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March 1, 2018

What a week it has been!

 

As the Beast from the East, Storm Emma continues to batter my back garden trees and shrubs to the extent where I'm not sure where they will end up by the morning, it really has been a challenge this week in terms of running. Especially in terms of maintaining and extending event training.

 

The various strands of news media, from radio & TV, to online & social, has seen a consistent trend of some significant dangers out there in some areas of the country, with red warnings for life safety aswell as a real test of our day-to-day ability to live and work; of our social mobility and of our support of those most vulnerable within our society.

 

As the Beast from the East, Storm Emma continues to batter my back garden trees and shrubs to the extent where I'm not sure where they will end up by the morning, it really has been a challenge this week in terms of running. Especially in terms of maintaining and extending event training.

 

The various strands of news media, from radio & TV, to online & social, has seen a consistent trend of some significant dangers out there in some areas of the country, with red warnings for life safety aswell as a real test of our day-to-day ability to live and work; of our social mobility and of our support of those most vulnerable within our society.

 

Juxtapose that with images of outstanding beauty, joy and laughter; aspects of day-to-day life that can often go without notice, and it has been 'one of those weeks!'

 

Why then, have I ran?

 

Let me be honest; each morning this week, I haven't wanted to! Monday was a day off, but since then I have been able to get out and cover 23 miles, and each morning I've wanted to roll over, put the alarm on snooze and drift back off to the land of nod.

 

The amazing thing is; I'm not on my own. I have seen with my own frost-covered eyes, fellow runners, going about their normal morning routines, but swapping normal attire and tarmac or trail paths for michelin tyre style layers and crunching ice and snow paths.

 

The thing is; it has felt great!

 

Running is something that becomes innate. It is the sense of achievement once you arrive home; of mental and physical benefit and readiness for the day (or respite from a hard days graft for those evening runners amongst us); it's a love, a happiness, a sense of normality, efforts to role-model to those around us and something under our control. How dare the weather come along and attempt to take that away! Plus; that event won't train for itself! Whether you are doing a couch to 5km or an ultra; your training pattern is key to being able to compete to your best.

 

That being said, we do need to apply a little bit of our own personal sense of sensibility. The storm will pass. Run if

you can; if it's safe and if you are confident enough with such a challenge. If not, a couple of days won't harm the longer term goal.

 

So, I have managed so far this week to drag myself out of bed, layer up, and go about my norm. However each day have taken a view of personal safety and done what I can. If you haven't been able to; take the rest days and begin to get back on the path once the dust has settled.

 

Your running will be there for the long-term; this storm, like all others, will pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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