It is May 2022. While I have had some performances at races that I am very pleased about – the canals in 2018 and centurion grandslam in 2017 – my races since then have not been so great. I’ve enjoyed them, but I didn’t perform as well as I wanted to.
And it has been worse….. I’ve been DNFing races and it’s been going to pot. I’ve even struggled with training – finding it too easy to flunk out on sessions, not pushing on hard sessions, and finding excuses come too easy.
Too many injuries. Too many reasons. Too little training.
I’m Phil (47), and I have realised the fact is that I spend more time eating food than I do training in a given week, and more time finding excuses not to train than training itself.
I’ve let things go to such an extent that I’ve gained too many pounds (45 precisely!) and I have been feeling increasingly detached from the idea that I am someone who runs.
My most recent “defeat” is pulling out of a 24 hour race at Crawley track after 20-odd miles. Not great – and to be honest I am not sure why I entered because what I have discovered is that I love running for the adventure and seeing new things.
Something needs to change. But what will I do? And how will I get to the level of performance and fitness I need to by the time of my next race in 48 days time. The Warwickshire Ring canal race.
Follow the journey as it unfolds, along with the challenges and successes along the way.
How have you rebooted your running? What books have you read? Podcasts? Changes to your mindset and training approach? Put your comments below.