How to feel like you’ve done stuff when you haven’t done anything

This is how my running life goes: doldrums and procrastination, some good bits, loads of race entries followed by almost as many DNSs. My eyes are way bigger than my stomach, legs, lungs, non-injury periods.

And somehow (presumably because I have so much money, hope and enthusiasm) I still keep entering races, year after year. Just encase ūüėČ

June 2015 – The Heb 3 Half marathons series, including Benbecula, Skye and Barra. Yeah Baby!

3 x 13.1 miles or thereabouts, with hills, headwinds, banter galore and quite possibly a¬†stupidly short tartan running kilt. In a four week period. No chance of a possible injury there then! A shot at the new local park-run route which is actually in a park (faints off to the side to visually underline this) means I’ll get a 5K in the inbetween week and/or the inaugural Tomintoul whiskey 10K and who doesn’t like one of those?

July – I have planned a day-long mimble around MacRitchie reservoir trails in Singapore, with Brian, one of my MBA buddies. Why? Because it will be awesome trail training for BU50K, it’s the location of the TNF100 Singapore so a decent chance to¬†find out what the expected technicality of these North Face events¬†is¬†and there are opporchancities for shopping and visiting some mates.[I am sure that Hokas or recovery flip-flops are welcome in all Orchard Road boutiques].

August – Borneo Ultra 50K aka BU50K. Or is it TMBT 55K? I’ve definitely entered one and they start from same place on same day and will require cheat-sticks,¬†climbing on hands and knees as well as a healthy smattering of Dr. Doolittle syndrome “Please Mister snake, please do not wake up now as I stumble through the undergrowth”. Yes, I tend to verbalise my fear of biting and sucking animals. I’ll have 12-15 hours to perfect my communication. This is my “A” race for the year, in line with that whole forty year old birthday landmark.

September – no events planned but since BU50K is the last weekend in Aug, I’ll probably be recovering in matching air-boots and stretching my quads out on a vice in preparation for………

October – Climbathon International¬†Trail event. Different terrain from the above but still Malaysia’s finest attempt to crush my knee cartilage into vampire-meets-sunshine dust in the foothill of Mt Kinabalu: the 20th highest mountain in The World. Should be great funishment and I can celebrity spot the sky-runners in the elite race while I organise the straight jacket and fire up the O2 tent for ‘after’

November – Beirut Marathon. More a ‘why not?’, than a ‘why’ scenario. A bronze medal event in Lebanon over a more traditional forum. I blame Carrie and Homeland for my slight but ongoing obsession with the Northern part of the Middle-East. I wouldn’t say no to toe-ing the line in Jordan and Jeruslam too. Pass the headscarf……

The Mighty Jeff Ooi RD of KL Tasek Perdana 12 hour ultra fame, has just announced a 16 hour event happening sometime near the end of the year. Might be a great time to try and breach the 100K mark whilst eating twice my body-weight in noodles. But it all depends on ^^^^ and whether I can put one foot in front of the other without wincing, yelping or puking (the Holy Trinity of pain definitions).

At the moment, I’d be extremely happy with an enjoyable half marathon around the Outer Hebridean island of Benbecula. So many entries but it’s still one race at a time. Let’s hope I can keep a decent start and finish statistic.

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  1. Thanks for this Carolyn.¬† It practically makes me feel fit if you do all the work and I get the glory¬† and the medals, to say nothing of the goody bags.¬† Ran (well mostly ran) 4¬† miles this morning with guide dog and trainer.¬†¬† Guide dog is pretending to be dead (at least I hope he is only pretending) and PT is away home to waken boy friend up.¬†¬† I did not enquire which method she is going to use to waken him;¬† none of my business what people do in their own homes. You are doing¬†¬† so wonderfully well with your running and I am so impressed.¬†¬† just stay away from the injuries please. I know you will be here in June so I thought I’d give you something to look out for when you are running near the sea. Sunday, 21 June – Oban Sea School as a student.¬†¬† See web page to see what boat looks like Friday, 26 June – Alba Sailing “True Blue”;¬† at long last I have someone to take control of the boat but he costs but what’s money?¬†¬† However, I’m still looking for two crew so if you know of anyone?¬† ¬†The plan is I act as skipper to gain experience and learn as much as I can while the real skipper takes a back seat unless I get it all wrong.¬† Fingers crossed I wont get it too wrong.¬† Have a look on Alba Sailing’s web page and keep an eye out for the boat.¬†¬† You could get lunch!!! No other news;¬† did a 10k last weekend, not brilliantly so more work needed.¬† Got a 5k end of next month which begins and ends in the pub on the longest day of the year with Strathaven Striders.¬† Another couple of 10ks after that and then perfect peace till Christmas. I’m hoping to start a PhD in July with Stirling – getting older adults to walk to try to prevent non-communicable diseases (Alzheimers); the thought is that 30 minutes of walking encourages blood to go through the brain.¬† Should work. That’s it Carolyn;¬† I’m still walking Veda every Saturday;¬† some days it is a chore but I mostly enjoy it.¬† I often think of you, especially at the last wee tiny hill when we were running out of time. Keep going girl, you’re doing great and remember to be good to yourself. Elspeth . e.

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    This is how my running life goes: doldrums and procrastination, some good bits, loads of race entries followed by almost as many DNSs. My eyes are way bigger than my stomach, legs, lungs, non-injury periods.And somehow (presumably because I have so much money, hope and enthusiasm) I still keep entering races, year after year. Just encase ;-)June 2015 – The Heb 3 Half marathons series, including Benbecula, Skye and Barra. Yeah Baby!3 x 13.1 miles or thereabouts, with hills, headwinds, banter galore and quite possibly a¬†stupidly short tartan running kilt. In a four week period. No chance of a possible injury there then! A shot at the new local park-run route which is actually in a park (faints off to the side to visually underline this) means I’ll get a 5K in the inbetween week and/or the inaugural Tomintoul whiskey 10K and who doesn’t like one of those?July – I have planned day-long mimble around MacRitchie reservoir trails in Singapore, with Brian, one of my MBA buddies. Why? Because it will be awesome trail training for BU50K, it’s the location of the TNF100 Singapore so a decent chance to¬†find out what the expected technicality of these North Face events¬†is¬†and there are opporchancities for shopping and visiting some mates.[I am sure that Hokas or recovery flip-flops are welcome in all Orchard Road boutiques].August – Borneo Ultra 50K aka BU50K. Or is it TMBT 55K? I’ve definitely entered one and they start from same place on same day and will require cheat-sticks,¬†climbing on hands and knees as well as a healthy smattering of Dr. Doolittle syndrome “Please Mister snake, please do not wake up now as I stumble through the undergrowth”. Yes, I tend to verbalise my fear of biting and sucking animals. I’ll have 12-15 hours to perfect my communication. This is my “A” race for the year, in line with that whole forty year old birthday landmark.September – no events planned but since BU50K is the last weekend in Aug, I’ll probably be recovering in matching air-boots and stretching my quads out on a vice in preparation for………October – Climbathon International¬†Trail event. Different terrain from the above but still Malaysia’s finest attempt to crush my knee cartilage into vampire-meets-sunshine dust in the foothill of Mt Kinabalu: the 20th highest mountain in The World. Should be great funishment and I can celebrity spot the sky-runners in the elite race while I organise the straight jacket and fire up the O2 tent for ‘after’November – Beirut Marathon. More a ‘why not?’, than a ‘why’ scenario. A bronze medal event in Lebanon over a more traditional forum. I blame Carrie and Homeland for my slight but ongoing obsession with the Northern part of the Middle-East. I wouldn’t say no to toe-ing the line in Jordan and Jeruslam too. Pass the headscarf……The Mighty Jeff Ooi RD of KL Tasek Perdana 12 hour ultra fame, has just announced a 16 hour event happening sometime near the end of the year. Might be a great time to try and breach the 100K mark whilst eating twice my body-weight in noodles. But it all depends on ^^^^ and whether I can put one foot in front of the other without wincing, yelping or puking (the Holy Trinity of pain definitions).At the moment, I’d be extremely happy with an enjoyable half marathon around the Outer Hebridean island of Benbecula. So many entries but it’s still one race at a time. Let’s hope I can keep a decent start and finish statistic. nywanda | May 24, 2015 at 21:16 | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: http://wp.me/p2zlsd-m5 | Comment | ¬†¬†¬†See all comments | ¬†¬†¬†Like |

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