This week, I was accused of being three things.
Running and fatherhood don’t always mix. Here are some bloggers who are proving that doesn’t have to be the case:@edprice7 @jeremywolfRun @russell_runner @SamRunsLDN @cmmercer @therunningdaduk @timsrunworld @3athletedentist @rossidevon pic.twitter.com/uLBtGSm2wa
— Jonny Muir (@MuirJonny) March 20, 2018
So far as I can see it, only one of those appears to be really true…
- Can I call myself a blogger as almost three months have passed since my last blog post?
- Can I call myself a runner when my runs are sporadic and rarely more than 30 minutes in length, and my Strava stats look like this:
What could possibly have gotten in the way following the relentless positivity for running with which I crafted my last outpouring on this blog?
- Well, it turns out that I was so good at the father bit that I now have myself another girl who will call me ‘Daddy’.
Adelaide joined us in mid-January – just after a major work deadline, so that was appreciated by many, and has caused havoc and mayhem with my schedule ever since. Not that I mind, because… well look at that face! Gorgeous!
Naturally, she has had something of an impact on my running – I can’t get to the track at the moment, and I can’t sneak out early, so I am resigned to making-do with lunchtime runs. The one day recently that I managed to do something a bit longer was when I was on a conference visit away from the office and I was afforded the opportunity to skip out for a run. Nine miles later I had run to Bushy Park, traced a loop of the park, and run back to Sandown Park Racecourse. It was glorious!!!
Well, I did inadvertently sign up for the chance to have a race around a running track over the Easter holidays. I failed to take account of any of the other things I/we had planned, so I can’t actually do that. It might be for the best as I am not sure I am ‘track-ready’ just yet. Instead, the only thing on my calendar at the minute is a Surrey Road League race, the Sutton 10km. Whilst I know that I can run for 10km with relative ease, I don’t think I am in the kind of shape that I know I need to be to have a race that I would consider successful.
I am hoping that with the Easter break coming up, I will be able to schedule in some opportunities to get some speedwork into my legs and really start to get some training under my belt before the race at the end of May.
The SOAR Summer Mile is another race on my radar this year after I have such unfettered success in 2017, and I keep looking out to see when entries will open for that. Again, I am hoping that holidays etc will allow for some actual training to take place.
In an attempt to fill the training gaps, this week I started the 200 reps challenge that Tom Williams has discussed on Marathon Talk a couple of times recently. The premise is simple; 200 functional moves, every day, for 200 consecutive days; I am already suffering from DOMS. I think Tom may have found the start of this challenge a little easier than I have as I believe he had developed a baseline of general body fitness from CrossFit etc. that I am severely lacking; a few sets of 10 press ups on Monday is still causing pain in my shoulders today! I shall soldier on and see how I do. I have tried many of these styles of challenge in the past and let them peter off in quick time – but I have renewed hope in my tenacity as I am currently 78 days into my streak of learning Russian on Duolingo; maybe I truly do have sticking power now.
Anyway, time to work on all of those three things on the list.
I want to be a running father whose blogging can inspire his wonderful girls to lead a life of movement, and activity, enabling them to enjoy the outdoors and the wonderful feelings that can arise from it. The blog will happen more frequently; I promise!