2020 - the most unusual year of my life
I'm sure this is the sentiment that is felt by many many people as we continue to go through the ever changing conditions of Covid 19 restrictions.
Here's the summary of my year to date, and then I'll add some thoughts on how this has affected my health and fitness journey and also what is next!
5th Jan - new job, back to Central London. Work was full on from day 1 and I was staying away from home during the week. I was able to run regularly enough during the week and at weekends and was happy with the running targets I'd set for the year.
12th March - Covid closure of our London office and I started working from home.. initially thinking this would be temporary. The UK lockdown came into play the following week and as we all know, it has been an ongoing situation! Here's my main learnings
- I sit down far more while at home - often spending the whole day in calls
- I'm able to run regularly, but have found motivation for other forms of exercise has been low
- The proximity of the fridge and home comforts has led to me putting a few lbs on.. but..
- I hit my 1000 miles running 6 weeks ahead of last year, so I have been very regular with 25-35 miles per week and not had any injury hit time
1st August - office re-opens but with restrictions in place and attendance is optional. I've been in a few times but having spent a couple of days in the office, sat on zoom calls, I'm more selective on when I'll go in again.
No races booked for this year, I've been running regularly but not particularly quickly.
I've put on a few lbs, as the proximity of the fridge and home comforts wins out over a little too often over being sensible.. but I have a plan in place..
I've entered my second 100km race : Ultra Tour of Arran which is April 2021, so I have given myself 6 months to get ready.
I'm half way through my nutrition course, so my combined goals are:
1. Create a 6 month training plan (by start of October)
2. Create a nutrition plan (for training AND the race)
3. Get down to my target weight
4. Dare I say it... move to a Plant Based Diet... I'll write more about this separately..