Lessons learned and plans for next year
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I’ve not blogged since my half marathon review which is nearly two weeks ago now. I haven’t felt like it since then. Motivationally, I’m in a state of unrest... I still have a little soreness and have delayed exercising beyond one swim since the race.
Thank you to all the Spark People friends who commented and congratulated me on my race. It really does make me feel proud and I hope that perhaps seeing me complete a half marathon has ignited a spark in you! You can reach your goals if you try!!
The soreness has taught me a lesson – I need to train more. I did really well to knock off 15 minutes from my previous time in bad conditions and on hills. But I paid for my lack of training in my recovery time. My friend who trained well recovered way faster than me. So, lesson number one is “You can do it”, lesson number two is “training helps, especially afterwards!”
I have been looking into my next half... I’m booked for the Vancouver half in May but want one in late March. I’ve found one fairly locally on April Fools’ day so I’m hoping my friend will be interested in that one too. There’s another interesting one in Washington state in late April but it’s only 3 weeks before the Vancouver one so I’m a bit worried that I’ll need a bigger gap in between halves to allow me to recover and then restart training.
This week has been all about money. We are really tight at the moment so I am trying to be super careful. I’m writing a project plan for a new project that hopefully the manager will get approved and then it will lead to an extension at my current job. I hope so as there is nothing out there at the moment for me. It will be nice as then we can look more positively towards next year and maybe even book our holiday! We don’t function well without a holiday to look forward to!
Mark is doing over time this weekend, both days so he’s going to be very tired but hopefully they won’t need him next weekend. It’s difficult to turn it down at the moment.
Tomorrow is my day off and I’m going to go for a swim, return some boots that I bought a while ago and have spent a month debating whether I want them – I obviously don’t really as they are still unworn so they are going back! I hope to get some knitting done. The girls want me to make them dolls from an old Knitted Toys book by Jean Greenhowe. My mum used to have lots of her books and I remember having the same toys as a child. I found the book used on Amazon and am hoping to get them finished, with their dress up outfits before Christmas – Gwenna keeps changing her mind and wants a boy doll, then the girl doll, then the boy doll. I’m going to make her the boy first and if I have time I’ll make one of each for both of them. I’ve got some movies and TV series to pick up from the library tomorrow so I will be able to have a nice, quiet knitting afternoon hopefully! I want to sew up one doll to make sure I’m doing it all properly but I’ve not sewn it up when the girls have been there as I don’t want them to see it until it’s finished!
Anyway, what a lot of waffle in this blog! On serious matters I’ve been thinking about my goals for next year and I want to reach my goal weight in 2012... preferably in the first half of the year, but if not, it doesn’t matter – as long as I get there.
I also want to improve my fitness and strength. I want to run the next half marathon better – and recover faster so I want to make sure I follow the training plan to the end! As for a full marathon...we’ll have to wait and see if that’s next year or not... but one day. One day I will do it!
I’m enjoying the SAC and I’m glad that most of the Pink Vikings have stayed on board our longship to continue the journey until the BLC18 starts! I work best when I’m challenged and accountable!
Have a great weekend, friends!