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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'm an NCTJ Journalist and work at Cycling Weekly. Previous to this, I was the Editor at Total Women's Cycling. I've also dabbled in marketing and copywriting - having been Marketing Coordinator and Social Media/Content Editor at Evans Cycles. My first job was working on a local newspaper.  I've written for a variety of titles on a freelance basis, too. I got into cycling when I entered my first triathlon in 2010. I now race crits, road races, time trials, and do a lot of track training for not very much track racing.

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