Work has been busy (but brilliant), the weekends hectic and the evenings I'd usually be writing have been replaced with boxing in preparation for my fight in a few weeks.
THREE BLOODY WEEKS TODAY, in fact. This time on March 19th I'll have either already had my fight or be gearing up for it, with an army of friends cheering my corner. You can sponsor me here.
I've got some of my favourite people coming to support me and they've assured me they're not coming to see me lose, so even though I know it's just banter, the pressure is on to win.
To be honest though, I'm just preparing myself mentally to actually get back in the ring and do my best, whatever that may be on the night.
It's genuinely terrifying stuff, this boxing lark. You can be so confident and capable on the bags and pads but as soon as someone starts trying to punch you in the face it can all go to shit in the blink of a (hopefully not black) eye.
Training on the whole has been going really well. I've absolutely loved the fitness and felt strong, like it's actually going in this time. Just wish we had a bit more time to get ready.
We started sparring a couple of weeks ago and until last week there were no tears, but I had a crap session and balled my eyes out after getting battered over and over as we were being paired and watched for matching. Think the pressure got to most of us girls last Tuesday, there weren't many dry eyes in the room.
It's all part of the process though, and I have to remember that. You have to have a bad spar to learn from it and come back stronger. I've given myself the rest of the week off for a break.
This is a video of me and my little mate having a good spar the week before last - it's nice to actually face someone my own height for once, and we feel quite comfortable fighting each other so it'll be interesting for both of us if we get matched.
So yeah... 21 days left until I step into that ring so stay tuned to see how I get on.
In the meantime, there's the small matter of Brighton Half Marathon to run tomorrow, which at the moment isn't feeling like my finest decision in the lead up to fight night, but I'm hoping I won't have to drag myself too hard to the finish.
I'm parking my sub-2 goal for now and am just gonna run happy in my new kit from Brooks* all the way to the annual post-race pudding. Maybe even walk a bit. With a smile on my face, cheering on friends, soak it all up, ftw.
It's actually quite liberating to not be worrying about a time goal, fretting about nutrition, stressing about splits and race kit and on-the-day strategy.
|Let's go and BOSH this half, shall we?|
I'm quite looking forward to seeing if two runs a week, (mostly intervals or sprints) and a feck load of boxing will get me through 13.1 miles without too much trouble. Stay tuned. Edit: turns out it does. Happy days :)
Once that's done, it's back to boxing Tuesday (hopefully, post-half recovery allowing), beginner skateboarding lessons Wednesday (more on this soon), and oh yeah, I reeeeeallly need to get swimming as I've also got the Swimathon Simply Swim 5k to do between 9-20th March haven't I?!
The phrase Jack Of All Trades, Master Of None, may be ringing a few bells right now, but I'm just filling my days with things I love to do, and I can't really see any harm in that... :)
Ask me on Monday if that's still my opinion however...
* Brooks supplied kit for me to run the half in, race/kit review coming soon
What's got your energy/attention right now
(full or otherwise)?