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A few weekends back I travelled back to the UK for the Run Mummy Run Retreat in Cheshire, hoping to find my running mojo again. Had a wonderful weekend, met online friends in real life, made lots of new friends, improved my running technique and boogied Saturday night away :-) More pictures at bottom of post. I was a bit shocked at my size and shape now. The photographic reality doesn't match what I thought it was...

I found my enthusiasm for running again, but strangely have decided to change my running plans for 2015. I had signed up for the Bristol Bath (inaugural) Marathon on OCtober 25th this year. My running had been doing well until May, when I started my new job. For the past 2 months, I have hardly been running and not conincidentally, have put on most of the weight I had lost last year. This is a bit of a bummer.

I am torn between being pretty sad and disappointed at myself, and between showing myself some understanding and giving myself some slack. I have started a new job and for the first time am in a leadership role. It is going well and I am loving it, but there is so much to learn, am trying to cope with the extra work, and sadly my gym & running were the first to go. It is what it is.

I was stressing about only having 16 weeks or so until the marathon and how I could get back to marathon fitness. And then I realized no one is forcing me to do this. I don't have to run it. So my plan is to lose the weight, eat better, start going to my gym 2-3 times a week and to start running regularly again. I am also going for 2 sport clinic appointments to get my gait and running style checked and hopefully to get some technique tips and exercises.

I am not going to make any plans about races for 2015 yet - I might do the 10K Greifenseelauf in September and I will probably do the Christmas 10k, and maybe I will get a ballot spot for the London Marathon 2016! RMR weekend for 2016 of course also go in the diary...

Weekend Photos here