Ruth Walters, one of our Pancreatic Cancer UK Voices is running 3 marathons in 3 months to fundraise for us, starting with the London Virgin Marathon in April. We'll be following her progress here on the blog, with Ruth telling us about the highs, the lows, and the learnings along the way...
Weeks 2 & 3
Grit your teeth, dig your heels in.
Last Saturday, during the cold snap, I was blessed with not one but two training sessions in the snow. My 'relaxing' weekend at home definitely wasn't meant to be like this! At the breakfast table I was on the verge of bottling out...but I did it. A CrossFit body weight work out in my parents' garden followed by some toe curling intervals across a very chilly and undulating South Wales.
As car drivers glared, little kids pointed and shrieked and their parents looked simply bemused, I powered through. And why? Because nothing compares to arriving back home, hitting up a hot shower and shouting "I did it".
This week is set to be a cold one, each of us will share the pains associated with training in far from ideal conditions. We will however also share marathon glory on April 22nd. Every inch, yard and mile put in now goes such a long way to getting us across the finish line. Hang in there, you've got this. Grit your teeth, dig your heels in and always, always remember to shout "I did it!" as soon as you're done.
Here's what got me through Saturday's sessions:
1. Layer up
Heavy sweaters and bulky jackets will drag you down. Layers will trap the air in, keep you nice and snug and can be peeled off one by one if you get too hot and are far more comfortable.
2. WARM UP!
Yes, I'm shouting, it's that important. I too am guilty of always wanting to get stuck straight in. But you pay such a high price for doing so. Limber up, stretch, squat, lunge then get involved.
3. Remind yourself why you're doing this
A year ago to the day as I set off on Saturday my Mum sat us in the family living room and told us she had Pancreatic cancer. That absolutely sucked. What she's been through since has been far from easy, it makes intervals in the snow seem like a breeze.
4. Music makes the world go round
Without a little bit of 'Eye of the Tiger', 'O Fortuna' and 'Beat It' Saturday's sessions would have been near on impossible.
Week 2 stats:
6 days' training
1 day off
3 CrossFit sessions
1 Stamina run (10k)
2-3 high intensity interval sessions
1 strength session
funniest moment: doing a 10 minute cumulative squat in my pyjamas!
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