Sounds like an epic movie title, am I right?
Last Sunday was my latest Bristol to Bath marathon training long run. Admittedly, I wasn’t on form, but managed to start-stop-walk-run-drag myself 12 miles from Westbury-on-Trym out past Blaise Castle to Shirehampton and back in.
I could blame a whole host of things ranging from the heat to my tiredness, but it was simply a case of ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’.
Except I didn’t fail as I got around the 12 miles one way or another (at least that’s what I’m telling myself ;))
But I find that if I don’t have the right conditions (it’s business time) then I don’t enjoy it or perform as well.
These, for me, are:
- A good night’s sleep
- Lots of carbs
- A substantial breakfast
- My kit out and ready (headphones, gels, water bottle, jelly babies, phone)
- A wake up time of at least an hour before
Not a lot, but if even one is out of kilter it really messes my performance up; especially the good night’s sleep!
In addition I’m also getting back into the lunchtime run habit. This means bringing my stuff to work, running the 3.3 miles around Bedminster/the Harbourside and showering and lunching all in an hour.
I had my first one in about a year yesterday and actually felt amazing after it – a very productive afternoon was had afterward!
So I’ll continue in this vein, although normal service has somewhat interrupted the circuits session I had planned for today as I absentmindedly left my gym gear bag on a bus. Silly me.
Off to Primark for some temporary replacement kit in the meantime! The joys of being absentminded.