Dear Megan. An honest open letter to myself.

Apologies in advance this is going to be a long emotional post… Look away now if you aren’t interested. I won’t take offence. 😉

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Weekly update: Goals, Goals, Goals.

Hello Everyone 😊

It’s been my first full week using my Garmin… verdict is: I LOVE IT. It’s taking time to get used to but I get to add new records for myself. I had an issue with my Nike App where the achivments weren’t accurate and updating my PB’s. So I’m starting fresh. I’ll list my new times to beat at the bottom of this post.

I’ve racked up a few runs this week, I’ve used this week as a practise for Disneyland Paris. I know I won’t get my best times in Disney because it’s going to be fun and magically and it’s not about time for me. So this was a good practise and a push to see what I can do. Previously I had run 12.5 miles so I knew I had it in me to do the half distance.

On Tuesday I went to Aerial, it was really good and I worked hard. I finally managed to brave the wraps enough to get into a triple drop I’ve always wanted to do, only once I got up there had a panic attack and walked it back down. I tried again, I sat for a good couple of minutes wrapped at the top, having another panic attack. This time I sat there and breathed it out until I felt a bit better… then I went for it. I am so proud of myself! I can’t wait to try it again!

So I get a lot of comments on my aerial videos, and a lot of people saying that wouldn't be able to do it if they tried etc… so here is a realistic video. . . . Video 1 – me having a minor panic attack for the second time before trying a drop I've been wanting to do for ages. I'm not particularly scared to throw myself into drops but I just panicked and I felt like I couldn't breathe and I was going to pass out. This happened on the try before and I walked it out. I have an amazing teacher who is very supportive and encouraging and stuck with me while I had a moment. . . . Video 2 – moments later I mustered up the courage and I did it. It's not perfect BUT I FUCKING DID IT. I've finally built myself up enough to get into this move let alone drop and I've only bloody gone and done it after all that. This is the reason I started doing aerial 4 years ago and this is the reason I still do it. Because when you feel like you can't your body shows you that you can!

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On Wednesday I packed my stuff and went to work hoping to run home, where I had packed quickly I had forgotten my bottoms and ended up walking home. I pushed myself to get dressed and go out for a quick 5k. It was a a really good run and a really good time.


I rested on Thursday ready for an intense weekend. I planned to do my 5k, 10k, and Half on the consecutive days.

On Friday I got up early and ran 5k before work, my stomach wasn’t feeling too good so I took it slower than Wednesday but it was still a good time, and a very good time for the upcoming race.

On Saturday morning I met up with Emma & Leah to run the 10k at Clapham Common. Emma had in mind she would like to get as close to 1hr20mins as possible and we were there to support this. We were very luckily joined by the delightful Lizzie and Martin. Who stayed with us the whole run. Martin set the pace up front with Leah whilst Emma and I stuck behind. Lizzie being her awesome self, floated between each of us and motivated and supported amazingly. She is such an amazing person and so very wise, I love spending time with her and always feel like I’ve learnt something when I’m with her. She went on later that day to absolutely smash her long run!

Emma absolutely smashed her goal and finished in 1:15:27!


Me & Leah grabbed breakfast afterwards at Gails (might be a tradition starting).

On Sunday morning my aim was to wake up at 5:30am but I was lazy and got up a little later, by the time I got dressed I left my house at 6:30am for my Long run. My training plan said to do 14 miles. My goal was to get to a half marathon at least and then walk the rest. THIS RUN WAS HARD. Miles 4-7 were a struggle so I refuelled for a bit and then continued on. My pace picked itself back up and I got to Vauxhall at 13.1 miles. My old record was 2:13:34 for a half marathon (at a race though) and today I managed a running time of 2:08:16. I am so pleased with myself. Had it been a better day there would have been less stopping and starting but I think I did well considering body wise this wasn’t the best day for me.

 

 

I stopped my watch after the half and started it again whilst I walked/crawled home. I was greeted with a cup of tea and then I stretched and jumped into a hot bath.


This week has been exhausting but great, I’m so glad I managed to do these practise runs and stuck to my plan!


So my current new records look like this. I’m looking forward to pushing myself in the future to beat these!

Hope everyone has had a great week! Well done to all those who have raced this week and those who smashed their runs too.

Clicking the unfollow button

The beauty of social media is that you can choose to follow or unfollow anyone you like.

Over the years I’ve followed or been followed by people I’ve met all over the place or through a stem of different interests I’ve had. I’ve often really liked a TV show and followed the cast, only to may years later not be particularly interested in said show/cast anymore.

I love using instagram/twitter to connect with like minded people, especially those encouraging people in the running community. I try to keep facebook for real life friends but have a select from from social media groups etc who I’ve yet to meet but intend too. I’ve met most of my close friends through social media after months/years of talking online.

Recently social media become a place where I was constantly comparing my highlights to everyone else’s. When you don’t know them personally and all you are seeing are their highlights, you can often feel like your life doesn’t match up in comparison. We are all guilty of posting our highlights, I do it myself, but I’ve become more open in my captions, I will tell people when I post something positive that I didn’t get there without the negatives.

I try and refrain from posting a lot of negative stuff too. There once was a time all I would use twitter for was to vent, because it was a place my friends and family weren’t and my twitter was a big black hole, fully of crappy emotional posts and indirect comments about things happening in my life.

I recently unfollowed 400 accounts on instagram and a few on twitter too. Many were celebrities or bloggers I followed I no longer liked. I mainly unfollowed for my Mental Health, you could be the nicest person in the world, but if something you are putting out there is having a negative effect on me (which isn’t an issue with the person) then I’m going to unfollow for my own sanity.

I think people start to care more when their intent is to launch their career. Whether you are a writer, blogger, youtuber or anything else. If your job connects to the amount people that follow you and subscribe to your content then I can understand why you may take the numbers a little more seriously/personally.

Yes, I blog, but if only 1 person reads it and values my voice then I still appreciate it. I never started this blog with the intent of making it an option for income, and never have I made anything from doing this. I love talking about my running, my mental health and everything and anything in between. I don’t thrive off the likes, but I do thrive when someone sends me a message telling me how much they appreciated what I wrote or how much they could relate to it.

Moral of the story is – CARE LESS. Your vibe attracts your tribe. People that want to see you on their timeline will follow you and people who don’t won’t. It’s as simple as that. Don’t be offended if you aren’t someone’s cup of tea.

 

taaah

Weekly Update: Unproductive

With the bank holiday throwing me off my routine, and life getting in the way this hasn’t been a productive week so I’ll keep this short. 

On Tuesday I went to aerial, it was good to have our regular teacher back and the class died down abit and isn’t so busy so we had plenty of time on the slings and also got to play around in a net as well.


I didn’t run all week because I couldn’t be bothered quite frankly and know I will regret it but I can’t change that now. 

I brought a Garmin forerunner 235 on a bank holiday weekend deal and wanted to test it out this weekend.


I met up with Emma & Leah for a nice little run around Wimbledon common on Saturday morning. As next week is Emma’s first 10k race in a long time, me and Leah are supporting her through it. I like running with other people even if it’s at their pace, and despite this not being the fastest run it was definitely fun. Emma showed great strength to go on when she didn’t really want to keep moving. She kept saying let’s get to this many Km’s and then walk, but kept going till about 8-9km before walking. We had brunch after at Gails which was delicious.


I’ve spent a lot of this past week and a bit doing as a 26 year old should do and socialising a bit. I love being at home and lazing around but often feel I should make more effort to go out. Safe to say this week I’ve done a lot of that. I’ve drank ALOT this week more than I usually do and feel like rubbish for doing so. I have another friends party next weekend which I will have a couple of drinks at but apart from the one occasion I’m going to cut it back (as I did same time last year). August-September is always a heavy month of things going on for me, so I always feel rubbish going into the beginning of September feeling like my body is mostly made up of alcohol. I do not need it to have a good time, and I mainly drink to not feel socially akward and to feel more confident I guess. I do not feel like I’m contributing to my goal of “being a better version of myself” if I am drinking all the time. Also I hate hangovers and I don’t like having next day anxiety over what I do when I’m drinking, it sucks, even if I haven’t done anything too crazy. I always feel like I’ve done something bad. Anyways…

Training Plan: September

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HAPPY SEPTEMBER!!!!

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Last Month rocked, and here’s why:

Overall I did 54 miles, I tried a new class at ministry does fitness, had a nice little break in the peak district and soared through the air trying flying trapeze. It’s felt like a long month, but a good one. All my friendships have got closer and I’ve met some new people I’m super excited to call my friends. I also smashed my long run last week, doing 12.5 miles in just under 2 hours, so I think that counts as getting all of my goals for August ticked off.

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This month’s a big one… Finally I get to leave the country and go to DISNEYLAND PARIS where I’ll be running the 5k, 10k and Half Marathon. I am super excited and looking forward to having a fun trip with girls.

I’ve ordered a Garmin too which is exciting. It was supposed to come yesterday, but didn’t, so when it does I’m going to set it up and start sharing my data from that instead.

 

Three Goals for the Month of September :

  1. Enjoy Disneyland Paris. Don’t stress about times, money or anything else.
  2. Take lots of pictures
  3. Support my friends in reaching their goals this month -many have halfs & marathons where they are looking to PB and I want them to know they have my support and can always offload any negative thoughts and feelings they have before, during or after 🙂

 

21 Days to go, and this is going to be a good month 🙂

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taaah

 

Quick added note, the training plan doesn’t reflect I’ve now decided to do the 5k. As always it’s just a rough guide and you’ll see in my weekly updates that I never stick to this anyways.

 

 

 

Notes about this training plan: 

I have used a mixture of advice and detailed training plans from both Bupa and RunDisney (Galloway Training programs) this has helped me to schedule how far to go on my weekend runs to fit around the Challenges for Disney and my own person schedule. 

Following Tips and Tricks from the Galloway training program:

The “Magic Mile” time trial (MM) is a reality check on your goal pace on raceday, and has been the best predictor of finishing under the race time limit.

Travel Plans

In 22 days I’ll be in Disneyland Paris ready to take part in the race week.

In 60 Days time I’ll be on a flight to Orlando, for the holiday of a lifetime in Walt Disney World. Something I’ve dreamed of doing for so long.

I’m very much a planner and have made lots of dining and fast passes reservations.

As Paris is only a short weekend away I am mainly looking forward to the races and seeing how they will improve upon last years races. We have dining reservations for Bistrot Chez Rémy, as Ratatouille has become a new favourite, I’m excited about the theming of the restaurant.

As for Orlando, I have booked so much so here’s a little run down of the main things I’m excited for on my Trip:

  • Mickey’s not-so-scary Halloween Party: An expensive addition to an already expensive holiday but I get to be in the parks on Halloween, and see the Hocus Pocus Spectacular (It’s one of my favourite films). and I’m also looking to meet Lotso from Toystory as well as the Seven Dwarfs.
  • Breakfast at Trattoria al Forno: Themed Breakfast, with two of my favourite princesses. Such a treat – especially as I’m not on a Dining plan.
  • Fastpasses to Avatar Flight of Passage: This is apparently a hard fastpass to come by so I’m glad I got it. I’ve no interest in Avatar but I’ve been recommended this ride.
  • Breakfast at Cinderella’s Royal Table: One of the most sought after dining reservations. I’m saving the most magical experience till the last day and popping in to meet Mickey before I leave. I hope leaving these experiences till the last day will leave me feeling magical all the way home.
  • The races: I’m going to feel so good leaving Disney World with five more medals to add to the collection on this trip. The 5k, 10k and Half Marathon, The Two-Course Challenge medal and The Castle to Chateau Medal.

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I’m most excited to spend time with my friends and family on both trips and creating magical memories.

Anyone else participating in the Disneyland Paris or Wine & Dine race weekends?

taaah