I am happy to report that Barry is back! As I lolloped around the lake while everyone else was still in bed this morning, there he was- plastic bottle in mouth, tail wagging, and a cheeky glint in his eye. I really wanted to stop and get a photo of him, but unfortunately, I was moving way too fast to be able to stop in time- so fast, in fact, he was almost a blur. Maybe next time!
I am also slightly confused as to how this seems to be getting harder. I have been following my training plan and definitely not overdoing it, yet this morning was the toughest day yet. The muscles in my haunches burnt, I couldn’t seem to catch my breath and even the cheesy 80’s/90’s dance music in my headphones didn’t help. On the plus side, I have lost 700g in weight which almost makes putting myself through his ordeal, worth it!
Side note: it turns out that my headphones are not soundproof from the outside as I discovered when I popped into a shop to grab water on my way back. It became rather apparent that the whole queue could hear me unashamedly listening to “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory (don’t pretend you are too cool to know what song I mean).
In an attempt to keep improving, rather than just plateauing, getting disheartened and giving up, I am going to increase my training sessions to four times a week (urgh) whilst keeping the pace steady and not overdoing it.
I am overjoyed that some of you have had enough faith in me to put your hands in your pockets and donate to this great cause! When I set out to do this, I set a target of EUR 300, but am happy to say we have just surpassed the halfway point with over a month left to go. I haven’t even started emotionally blackmailing my friends and colleagues yet, so I guess the sky is the limit!
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