To cut a long story short Sue's dad had been given 6 months last July as he had cancer that had spread to his liver, and last Thursday morning he died after a very short but abrupt decline. That meant we headed down to Northamptonshire Thursday am and spent a strange few days there, coming back on Sunday evening. This Wednesday evening we'll be heading down again and coming back Sunday evening once more.
How has this affected my preparations for Paris?
Well, the diet really hasn't been good. With little food in the house we had to make regular trips to the mini-market, eat out twice, had no access to the Internet to log anything and felt little compulsion to do anything other than comfort eat anyway. Back to square one there and realistically 11st 7lb is about the best I can hope for ahead of Paris.
Running wise it was also challenging but I did better.
I'd skipped Wednesday's run after the Tuesday difficulties, and just did 30 minutes on the cross trainer on Thursday am while Sue got her things together to go to her mothers. On Friday I did just over 10 miles, with the middle 6.5 miles at 7.25, half marathon tempo pace.
Problem was we had planned to come back on Saturday so I hadn't taken the Garmin charger, trail shoes, limited clothes, no water bottle/belt. That made Sunday's run more challenging. The plan called for 12 miles with the middle 8 at marathon pace. I upped this a little, part choice, part accident of the route, so that I did 13.62 with 9 miles at marathon pace:
Quite pleased, as it felt fairly easy to run at that pace for a longer period. Strangely, it was only in the 2.6 miles cool down (9.00 mile pace) that my legs felt tired/awkward/sore. I wonder why?
This week sees 9 miles steady today, 6.5 miles intervals tomorrow, maybe 2 mile jog on Thursday (as no gym access), 10.5 miles tempo on Friday and 22 miles on Sunday.
Hope to get the diet back on track but being away again could be difficult. Just have to do what I can.
Will try to catch up on other blogs over the next few days!