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February started as January had finished – well, but there has been a recent dip that’s arrived at a most unfortunate time. These are top 10 points from my February 2017

  • A little over 140 miles run.
  • After much trouble I finally got a medical certificate signed for this years foreign ultra marathons
  • I dropped 2.8kg in weight through nothing but eating less and exercising more. This brings my total weight loss for 2017 to 5.3kg
  • I was informed that my entry to the UTBCN was incomplete but after much back and forth I was finally able to complete my registration!
  • I completed my first race of 2017 and my favourite race (even with its mild course alterations) the Vigo Tough Love 10. Awesome (Read the review here)
  • I shaved off my ultrabeard
  • I entered the Marlborough Downs Challenge
  • I pulled a calf muscle on a short central London RunCommute which ruled out my last weekend in February 49 mile training run in favour of trying to heal and protect my running at the Hockley Woods Trail and the Amersham Ultra
  • I caught the Adventure Show about ‘The OMM’ and am more convinced than ever that this is an event I’d love to do – so have started looking for a partner! All offers welcomed (Watch the Adventure Show on iPlayer by clicking here -available until mid March)
  • I bought quite a lot of new kit in preparation for some of this years adventures – naughty UltraBoy!

February has been a mixed bag essentially but it’s also offered a lots of excellent challenges, lots of buggy miles, lots of hills, lots of mud and I remain on track with both weight loss and my relentless desire to prepare for this year and beyonds challenges. However, enough about me – how are your preparations going? 

 
Since my failure at the CCC last year I’ve been over eating and under training, not massively over eating and not massively under training but enough that by Christmas I was feeling bloated and fat. However, I still did nothing about it and even when Country to Capital came knocking and I’d look like a fat ultra runner next to my peers I still did nothing about it. It was only when my work trousers got just too tight that I thought now is the time to do something about it.

However, my relationship with food and in particular houmous and chocolate (not at the same time) is complex and these two foods I struggle to give up. So what do I do? That’s right I’ve brought in the big guns – Diet Coke and Pepsi Max. 

In order to wean myself off over eating delicious food I’m using dirty diet drinks. The good news is I should be able to wean myself off the over eating in a couple of weeks and therefore then stop drinking way too much of this vile product. It’s not ideal but for me it’s the control measure and kickstart I need to get back down into training weight territory.

But there’s a lesson in here somewhere and I think that it’s ‘don’t let a DNF get inside your head’, I’m always the same though and no matter what I say to try and keep me mentally focused when something goes wrong I just can’t do it. The DNF or race failure usually ends up with my ending up like a lard arse, trying to disguise weight gain and kidding myself outwardly that nothing’s wrong while inwardly hating myself at what I’m becoming. So yes, the Diet Coke break may seem bonkers but if it breaks a habit then why not?

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