Just a quick update on the past week (Week 7) for those of you interested.
After my birthday week off, normal service was resumed this week and unfortunately the gap was somewhat of a set back. Sunday was a good run with Lisa who seems to be coming on a fair bit, but Tuesday brought with it a struggle on the treadmill and I was close to collapsing after only 1km. That's what i get for taking time off to indulge in chocolate and the like.
With only 41 days to go now, we are almost in the home stretch. This week will see me return to studying practically 24/7 for my exams in August, the ones I missed in January. Since I'll have to get up early-ish to study I should have no problem sticking to a running schedule - I hope.
Finally I'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has already donated to the cause, your help is very much appreciated. We still have a fair bit to go though so please dig as deep as you can!
So sang Matt Bellamy, and he was right but maybe I'm getting a bit ahead of myself, still three months to go. But with the past two week's performances I'm getting worried that I won't be able to keep up a good level of training. You might have noticed that I'm a run short for each of the past two weeks. Last week's I've already explained but this week's is a combination of things.
Firstly I was at a party on Saturday that left me worse for wear (to say the least) on Sunday and so I was catching up on the weekend's sleep on Monday morning. Miss one run. Making up for this on Tuesday was good but I was disappointed with the outcome. [For details check out The Log which is now annotated] I did however achieve my first Goal!
The plan was to then head out on Wednesday as per usual but I realised that knowing I'm getting up to run in the morning makes it harder to sleep. So Wednesday at 07:00 I'd had barely any rest and stayed in bed determined to find some. Miss two runs. Same thing Thursday and again on Friday. On Friday I tried to make up for this by hitting the treadmill which knackered me out more than ever. Then Saturday provided my weekly run with Lisa which was fine. I can only hope that I'm more focussed next week, although with a party tonight who knows what will happen?
On the charity side, both Accord and the Beatson have set up accounts with CharityGiving and we're only waiting on word from Macmillan which shouldn't be long now. We're not expecting any problems but if any should arise we'll sort something out.
Over in The Tunes we've got a new feature: Top Track. We'll be giving some space to the tune that has given us the best push this week, so head over now and see what done it for Week 4.
Em, I mean Weekly Roundup; getting a bit preoccupied with Toy Story 3 there I think! So Week 3 has been a low point in training so far because I didn't go my usual Friday run because I felt sick in the morning and just didn't get round to it later in the day. Laziness had set in and there was no shifting it.
Today's might look a bit slower than normal and have an extra dip because Saturday's are back to being my Weekend run with Lisa. Lisa just gave up smoking last October after about 7 years or thereabouts, so she is finding that she gets out of breath easier but we're trying to combat that with weekly improvements. Also with her job she can't have as much time as me to get out for a run. Anyway with 10 weeks to go we should be able to manage our target time and hopefully improve upon that a fair bit. Check out today's stats: Week 3 Run 3
This instalment is just a quick one because I've written about the majority of this week's runs already, but the next roundup should be a bit more meaty! Until then just remember the inspirational words of Buzz Lightyear, you know the ones!
Joe Pettigrew has never taken part in a distance running event before, but was talked into the GSR by his sister, Lisa, who is also running as part of TeamJP3 along with her fiance, Sean.