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Go 2018 !
I went through a phase of not wanting to go out and run (this is really weird for me - I usually love running, and don't have much of a problem staying motivated). I was so happy to find Open Run because it means I get at least one run in per week. It was also fun watching my times get better each week I as gradually increased my fitness again, though I seem to be plateauing finally.
Mrs Pete and I are still going strong but she has overtaken my efforts in age-percentage. I get to do number 310 on Saturday, she is a bit behind on that score but nearly at 300. We both managed a real 5 mile race a couple of weeks ago, despite the intense heat the UK has been bathed in...
Fasting today and did a lunchtime run for the first time on a fast day (and having not broken my fast yet) and was actually a bit faster than usual! Pretty chuffed with that! Has anyone else experienced that?
2018/19 has had its ups and downs for me too, last December I started limping on my right leg with a thigh pain that seemed associated with the hip replacement I had 18 months previously. It took 2 months of rest and gentle cycling before I could run again and it took a while to get up to 5k pace, but at the same time I started getting out in the hills more with the view to attempting (again) the Wales 3000s challenge of 15 peaks in a day. One attempt in May made me think it was beyond me now but we did a lot of recce and route choice work that week and at the same time the last lingering twinges from my leg went away, probably from all the downhill walking on technical ground. We returned a month later, with maximum daylight but no visibility (clouds at 2500 feet all day), and got around by the skin of our teeth - out for nearly 21 hours, 16 hours for the 15 peaks themselves. 30 years ago it took me 8 1/2 hours but I did have support at the road crossings...
Since then I have been trying to improve my parkrun 5k times - I have just done number 359 in 24:50 and want to see this another 30 seconds lower by Xmas. Also did a 10 mile race in September, 10 minutes slower than 10 years ago, and I am trying to add mileage to my training runs to build a bit more endurance.
I no longer do 5:2 but my weight is stable between 135 -138 lbs and has been for 5 years or so. I do go for long periods without eating, some days, so I suppose I have a variable eating window which allows for exercise planning around mealtimes.
Great to hear from you, hope some of the others look in with their updates.
Pete - no longer so creaky!