Project 36 | Month 1 

Did you think I’d given up on my blog? Yeah? So did I!

They say start things as you mean to go on and if 22nd Janaury was anything to go by, I’ll mostly be enjoying great nights out with the best of friends, scoring Bullseyes and losing things…  

  

… So far this year, I’ve lost (and sometimes found again) a pair of shoes, a set of keys, two Oyster cards, one debit card and a phone charger cable. 

Something I didn’t plan to lose but I’m glad I did however, was that 10km race time of 1h 1min. At the London Winter 10km I managed to take 5 minutes off my personal best which now stands at an unbelievable 56 minutes! It was 6 degrees and raining the whole time too.

Since then my running has really slowed again. Although I’ve managed to stick to my weight training and squeeze in a few yoga sessions, finding time to run and not lose energy has been an issue. So please, if you see me, feed me or offer me your shoulder to take a nap. If there is one person I can rely on to make sure I eat well it’s Sam! Where there’s a brunch Sam will make sure it’s tried and tested 😉. This was her French toast at Chrisptopher’s.
  
Next up, work. Man did those big clients come knocking in Jan! Lots of new business pitching and big projects kicking off at the start of this year has meant things have been a bit crazy chez Battenhall. Good crazy. Really really good crazy. But I’m not gonna lie. It has worn me out a little. Month two is going to have to be a little more focused to get the life work balance back on track. 

  Last but not least, let’s talk about travel. Thamy and I headed off to Germany for a Wiesbaden weekender with Pat and Astrid, who we met in Belize. We drank absinthe, made snow angels in the garden, ate chimney bread, played cards against humanity and so much more in just two days. 

Travel really feeds my soul. This year I’ve already got a full line up of trips with Japan and Alaska coming up next. I might even have a few tasty work trips ahead too. Whatever happens, I am not going to be losing my passport anytime soon!!! 

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Project 35 | Day 337

I’m gymmin’ it, gymmin’ it, gymmin’ it! Gymmin’ it like that! 😉

I’ve been strength training with Chloe not once but twice this week as get into my crazy marathon training schedule. Running will start again on Sunday and then it’s a gym, yoga, run mix every week until April! 

Here are my promises to you during my training: 

  • I will fill your social media feeds with my running activities on social media at least twice a week
  • I will talk to you about my training progress at least once every time I see you
  • I will buy new fitness clothes and accessories because I ‘need’ them
  • I will complain if I get sick or injured
  • I will be highly excitable if I get any new personal bests 
  • I will eat a ridiculous amount of food
  • I will get annoyed with tourists and traffic lights on a regular basis
  • I will be running on endorphins

With all that it mind I sincerely apologise in advance 😉

May the force be with you!

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Project 35 | Day 271

Boom! 7km in he bag and feeling strong. In fact the only reason I stopped there was that I had no idea where I was running after that point and it was dark! Next time I’ll set my google maps to tell me where I need to go so that I can keep on moving 😊 It’s either that or buy a SatNav!

My splits were steady but I’m chasing distance not speed at the moment as the Great South Run is less than 2 weeks away now 😱. 

My goal is to do anything sub 1:55 which is my current race record. Even though I know I’ve done 1:40 before when I’ve been on better form. 

My personal secret to running any distance well is getting out when the weather is around the 12c mark. Works wonders. 😉

Photo: Featured on Instagram @shoefiesbysteph to acknowledge Shar on getting coverage in The Times for two of our clients! 👏🏻

Project 35 | Day 270

Cool crisp weather is exactly what I needed for my little Sunday sprint session. The roads were clear of people which meant no excuses and then just as I decided to sprint a pedestrian appeared ahead. Instead of seemingly chasing after her I waited until she turned the corner and then powered down the street. #runnersproblems

A quick trip into town later and I came home with walking shoes for Belize and new gait tested runners from Nike. I’m not taking any chances with my feet or ankles in the coming months. 

Game on! 

Project 35 | Day 263

Finally! I got out for a run and managed to do 4km without feeling crap! It’s been such a long time in my world not getting out and not having the energy, it was a real relief to get back on the road.

With just three weeks to get back on form it’s going to be tough but I have to give it a shot! Woah… I’m half way there! 

After lunch Gemma popped over for a girly chat and a great afternoon putting the world to rights, business plans in place and her comms strategy in order. She’s going to do a great job with Kona coaching. Watch this space! 

Project 35 | Day 256

It was an early start for a Sunday. I was back in Ealing by 10am to cheer on th Half marathon runners. I should have been one of them but September has taken a bit of a battering on my free time to train. 

Dad on the other hand, has been smashing it. PBs almost every week and one of the strongest forms I’ve seen him yet. Very proud and envious all at the same time. 

A lunch stop at Papaya was a lovely treat. Thanks Anne! I could’ve eaten all the poppadoms! 

Then home to rest and prepare for the busy week ahead. 

Project 35 | Day 209

Do you ever have those moments when you realise you should have taken a selfie with your mates but you forgot? No? I do. And yet I’m not 14! 

Meeting up with Carina and Hayley in Angel was one of those moments. We caught up briefly before my training run and before Carina goes back to Costa Rica next week. 

We have all known each other since Uni and although we don’t see each other very often, put us in a tapas bar and mention South America and we’re back in 2000 all over again. 

After a few hugs goodbye it was a 7km dash through the city to Paddington and then home to bed. 

That was my Tuesday x