Rock’n’Roll Nashville 5k – Race Report

It’s now several weeks since the Rock’n’Roll Nashville 5k, so forgive me for being very delayed in writing my race report!  I’ve had a crazy few weeks with lots of work and travel so blogging has unfortunately taken a hit.  Hopefully things will start to calm down a little now and I can get caught up!

The Rock’n’Roll Nashville 5k took place on a very, very, VERY rainy Saturday morning on 30th April 2016, with 5k, half marathon and marathon distances to choose from.  I was on a road trip with occasional guest blogger Sarah, and this was her First Ever 5k, so we were super excited for it!   Sarah included a brief summary of this race in her last guest post, so I’ll be keeping this one short and simply covering the race in a little more depth.

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My first Did Not Start, and why it was a good thing

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I’ve been a little bit MIA in the past few weeks!  I’ve been struggling with motivation because I’ve been injured, but have not handled it in the best way, if I’m honest.  Instead of working through the problem like a rational, adult human being, I complained about it and then had an almost completely sedentary month full of junk food and bad moods.

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I’m still not entirely sure what the problem is, but what I do know is that I can’t run without shooting pains in my left leg.   A couple of weekends ago, I was due to run a 5k and instead I ended up with a big fat DNS – Did Not Start.  However, I think this was absolutely the best thing I could have done, and I want to take some time to talk about WHY.

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Half marathon training plan. 0 to 13.1 in 12 weeks

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It’s a new year, and time for a new half marathon training plan!  We’re 3 weeks into January, and I’m only now just starting my 2016 training. For shame! In my defense, I have been travelling through Thailand for several weeks and only got home this weekend, so I didn’t have a chance to start earlier – but better late than never!

To be completely honest, I’m actually writing this blog ahead of time so that I have my training plan ready to go as soon as I get back – right now I’m lying in a sleeper carriage on a 12 hour overnight train journey from Chiang Mai to Ayutthaya, where we’ll stop for the day before moving on to Bangkok. It’s 9pm and I have 8 hours still to go!

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Diet forgotten, match abandoned. 2016 is go!

Happy new year everyone!

I haven’t written a blog post in a few weeks, for a couple of reasons.  I’ve been really busy with work, I’ve done some travelling and had a business trip to France which was much more stressful than I expected, and had some personal issues too. All in all, December was a split month for me, in some ways it was not the best month for me, but in other ways it was awesome. However, I did have some successes with running, so all was not lost!  I completed two more races since my last post, bringing my 2015 total to 19.

Ted Corbitt 15k, 9th December

It had arrived, the big race. My longest distance of 2015. The race that marked the final cell of my excel-spreadsheet-training-plan. It was an unseasonably warm December morning, which meant a last minute change to my running clothes. Running in one short sleeve tee was a nice novelty for mid-December!

 

Ready at the starting line with a running friend
Ready at the starting line with a running friend

 

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Vacation mid-way point – Checking in

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Good old London town

Half way through my trip home already!  I’ve spent 3 days in London, 3 days in Glasgow and tomorrow I’m off to the in-laws in England for 4 days.  It’s been a great trip home, even if the weather hasn’t exactly been hospitable, lots of rain!  I’ve been staying with my cousin who has two new dogs, so I’ve spent a lot of time with my two new best friends.

Ollie and Alfie
Ollie and Alfie

In my last blog post I outlined my plan to stay on track while I’m at home:

  • Step 1: Pick your battles – choose a few ‘bad’ foods to eat at home, instead of eating ALL the bad foods
  • Step 2: Set exercise goals in advance
  • Step 3: Track EVERYTHING
  • Step 4: Be accountable!

So it’s the vacation mid-way point:  How is the plan going? 

I won’t lie.  It’s not.  I have really tried to stay on track, but it’s been a LOT more difficult than I thought it would be.  This is mainly due to two reasons which I’ll go into below, but before I start explaining – I know these aren’t excuses to fall off the wagon.

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Vacations: Good for the soul, bad for the diet

I am writing this blog post whilst sitting at a bar in JFK airport, drinking a wheat beer.  I’m very pleased to tell you that I am on vacation for the next 10 days!

Don't worry, I tracked the beer calories
Don’t worry, I tracked the beer calories

Well, I’m SORT OF on vacation.  You see, I live in the good old US of A, northern NJ to be exact, but I am originally from Glasgow in Scotland.  I’ve been living here for 3 years and need to renew my visa so that I can stay in this lovely country.  In order to renew a visa, I need to visit a US Embassy outside of the country and give them my passport for a week – so it makes sense to travel home and wait out my passport returning whilst catching up with my family.

I am so excited!! I have 3 days in London, then 4 days in Glasgow, then 4 days in south Yorkshire.  I’m planning to catch up with family and friends, and see my nieces for a few days who I absolutely love.  Get me on that plane already!

There’s just one problem with disrupting your regular routine:

How do you stick to your diet and exercise regimes?

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