Training: Week Five

Hoop-la. Lalalalalala. La-la-la. Lololola. That’s how my brain is feeling right now. Merrily singing little tunes to block everything else out.

This is not because of the training, oh no. That bit is [kind of] the easy bit. Well, apart from it taking up time, that’s all. This week I’ve just ended up with rather too much to do in the time I have available. This then results in me getting a bit overwhelmed and float around like a headless chicken not knowing what to do first and end up doing nothing.

Top tip: Don’t try and do a million things at once. Sometimes though, it’s just how things work out but CATEGORISE and PRIORITISE Paps. <sigh>

This week should have been:

  • Rest Day x 2
  • BMF x 2
  • Run 60 mins x 1
  • Run 90 mins x 1
  • 4 x 20 min pickups

The pickups are a bit of a new thing for me. I’ve done them at BMF running club but not on my own as I’m not so good at pacing or pushing myself and if left to my own devices I tend to just pootle round on a jolly little jog. However, Sian and Pie came to join me and Pie and his special watch took charge of being the pace setter. I joked that the whole reason I was inviting people to come join in my training was to do some of the work for me.

I WASN’T JOKING. I need a bit of help organising and figuring stuff out.

It’s been so good to have people join me. This ultramarathon isn’t really about me. It will be about all the people that will have helped me along the way. I can’t do this alone.

I tried to get all my running done this week before the weekend as we had our annual BMF Weekender, this year in the Brecon Beacons. I didn’t quite manage it but I got most of it done (and boy, does it feel like it’s ramping up now) but the weekender also had a hike up Pen Y Fan (with some extra ‘adventure’ miles) and some canyoning so I still got time out and about doing stuff.

Published by Paps

I love running, writing, travel and adventure. I'll give anything a go once, and am always up for a laugh.

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