Last summer, was awesome. Hard training, racing, warm weather, adventure, possibility, friends and good times. We live for the good times don`t we? But life is just not like that. Not all of the time.
So much has changed in nearly six months, which has been exciting and challenging in equal measure. Good bits, and not so good bits. The last couple of weeks have been more of the latter. I write this now, slowly (annoyingly slowly) coming out the other side of what has felt like flu - less than ideal. In between working hard, trying to train and maintain a life balance - there is not so much room for illness! However - c` est la vie.
Feeling run down - frankly sucks. I was in a situation where bad news just kept on arriving, and the motivation to get the trainers on (especially when clear airways was somewhat an issue…) was not really on the plan. Or rather it was - but I didn’t want, nor feel I could, do it. I felt sorry for myself in a situation that was both inflicted and self-inflicted upon me and I was frankly, in a bit of a funk.
But, things are looking up. Not completely flu-free yet, but nearly there, and speed work is starting again. I am getting some solid ideas and plans for the summer, and the psyche is slowly coming back. My friends and family and invaluable to me, and their support in my good times, as well as less-good, is what keeps me going. What I am realising is feeling run down is part of life, but it does not mean give up on your goals. In fact, I am taking the concept of being ` run down `as a reminder to get working on my downhill technique. It’s all about the silver linings. Now it’s time to get my act together and plan, run.. go.
I also love this advert, brought to my attention this week. Sometimes I wonder, given how crazy life in itself can be, where the limits of possibility are. Turns out, crazily, there really is none. So don`t care what people think, and be yourself.
Now to try and tackle a long run. Adios.