22 December 2011
You may remember the first blog post from our fundraiser
Ruth Walters, who's planning on running 3 marathons in 3
months to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK. We'll
be featuring regular blog posts from Ruth, both to inspire all you
runners, walkers and fundraising athletes out there for and for
everyone who wants to follow her journey on what is, we all think,
a bit of an epic mission.
With the indulgent festive season coming up, Ruth has a few
words of wisdom for us on how to make the most of it pre-2012
- be sure to make the most of them!
"It's been a busy month since my first post. I'm now a very
happily married woman and am looking forward to a long holiday with
family and friends before the training regime kicks off in earnest
in the New Year.
I remember last year's training for the Paris Marathon so
vividly. Once it got underway there really was no going back. I
definitely wish I'd made more of last year's holiday season. So, I
thought I'd share some top tips on making the most of the holiday
and leaving yourself in tip top condition ready for all the
dedication and commitment that will be required from us all come
- Keep the engine running over - find the balance between keeping
up some training without going too hard at it. The team at My Momentum
have packed me off for the holiday with an awesome body weight
programme of short, sharp power workouts that can be done each day.
Nothing too time consuming but a great way to keep fitness levels
up and spend less time in front of rubbish TV with a mince
- On the subject of mince pies... treat yourself - but again,
it's all about balance. Don't start your morning with a breakfast
of chocolate money (I must confess to having been guilty of this on
past Christmases...) but allow yourself a little bit of the naughty
things you really like. Once the training gets under way, angelic
nutrition is absolutely vital and makes such a difference to your
training and then race day performance.
- Spend as much time as possible with friends and family - tell
them all about your marathon challenge and training ahead and they
will all be right behind you. One of the hardest things about
marathon training is how much of a back seat your social life needs
to take. Enjoy dinners, coffees and lots of socialising together -
then think about how your family can become more involved in your
training and maybe even join you on some of your runs.
- Tis the season of goodwill and all that so always have your
sponsorship begging bowl at the ready. Can you earn some extra
money from offering to peel the sprouts? Taking the tree down for
an older relative? Using the holiday for fundraising planning is
also well worth doing. It always helps to have a plan in place to
help you reach your target and think about how you'll get others
involved along the way.
- Sleep, sleep, sleep - it's the answer to everything. Get as
many hours of shut eye as you can. Sleep repairs your muscles and
restores body and mind. Cat naps are all the rage and early nights
are hugely underrated.
Have a fantastic holiday everyone. I can't wait to share tales
of training when the real hard graft begins in the New Year."