I am currently in limbo. Like most of the country who have time off work between Christmas and New Year, I am totally clueless as to what day it is, what I am supposed to be doing on any particular day or how many calories I am consuming on a day to day basis.
There has been an enforced break from training lately, partially because I fell over whilst running and badly bruised some ribs and partially because I had a minor operation a couple of weeks ago and was advised not to run or really do anything for a while.
So all in all it is the end of 2016, I haven’t exercised for ages and I am now sitting on my wife new computer (Xmas present) thinking about 2017, my blog, my challenges and what I am going to do about it all.
|My UltraMarathon in June|
As some of you will already be aware, in 2017/2018 it is my intention to run 13 marathons in 12 months. Starting with the Brighton Marathon in April, I will run a marathon every month until the following April when I will finish this challenge at Brighton Marathon again. Also, just for good measure, I have decided to take on a 53 mile UltraMarathon in June.
Motivation for this challenge is 3 fold. Firstly, I am intending on raising money again for the very deserving Chestnut Tree House and thought I would need a fairly sizeable challenge to match up to my Ironman in 2015. Secondly, running has always been my weakest link in triathlon, so why not get rid of those demons by running my way through an entire year? And lastly (or thirdly if you prefer) I have realised I am the sort of man who needs a challenge. Without something big to aim for, I just don’t really bother to train. I still do a bit, but not as much as I should and I need major events looming over me to get my arse off the sofa and into some lycra!
It is a bit of a shame for me that I am this sort of person. Why can I just not be internally motivated to exercise regularly? Why do I need the threat of a major event? Why can I not just be happy running a Parkrun on a Saturday morning and going to the gym like everybody else?
I do not know the answer to these questions, but what I do know is that trying to run a marathon every month for 13 months is a very different challenge to the Ironman, and one that should not be taken lightly.
|Me at the end of Christmas|
Speaking of lightly, there is one more thing that I need to conquer in 2017, and that is weight management. Even during the peak of my Ironman training I never got my weight down. I have hovered around the 90kg mark (14 ish stone for those of us who still use old money) and no matter how much I run, cycle or swim it never goes down. This is cause I mostly eat what I want almost all of the time. Losing weight is 90% diet and the rest down to exercise. Usually I wouldn’t give a monkeys about weight, but it is so important in running and being as light as possible will help me hugely to stay injury free and recover fast. Ignoring weight and just carrying on regardless is accomplishing nothing.
So that is the plan for 2017/2018. My events list has been updated on the tab above if you want to take a look at what events I will be doing when, but essentially it is run run run.
I am determined to keep this blog up to date for 2017 and am also going to have a bash at a vlog or two. I know, exciting stuff isn’t it. I am sure you are all right on the edge of your seat.
Anyway faithful readers, that is it for now. I am up in the morning for a naked 5 miler with the Portsmouth Triathletes (not quite what you think) and assuming I survive will be back soon with a bit more information about next years challenge.