Well, maybe not excuses. Some of them are good reasons. I will let you be the judge.
Since the Ashridge Trail half (over a week ago) I have only run a couple of times.
And here are my reasons/ excuses.
Monday- Sports massage after work. Marking to do after that. A bit too achy to run. Plus I had a headache (seem to get these often after the sports massage).
Tuesday- Gentle run on my own- a couple of miles. No time for any more as marking to do.
Wednesday- Gave Sweatshop a miss as hadn’t had an email saying what sessions it would be- knew I would not manage a speed or hills session as I was still a bit achy. Andy persuaded me to go to the cinema (we saw Chef, it was great- I smiled the whole way through- go and see it). More marking when I got home.
Thursday- Went to Pump. Yet more marking to do after that finished.
Friday- Planned a run after work but came home with an awful headache (I had been up until about midnight each night that week, so I think I was just over tired). Painkillers + tea + listening to the radio was what was needed.
Saturday- Walked around Bath all day. Yet again ended up with a bad headache.
What a beautiful beach! We walked along here for about 90 minutes
Sunday- Went for a walk along a beach. Was going to have a run when we got home, but I hadn’t eaten lunch and had only had a couple of cups of tea to drink all day, so decided against it.
Monday- Went for a run! Hooray! Well done me! I left work late and again had a pile of work to do, and as I was driving the excuses started to creep in- I could always go tomorrow instead….. but I knew I would feel better in the end, so headed out for a quick 3 miles. I did get a bit creeped out by a man running- he overtook me and as he ran past me he kept his head facing mine until I properly caught his eye, and then he saluted me. That was not too bad (although I only normally smile or say hi to runners who are going in the other direction, not normally to people who overtake me). But then he ran on around the road, and I went off into the fields, only to be overtaken by him again about 5 minutes later. That did freak me out a bit so I quickly headed back!
These are the cows with the big scary horns! Luckily they were behind a fence, but sometimes we run through that field and I hate it when they are near the path.
Tuesday- No run. But aside from a break for dinner and to pop to collect something I had ordered from the shop, I worked solidly until 10pm. So I am not sure when I would have fitted one in.
So basically, life has been busy. Now I know that of course I could get up earlier in the morning to squeeze one in, but it would have to be stupidly early to fit in a shower after, and I don’t think I can function on any less sleep, so that would not be wise. At the end of the day, I run because I enjoy it. I also run because it keeps me healthy, but at the moment a little more sleep, and a little rest (when I can find it) is what I actually need.
I have a 10K race this weekend, but I am going to enjoy it and am not expecting a pb- you can’t get much flatter than the Brighton 10K that I did before, and I have not been working on my speed recently. In the autumn I have a few races already booked in, so I might even follow a training plan (oooh, get me) but at the moment I want to enjoy running and not feel any pressure.
And now, what I really need is to get ready for bed!
Do you always follow plans or do you make things up as you go along? What do you do about exercising when life gets busy?