A Sweary Reflection On The Benefits And Drawbacks Of Taking A Week Off Running In Crete.
So I’m back from Crete and I’ve had a little time to reflect on my week spent drinking Ouzo and doing little in the way of exercise.
I’m fucking angry to be back
In case you missed my outpouring of hate on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, I spent 5 hours on a flight back from Heraklion with my legs crushed up against the seat in front of me.
The woman ahead of me kept reclining her chair into my knees and by the time we were over the Balkans I wanted her to be ejected off the flight through the emergency exit and for her to be consumed by one of the engines.
I politely asked the air hostess to tell her to put her seat forward but she wouldn’t really listen.
To compound my fucking misery, I finally hit the UK Border and was asked to produce my passport.
The man at the desk asked if I had an additional form of identification as I was not the person in the picture.
I had that picture taken when I was roughly 275lbs and at a time where I was regularly sporting greasy long hair. But regardless of my weight and my hair, my face is still the fucking same.
They let me back into the country but I no longer wanted to be there (after being in for 5 seconds).
I sulked and hailed a taxi.
Back onto the main topic of this post.
Benefits of taking a week off running in Crete
- I’m refreshed mentally – 2 marathons in a month had taken it’s toll on my enthusiasm for jogging. I hated having to run between 10 and 12 miles for short runs followed by 18 mile long runs every weekend. I’m relaxed now and have a fresh perspective on running. I’m not under any obligations at the minute to do anything.
- Good holidays give me incentive to continue on running – Crete was amazing. I want to have another week like that in 6-8 months time. If I did not have that incentive then I’d have nothing to run for.
- Thanks to the time off I now have a vision for the next 6 months – I’m gonna run the Dublin Marathon 2013 and just focus on attaining my key goals of running a sub 2 hour half marathon and reaching below 200lbs by the end of the year.
The drawbacks of taking the week off running in Crete
- I’ve gained 5lbs in a week – I was reluctant to weigh myself as I often am directly after my holidays, but I stepped on the scale and I’m 208lbs. Most of the 5lb gain is likely just bloat that will disappear within a week but I’m pretty certain I’ve gained at least 2lbs from excessive food and drink.
- Could I have spent the holiday in a healthier way? – The purist in me wonders if it was worthwhile being decadent for a week when it might take another month to get back to where I was before the marathon. Maybe I need to become a Fitfluential motherfucker and take weekend retreats in a health farm where the only thing you’re fed is rice cakes and empty lies?
- I worry that I’ve lost my fitness – I don’t even know if this is true or not as I haven’t ran since last Monday’s marathon but I’m pretty certain the extra weight will make running more difficult. I’m gonna try my first run tomorrow.
Sorry for the lack of posts and/or Facebook talk in the last few days. I’ve been very busy but I’m back into a proper sleeping cycle now so everything will be back to normal.