Running For The First Time After A Break From The Marathon & Holiday Weight Gain
I ran today for the first time since the marathon 10 days ago.
It was a standard 7 mile jaunt around town.
I’d love to say it was a great run.
I’d like to say it made me feel good.
But it had the opposite effect.
For 3 hours after it I suffered from a god awful migraine. I tried vomiting on the train to see if it would help but nothing would come up.
I have had migraines before whilst running and they typically happen when I’m out of shape and I try to run faster than my body is capable of going at that time.
The migraine hit a peak on the train to work this morning. I was lying slouched across 2 seats for some relief from the aura that engulfed my vision.
The ticket inspector proved she was a ticket inspector and not a nurse by barking ‘where is your ticket?’ at me without flinching.
It is up my festively plump hole love.
The 8lbs I gained in Vegas is making it hellishly difficult to run.
I sweat like hell. My body wobbles. It feels like I’m running through quicksand.
8lbs can’t make that much of a difference can it? Surely it must be something more sinister?
Consider this – last night I had a serious pain in my kidneys after scoffing a Pot Noodle. I immediately thought I’d tumours sprouting in and around my trunk like baubles through a Poundland Christmas tree.
It turns out I just really needed a shit.
Still, I’m really not in the best shape at the moment. Here’s how I’m gonna get back on track.
Steps to getting back on track after weight gain and time off
- Acknowledge that the difficult run is over – And that’s always the first one back after a long break. It may have hurt, but the next one will be much easier. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that running will always hurt. It doesn’t have to be this way and it never is if you just keep going.
- Acknowledge the importance of establishing a running routine again – After Paris I wanted to quit running but just went out on one run after it and that kick started not only my Belfast Marathon training but also my recent 2 marathon attempts. If you start running again today where will it lead you to? If I hadn’t ran again in April then I wouldn’t have ran in Vegas or in Dublin.
- I must eat better for my health not just weight loss – Eating like shit in Vegas caused that headache today in a roundabout way. There is no point inflicting pain on my body when I don’t need to.
- I’m acting when I can i.e. now – Tonight I ran the 1.5 mile to the train station and easily caught my ride home. All of these extra miles born from last minute decisions will help me get back into shape. There’s no point in planning a great assault on tomorrow, start small day and keep going. Momentum will be with you.
- I’m being patient and persistent – My goal is to be below 210lbs by the end of the year. I’m 213lbs now. Step by step I will get there. Weight gain is a natural part of the process and it is nothing to feel bad about. I will learn more about myself and become stronger . I will never get tired of fighting back whilst the challenge is manageable. I’m learning that whilst it is OK to have some junk food, eating it all the fucking time is really boring more than anything else. I need to look after myself better.