake, huge vegan chilli packed with veg and beans…and some cinnamon buns. I also wrote out all the meals for the week. So satisfying.

RELAX: I actually relaxed. Did nothing (something I find very difficult to do). I watched a few films and took a nice bath. It was great! For films, I enjoyed Kristina Madsen’s Bob Graham story (available on YouTube), Feels Good Man, all about Pepe the frog (on Iplayer) and 76 Days, about Wuhan’s 76-day lockdown and following the staff in their city hospital (DogWoof films rental).

5 weeks left. Onwards and upwards.

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