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Slow Return…

Friday – resttt!!
Saturday – 3×10 min kettlebell’s – swings/downward rows/figure 8’s etc, adding to 550 swings. 30min swim, pool run ladder of 1-4min – adding to 16min’s of hard.

Arrived home for Christmas with the parentals yesterday. So, i’m all snuggled up in my tartan pyjamas, ready to decorate the Christmas tree. Sensing a little bit of regression, anyone?

I’m gradually beginning my slow return to running at the moment – consisting of the odd 2 minute run from car to destination (I repeat – i’m home = access to car! ShockHorror… the girl can DRIVE?).

The discovery that i’m capable of this brings mixed emotions – during these little runs, total exhilaration – i’m running! My feet are hitting the ground, and there is no pain. It feels amazing too. The exhilaration is often followed by a twinge of sadness, because i’ve really quite enjoyed my recent little swimming routine. This sadness, however, is very quickly replaced with excitement, when I realise that the swimming doesn’t have to stop at all – I will simply be gaining more choice in my day to day training. Swim, run, cycle – hopefully, in a few weeks, the choice will be entirely mine again!

I’m looking forward to getting back running, from time to time. I can’t wait to see how my first few runs go. Firstly, any boredom I used to feel (totally minimal, but we all have ‘those days’) will be completely gone. Secondly, my legs have developed muscles that weren’t there before, and i’ve (somehow?) shaved off half a stone of body fat. So – running may well feel an awful lot easier, because hopefully I will be springier and lighter. I’m thinking when I get back, i’ll be running 3 days a week, and swimming 3, or maybe even running 2, swimming 2, cycling 2… or maybe i’ll just chuck the schedule out the window and do whatever I fancy! It remains to be seen. For now, however, that’s my running done for the next few days… i’m taking it SLOOWW!

Back to the swimming – I took my swimming much more slowly today, and found that finding the breathing rhythum was considerably easier. Baby steps, it seems, are more beneificial than over-ambitious powering through the water!

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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