Setting winter training goals

Oops. The last post I wrote was about pizza and that was nearly two weeks ago. Bad Tess.

Not doing very well at the whole ‘fitness blogger’ thing at the moment – work’s been busy and my weekends have been packed with fun things like weddings, bonfires and drinks out – which basically means that early morning endorphins have mostly been replaced with paracetamol and junk food.

And what about the evenings, I hear you say? Well, I don’t know about you, but when I’m busy at work and have lots going on in between, I just can’t be arsed with exercise and would rather curl up with a nice hot stew and magazine.

Just realised this is a massive de ja vu -> I wrote practically the same thing exactly this time last year! 

So yes… a line has to be drawn somewhere, and I’m doing it now. As we near the end of November and these gorgeous autumn colours turn to grey it’s time to start planning my winter training goals.

1. Make running comfortable again

I keep flirting with this, getting out for 6am sunrise runs, clifftop jaunts and token parkruns, but am not being consistent enough to see results.

Consistency really is key with running – or any type of fitness – I learned that also on yesterday’s 30 mile road ride when I had my arse handed to me on the hills.

It’s time to make time, no matter how busy I am. Whether I like it or not, there is always at least half an hour in every single day when I don’t need to be sat on my arse looking into a screen – working, writing or otherwise.

2. Swap this fat for muscle 

I’ve deliberately not said ‘lose weight’ here as I know focusing on that is never a healthy option for me. Before I started my fitness journey I hated my body, and would hide behind baggy clothes and chocolate bars on ‘fat days’ wondering how to sort myself out.

I know I keep harping on about it, but breaking my collarbone and wrist this year really has put the shitter on my resolve. I’m a creature of habit, with a very addictive personality, and right now I’m in a bit of a hole food and energy-wise, feeding my tiredness with the exact foods that create it. (I’m looking at you, breakfast, lunch and dinner carb-fests).

The carb cuddles have got to go. In come the protein breakfasts and weight training.

3. Build strength back in my shoulder and wrist


It’s really easy to follow physio exercises when you have to take your arm carefully out of your sling to do it. Or when you congratulate yourself for managing to do a full arm rotation, or are able to finally lift the kettle after eight weeks of nothing.

I was so good at my physio in the early stages. As soon as the sling came off and I could slip my left arm back into my rucksack without pain again I stopped it dead. Literally haven’t done anything since. Same with the wrist, haven’t done anything to strengthen it, just threw myself back into work for a ridiculously busy summer and now I’m weak and they both ache one way or another most days.

Note to self: If you must throw yourself over your mountain bike handlebars and shatter your bones, LOOK AFTER YOUR THEM ONCE THEY’RE HEALED FFS.

I’m really looking forward to using the healthcare available at work to fund an reassuringly expensive physio habit over the next few months – for my shoulder, for my wrist, and my running. Tom Goom  – watch out, I’m coming for you.

4. Prioritise sleep

Oh here she goes again. I’m such a broken record with this one. ‘Must go to bed at 10’, ‘OK, maybe 10.30’, ‘I know, I’ll set an alarm to go to bed, that’ll work’ *immediately hits snooze*.

It’s already way gone 11:30pm and I’m still writing so will have a go at this one tomorrow.

God damn my night-owl-ness. Does anyone else suddenly get the urge to DO ALL THE THINGS, WRITE ALL THE BLOGS, READ ALL THE SELF-HELP GUIDES ON HOW TO RELAX as soon as it’s time to wind down and, oh I dunno, relax?!

5. Stop making excuses

Stop writing about it, telling people about it, justifying it. Just get it done. Then we can all get on with our lives, can’t we?


Sound familiar? Or am I on my own here?! 

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*Bed time. This is the last blog I’ll post at midnight I promise!