A nice little ‘present’ landed on my doorstep today, a chunky, funky, glittery medal for the virtual half marathon I completed on the treadmill last week (because Bath Half Marathon was cancelled due to the snow). It was a very painful run but what kept me going was the thought of this lovely medal!
My husband really doesn’t ‘get’ virtual races and medals, I think he feels they are a bit of a waste of money (although they are a lot cheaper than entering races – understandably) and he thinks that they are rewarding me for training runs which I would have done anyway. However, I can categorically say that many a time I’ve put on my trainers and run ONLY because I’ve signed up for an online virtual challenge, and didn’t want to miss out on the ‘shiny’, and as a rather shy and acrophobic runner they suit me completely. But then my husband doesn’t love medals like I do, he wears them on the evening of the race (a family tradition) but the next day they get thrown in a drawer, whereas mine are displayed with pride in our little gym (I stare at them when the going gets tough on the treadmill!). This particular beauty came from POW Virtual Running my favourite virtual running company at the moment.
While I’m here …… a quick update on my weight loss. I am currently following the 16:8 intermittent fasting diet, chosen mainly because I had a lot of success on 5:2. Alas, I’ve not been anywhere near as successful on 16:8. I’ve been following the rules but have only lost half a pound (net) in the three weeks I’ve been following the plan. Obviously I am not regulating my calories in the same way as I naturally did on 5:2. I won’t lie it’s disappointing but I will try hard for my last week and throw myself into my new diet next week.
Wish me luck!