I always seem to be making excuses; but the last twenty months have been pretty hard going for me personally. From the two stress fractures to my diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder, to describe this period of my life as ‘challenging’ would seem fair.
On Monday I tasked myself to attempt to run from Keswick to Heskett Newmarket following some of the Cumbria Way footpath and then over the top of High Pike. Although I succeeded in this, it was really tough going (tougher than it should have been) and it was a definite wake up call for me.
My fitness is nowhere near where I need it to be and I am carrying far too much body weight. I am having to take a cocktail of medication to try and keep my bipolar symptoms under control and an unfortunate side effect of these drugs is tiredness and weight gain. My weight is now just about where it was before I started running.
I do believe that I will get back to where I was with my weight and fitness, but I know this will take some time to achieve. In the short term this has led me to drop out of ‘The Quest’ ultra marathon in May and enter The Castle to Castle coastal trail race (10 miles) on the same day instead. In the long(ish) Term I have had to postpone my attempt to run the whole of the Pennine Way until at least 2019.
I am very grateful to everyone who has sponsored me and supported me so far. The money you have donated will go directly to help Hen Harrier conservation. I hope that you do not feel too let down by me. I will continue to enter events that will be part of the training for my final goal, I just ask for a bit of patience whilst I get to where I need to be.