Along with many many other events the Ultra Tour of Arran has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
Rat Race sent out an email to all participants in the last week of February with choices to either run on the new date (October 2021), defer until 2022 or look to either transfer to another event or look at a refund.
I've decided to go for October... and in a way I'm a little relieved, as the beginning of the year has been horribly busy at work and my lack of running in the week was then compounded by picking up an all too familiar calf niggle!
The first 3 weeks of January were pretty solid in terms of mileage, but week 3 was all at the weekend and I really struggled on day 2.
Since the beginning of the year I have been really busy at work and while I know I should be really grateful for working through this crisis, it has been too much and has definitely been detrimental to my overall health and fitness.
I'm sitting at my desk at home from 7.30am until about 7pm, often going back to back for hours in zoom calls and minimal breaks apart from grabbing a drink or food.
When I end my calls for the day I come downstairs to eat dinner (and say hello!), but then spend the rest of the evening on my laptop trying to keep up with work email!
The result of inactivity, sitting all day and probably also due to stress levels was an inevitable injury.
The old calf niggle hit again towards the end of January, meaning a 10 day layoff.
During this time I did go to the garage gym a few times, but the cold, damp, dark evening made this a real chore and I was pretty half hearted most days.
As time was ticking on and the Covid lockdown continued, it became more likely that the race would be postponed and sure enough the inevitable email came through..
So.. its a replan for October..
The same 4 key items will be on my list and over the next couple of weeks I will be thinking about how I can use the experience from this winter to give myself the best chance of success for later in the year!
- 20 Week Plan
- Nutrition Plan :
- Target Weight :
- Plant Based Diet
I'm just back out running again and will (fingers crossed) be getting out most evening, even if just for a short run
RobThe grumpy old man... played county level at multiple sports, semi-pro football and since retiring from rugby taken part and completed in single to multi day adventure races, half marathons, marathons, ultra running, triathlon, half ironman, ironman. A qualified PT, Kettlebell Coach and Personal Coach.. Loves cake!
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