After a bit of a break, this week has been back to work, and I am so glad to be back. Those few weeks don’t fail to remind you how much you love it, and make you hungry to work even harder over the coming year. That being said, whilst the motivation may come easily after some time away, the fitness doesn’t, and that is what we have to work hard to chase.
Tuesday was my first session back and I started with a 45 minute progression run. I was so excited to get the legs working hard, but boy was it a shock to the system. Whilst two weeks isn’t that long, and they say it takes more than 2 weeks to lose fitness, it definitely didn’t feel as easy as it usually does, but that is ok, and that is good. We’d be shocked, and probably actually disappointed, if it did feel easy.
There is no point dwelling over lost fitness as that was inevitable, but also the point! We need to reset to restart and get stronger. Rather than be frustrated by how hard it may feel now, I am SO excited by the hard work I can put in to get back to my previous fitness and beyond. I love a challenge and I am so excited for the winter of training and racing ahead.
Winter training holds some of my favourite sessions and I love the grind it poses, but it can be really tough at times. When it is, as cheesy as it sounds, remember, winter miles bring summer smiles. The hard work we all put in over the winter will be so so worth it come it the summer. So, if it’s a cold, wet day, and you ask yourself, should I go out today? The answer is YES, because it’s those days that make you stronger. It’s not necessarily the PB sessions that go exactly to plan, it’s the ones where you battled through to complete them. Those are the ones that count.
So, bring on the winter (but a few more weeks of sunshine first would be welcome).
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