I started this year without much in the way of goals or resolutions. Just as well really, given what 2020 has brought for us all. I certainly didn’t have any plans for big running or cycling events - between looking after my daughter, working, and navigating a divorce, I had more than enough on my plate, without adding a gruelling training regime.
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A few weeks ago, I ran my first marathon. Having had a bit of time to mentally process the experience, I want to attempt to capture my thoughts and feelings of the day.
Looking forward to looking back on having run a marathon
For such a simple sport, people can really make running complicated. Fancy shoes, performance fabrics, nutrition supplements, and GPS watches all give us opportunities to spend money, while there’s a whole industry devoted to thinking up ever more inventive training regimes. In training for my first marathon, I've had some useful advice from more experienced runners. Ollie suggested protein recovery drinks, which seems to be really helping so far.
I recently reached a goal that, for a long time, I never knew existed, and never imagined I'd care about. I’ve made it to 50 Parkruns. I’ve been there, and done that, although I haven't got the T-shirt yet.
I recently got a Fitbit, without really meaning to. When a friend showed me his a few months ago, I’d been slightly scornful. Why would you want to track every aspect of your life? Besides, the device looked incredibly dorky, like a Star Trek fan’s vision of the future. I wanted a watch that looks like a watch.
Why do we put ourselves through the pain of riding bikes up hills, just to ride down them again? Is cycling a different form of masochism from running?
Tips for becoming a better runner, from someone who isn’t a very good runner
I didn't plan on making any resolutions this year. Or rather, I didn't get round to making any, and the usual ones apply just like they do every year. Exercise more, drink less, think more, write more, be kinder to myself and others. That ought to cover it. But I'll be turning 40 in October, and I feel like I should have some great adventure before then, make some epic journey. Easier said than done with a wife, a daughter and a job, though, plus we'll probably be moving house twice this year.