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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Count-me-out-cember


In a community as supportive and encouraging as the one runners and cyclists and general fitties have built, it’s hard not to get swept up in what others are doing. We all love to push ourselves, to see what we're capable of, a challenge. So when someone suggests you join them in something like a month-a-thon, it’s hard to say no. It’s especially hard when it seems everyone you know has started the latest run-everyday, press-ups-a-plenty, early-morning-swim, forget-about-rest-days challenge. You want to see if you can do it, too. And because all your friends are doing it, you know it will be fun. You might be tired and your body may be broken but saying no equals missing out.

I’m pretty sure my injured achilles is built on never saying no.

This year I’ve run the furthest, the longest, the hilliest and more often than I ever have before. I’ve taken part in 26 races, some of them back-to-back. My flying trapeze skills have massively improved, along with it, my strength. I'm pretty proud of all I've achieved. Over the past twelve months, my body has been flung into the air, dunked in water, whizzed around a velodrome, forced up and down hills, balanced on scaffolding…and now it’s screaming for me to rest. Finally, I think it’s earned it.

I certainly need the rest. I'm tired, really tired. Sometimes I don't recognise myself in the mirror because I look so haggard. I've become used to running with discomfort and have started to forget why I even started doing trapeze classes! It's time to sit back, look at all the things I've achieved but, most importantly, look forward to my goals for next year. Entering my first ultra has made me more aware of how I'm treating my body. I need it to last for 35-miles of running in one go...I need it to survive the training!

So from now on, I will be more sparing with my "yes"s and I definitely won't be taking part in challenges just because I feel left out. All my runs, every swim, each conditioning session will be judged on how I feel, not what other people are doing.

This month? I think I might just put my feet up!

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  1. I hear ya - I was really tempted to do the advent run streak but I know if I run every day I will definitely break, whether it's 2 miles or 10. My knees will murder me. So I'm all about the cross training, and gonna supplement the right amount of running for me with swimming, cycling and strength training.

    And I'm DEFINITELY putting my feet up at Christmas too! :)

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    1. That sounds like the perfect plan! Still plenty of things to get your teeth into but lots of variety to avoid injury.

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  2. Ah the fear of missing out gets me too! It's hard when there is so much cool stuff going on, but sometimes you need to listen to your body and do what's best for you :) Enjoy some relaxation time! x

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    1. Thanks, Beki! I'm glad it's not just me suffering from FOMO.

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  3. This is a great post Jen- it's so difficult to listen to yourself when everyone else seems to be having so many adventures- the fear of missing out is huge! I'm doing the same, have to keep reminding myself of the reasons!

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    1. Thanks, Naomi! It's taken me a while to realise that there will always be another challenge/adventure waiting for me when I'm ready. Enjoy your resting!

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  4. The elites, pros and athletes we adore all have an off season, something that's oh so easy to forget. There's FOMO too and one forgets that everyone's life online is edited and audited before we see it. You've certainly had an amazing year and accomplished things I could never dream of but rather than compare, contrast, feel guilty or sign up for trapeze classes I simply want to say WELL DONE! I'm proud of you, your achievements and honesty in this post.

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    1. The voice of reason, as always! That's so sweet of you to say, Steph, thank you!

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