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Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
Middle-aged, middle-weight, mother of 3 on mad marathon mission
When I started this blog, it was to track my progress from an occasional kayaker to taking on the Devizes to Westminster non stop 125 race. Little did I know that would start me on a long distance obsession which has resulted in my completing the 30th Marathon des Sables. It has been a strange and sometimes painful ... but always wonderfully challenging journey

This is my occasional account of a middle-age mother's attempt to take on things which are really quite beyond her.

I've lost the balance

crawlingkiwiby crawlingkiwiJan 21st 2012
Just when my training schedule should be stepping up, I've had almost 2 weeks of virtual inactivity on the training front. I've managed a couple of runs, a couple of gym sessions and a swim, but that's nowhere near what I should be doing at the moment. I'm trying not to be disheartened and I know that compared to this stage in the training last year I'm miles ahead ... literally miles ahead in fact.

So where has it gone wrong? Work, family and life in general seems to have intervened in a particularly frustrating way. Two weeks ago, we competed in a hard and fast 14 mile race on the Thames and despite my balance problems for about a mile (literal balance problem - hangover from encephalitis many years ago, occasionally my balance goes for no apparent reason) we were delighted with the improvement we showed. The following week I managed to run/gym, but then had to take daughter #1 back to Cambridge for another uni interview. Then I was unwell and that's when life seemed to take a further turn towards the frenetic. We had to cope with one daughter deal with the stress of waiting for a uni offer: finally discovered after several interviews, pooling, recalls, more interviews, that it was a no from Cambridge, but with a firm offer and a sports scholarship from Durham, it wasn't the end of the world.

Then daughter #2 who has struggled to train recently was hit with debilitating headaches, cue several doctors' visits, blood tests, high emotion. While daughter #3 has had an offer of a place at a new (much better) school away from a nasty bully, but was hugely emotional at the prospect of a move. Add to that mix needing THREE new tyres in the past 5 days for THREE cars (2 flats and 1 bald) and the news that my father has been rushed to hospital in NZ with chronic heart failure (among other problems). Then comes parents' evenings and a series of 12 hour working days. I've continued to get up at 5.20am, but have been unable to manage more than just a walk round the block with the dogs. Total bloody exhaustion is lurking nearby!

So all in all I'm feeling a bit of a failure and as though my life has become completely off kilter - but we've put tomorrow aside for a paddle and a trial at something completely different. We're going to try out dragon-boat racing before we do a shortish training paddle.

And Monday is the start of a new week - I've brought my boat back home to see if that makes it easier to get out on the river first thing in the mornings. All I know is that if I don't get things back on track, any hope we had of going under 24 hours for the DW race will be out the window. I have to get some balance back in my life - if only to stop the stress I feel building when I don't get out for a long training session at least once a week.

Here's to a more balanced few weeks...
sarahleonardby member: sarahleonard, Mar 5th 2012 21:56
Oh my goodness what a few weeks you've had! You really should't beat yourself up, I've had a cold for what feels like a month and I think I've done less then you! Sometimes life just has to come before training...and once you get back in the swing of things you'll be back on track and feeling much better :o)
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