The Comeback Chronicles: In Search of Motivation

Well hello there, folks. Fancy meeting you here. If you’re reading this, then you’ve probably become accustomed to my weekly Comeback Chronicles, which detail my return to running, sport and fitness after falling and breaking my ankle in December last year.

 

However this week’s post is going to be slightly different, for two reasons. Firstly, I’ve been sick all week. Like, sick as a dog. Some Summer flu that’s been doing the rounds. Cue a week spent (mostly) in bed watching (mostly) House of Cards on Netflix. Secondly and as a consequence of this, I’ve taken a whole week off sport, running, fitness… you name it. That’s left me with plenty of time to think. And in case you were wondering, I hate spending time alone with my thoughts.

 

I’ve come to realise, perhaps more so than normally, that running really is a form of therapy for me. It sounds silly, but that rush of endorphins and movement of limbs really acts as a way for me to process whatever it is that’s going on for me at any given time. And currently, that’s quite a lot. I haven’t spoken about it before on here, but I’ve been having a really tough year. One morning in January, my Dad sat my Mum down and told her in no uncertain terms that he was leaving her. And then, just like that, he left. The divorce papers were signed by April, and finalised in June. And just like that, my family broke apart.

 

I’m not meaning to sound overdramatic here. But it’s just that your family unit is something you take for granted, and no matter how bad things get in your own life, your family is usually there in the background, ticking along as usual. Having that unit taken away from you is like having the ground fall away from under your feet. What was once a certainty is now a tangled mess, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

 

I bring this up because this is a time in my life where I really need to be able to run. When a situation is making you unhappy, there’s usually something to be done about it. But in this case, it’s simply a case of processing and accepting a whole host of changes, and letting it sink in. It’s like a loss, and in that sense I really need to be able to process. I don’t have a goal at the moment, and I could really use something to throw myself into. If it weren’t for my injury, I would almost certainly be training for a marathon right now. But alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

 

I feel like I need to recalibrate. I need a new goal – something to throw myself into entirely. A marathon is out of the question, but I need something to aim towards in the midst of all the chaos.

The Comeback Chronicles: Episode 8

Well hello there! Coming to you live from a very hot and sweaty London! I’ve been pretty crap at blogging, but keeping on top of my weekly checkins definitely helps me to focus on my goals and appreciate how far I’ve come. Whilst I may sound a tad dejected, in all honesty things are still pretty good here, and I’m trying to learn to be grateful for everything I have and the incremental improvements I’ve made. So here goes!

What’s been going on

Thankfully after a crazy week the week before, things have been much quieter and more manageable at work this week. In other news, we’ve had the #greatbritishheatwave round 2 which has left us all feeling slightly hot and sticky. Apparently the UK just can’t do Summer well! In other news, it was my Mum’s birthday this weekend so we had a huge weekend of indulgence and activity – which I’m definitely recovering from!

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Fitness

It’s been a good week of workouts, although sadly I haven’t made it to the gym in the mornings – just after work. But nonetheless, a workout is a workout. I’m getting to the stage where all the trainers at my gym know me, which makes me a little self conscious! But anyways, here are the workouts I managed to do this week:

  • Monday: Rest day
  • Tuesday: A 30 minute run, some abs & pull up practice
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes cardio, abs & inversions
  • Thursday: 30 mintes cardio, abs & pull up practice
  • Friday: Rest day!
  • Saturday: A 30 minute run and some pull up practice
  • Sunday: Rest day! Just a nice walk around the park.

In the absence of real running and a concrete goal to work towards (the half marathon in September may not happen), I’m focusing on strength gains, and one of my goals for 2017 was to be able to do a pull-up. I’d say I’m about half way there, and have doubled down on my dedication after a month or so of slacking earlier on in the year. One day!

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Running

I managed to get in two runs this weekend, but neither were particularly eventful. I’m still sticking to the treadmill out of caution, and honestly even a 30 minute run has my ankle sore and swollen for at least a day. When I first broke my ankle I was told that I’d be back to my normal running schedule by June at the latest, but honestly I feel like I’ve barely made any progress. With a half marathon coming up in September, I’m feeling really dejected about the whole thing. Running was supposed to be my sport, but at the moment it’s just not there for me.

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Everything else

The emotional side of things has been fairly good, although Mum’s birthday brought up a lot of emotions about the Family Drama that’s been going on. We’re all just trying to do our best, but honestly it’s pretty knackering trying to carry on as normal when things are really difficult for us all. That being said, I think I’m probably just tired, hot and cranky as I write this – and I’m sure I’ll have a better outlook tomorrow! Might be time for a pamper night…

 

How’s everyone doing? 

How do you cope with an injury setting you back?

 

Lots of love,

 

Pippa

The Comeback Chronicles: Episode 7

Oh hey folks, fancy seeing you here! I know i’ve been a little absent on the whole blogging scene recently, but thought I’d catch you up on my progress on The Comeback Chronicles! Honestly, the ankle is so minimally painful at the moment that it doesn’t feel like it merits its own series… but nonetheless, here we go!

 

What’s been going on

It’s been very busy at work recently, with multiple projects coming to a head, and quite a few late nights at the office! That’s meant I’ve had to be much easier on myself when it comes to fitness – it just seems cruel to force yourself out of bed at six in the morning when you know the day ahead is going to be crazy enough as it is! I was pretty exhausted at the end of the week and so this past weekend was just spent in bed watching TV.

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Chillin’ with my cutie pie

Fitness

Like I said, last week was a bit crazy all things considered, so it was a case of keeping the fitness ticking over wherever possible. This is how my week of workouts shaped up:

  • Monday: Rest day
  • Tuesday: Rest day (I just didn’t have time to go workout…)
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes cardio, pull ups & abs
  • Thursday: Late night run on the treadmill, to unwind after a late one!
  • Friday: 30 minutes cardio, pull ups, inversions & abs
  • Saturday: A big one: Cardio, kettlebell & sandbag circuits, pull ups, inversions & abs!
  • Sunday: Another big one: a run, weights, abs, pull ups & inversions!

I have to admit I was less than enthusiastic about my weekend workouts, but once I got there and cranked up the music, I managed to muster up the energy and get shit done. I have to say I actually enjoyed the weekend workouts, as I had plenty of time to play around and experiment with different exercises and styles of training.

Running

Two runs this week, which is definitely better than nothing! The first was on Thursday night after a long day at work, which was great for decompressing and relieving stress. Then on Sunday, I had a 30 minute treadmill run just to get my body used to it. I feel like I’m going through the motions at the moment, but I’m hoping that I start to see some improvement in both the physical and mental sides of running. I’m going to sign up to some events soon. I guess sometimes you just have to stick with it through the rough patches… right?

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Need these good feels back

Everything else

Like I said, it’s just been a case of self-care this past week. I’ve been watching some great series such as House of Cards and The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as reading some really interesting and thought-provoking books. I’ve also made it a priority to spend time unwinding with friends – as someone who’s naturally quite introverted, I have to remind myself that connecting with friends is definitely something worth investing time in.

 

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Aaaaand that’s a wrap!

How was your week last week? 

Are you training for anything at the moment?

 

Lots of love,

 

Pippa

The Comeback Chronicles: Episode 6

Hey folks, how’s it all going? Time for your weekly recap!  Here’s whats been going on with me the past week:

What’s been going on

It’s been crazy busy at work this week. I’ve been pretty much spinning plates. But the plates are on fire. And I’m doing the hula. And did I mention the floor is lava? Well yeah, it’s been one of those weeks. On top of that it’s been hot as balls in the UK and the air con in my office was broken, so it’s been a bit of a struggle all things considered.

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Workouts

Well I tried. And you cannot fault me for trying. I went to the gym Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, with lungs that apparently couldn’t breathe in the hot air and legs that fought me all the way. Come Thursday, I decided my body needed some rest, and felt altogether more human for it. As a side note, does anyone else get the overtraining bitchiness?

Here are the workouts I managed to complete:

  • Monday: 20 minutes stair master, 10 minutes running, abs & inversions
  • Tuesday: 20 minutes running, 10 minutes spinning, abs & inversions
  • Wednesday: 30 minutes spinning, abs & inversions
  • Thursday: Rest day!
  • Friday: Bonus after-work workout: 20 minutes spinning & inversions.
  • Saturday: Rest day!
  • Sunday: Killer calisthenics workout, 30 minute cycle, abs & inversions

 

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Running

I only managed to get in ten minutes running this week. My calves are utterly screwed – a recurrent injury that actually forced me to pull out of Budapest Marathon last year. I’ve self-prescribed rest and a sports massage – maybe even some yoga. But basically, it’s not been going so well. To add insult to injury, I was supposed to be running the Salomon Sunset 10k on Saturday – a night run that celebrated one of the longest days of the year – but I had to pull out under strict orders of people far more expert than me! To say I’d been looking forward to this race is an understatement, and so I was thoroughly disappointed to have to cancel.

Everything else

My mood has been a little low recently, which I attribute to a general state of burnout. As a result, I spent most of the weekend watching Black Mirror in my PJs. I’m feeling much better now – thank god for Netflix!

 

How’s your week been?

Lots of love,

 

Pippa

The Comeback Chronicles: Episode 5

Uhhh so it’s been a hot minute since i posted on here… apologies all round. Since I’m trying to get over myself and actually write something, I thought I’d share where I’m at currently, and what’s been happening recently.

What’s been going on

  • Summer has arrived in the UK and it’s hot as balls.
  • I’m a month into a new job and things are ramping up nicely.
  • Things have been a bit horrific in the UK politically, and that’s part of what’s led me to hide away under my pillow.
  • I’m in a bit of a lull with fitness – but maybe that’s the heat.

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Workouts

I’ve been trying to switch up my workouts to first thing in the morning, with about a 50% success rate. What’s bothering me about my morning workout attempts:

  1. I hate mornings.
  2. I’m not having very efficient workouts in the morning, (see above).
  3. I feel slightly rushed and don’t have time to play around and try new things.

I’m hoping that this is just part of the transitional phase, and that my workouts will get better as I start to get more used to being up earlier in the morning. For now I’ll generally get to the gym and do something fairly straightforward like the step machine or spin bike, before moving onto bodyweight and kettlebell circuits once I’m a bit more awake. My main goal at the moment is to be able to do a pull up – I’ll keep you posted on that one!

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Running

I’m in a funk with running, it has to be said. I’ve been going through the motions but not really feeling it. My ankle is still sore, and my calves are stiff pretty much every morning when I wake up. So it’s not ideal. I’m supposed to be running a Salomon Sunset Run this weekend but honestly I’m not sure I’m up to it. My calves feel raw and sore, and I think it might just be time for some TLC.

Everything else

I’ve been really busy recently with work, family time and hanging out with friends – a real priority since my birthday, when everyone was so lovely and reminded me how many people I have around me. As much as I love spending time with those close to me, I haven’t had much breathing space, and so I plan on getting some real self-care in over the weekend (read: sleep. God, i need sleep). But all things considered, it’s not a bad, heading for burnout kind of stress like I was feeling a few months ago – it’s more a whirlwind of activity, which I can definitely get on board with.

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How have you been? What’s new in your world? 

How do I get my mojo back?

 

Lots of love,

 

Pippa