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Long time no speak!

I am currently sitting in one of my favourite coffee places and was scrolling through instagram [standard anti social coffee behaviour] which led to me looking through all my old photos . . . which led me to my blog. I forgot how much I enjoyed doing it . . . reading my old posts made me rather emotional.

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I follow a lot of bloggers and it is so easy to get absorbed into their lives and get swept away. I love the idea of the blogging community but it is rather like social media… it can have negative connotations. I started my blog when I went to Australia in 2015, for my medical elective at the end of medical school. It was a platform primarily to write about all my experiences and travelling, also a communication channel for my family. I remember feeling nervous writing it at the beginning as it is on the internet . . . public . . . for everyone “to judge”. To make a blog, you are talking about yourself, people may view it as self absorbed. But I see it as brave, confident and “a don’t care” attitude of what people think. When I was reading through my old posts, I like how the blog is just me and my thoughts written down with no worries and no care. It is my little space.

I thought I would post again as it felt right and several rather important life events have happened in the last year.  The most significant one . . . I AM MOVING TO AUSTRALIA!! 

I made the decision last year, that I wanted to go to Australia after my foundation training and work out there for a year as a doctor. After foundation training which is 2 years, you apply for further training eg GP training. I have known for a long time that I want a year out of training and didn’t apply for further training in the UK. I didn’t feel ready to commit to another training program. I want some time out of training to fly my wings and explore other exciting opportunities. Also another reason why, I havent definitely decided on which speciality I want to apply for; and for me there is no rush or pressure to complete my training.

I am not going to talk about how I applied for a job in Australia, as it is such a lengthy stressful process [I started in February and only a month ago I got my visa approved]. The exciting news is . . . I have a job working in A&E, in a hospital in ADELAIDE. So I will moving to Adelaide! 

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In a way this blog is rather sentimental as I started it when I went to Australia 2 years ago. Now I will be moving out there! I am a bundle of emotions currently as in less than 3 weeks, I will be getting on a plane with a one way ticket #shitsticks. I am excited for all the new adventures, new experiences, new friendships, new step in my career. I am also shit nervous about living in a country half way around the world, completely and totally away from family and all my loved friends. These past few months have made me realise how lucky I am to have such a great family and friends. I have a small family but they are my rock. Thinking about leaving them, makes me teary. I also have an amazing group of girlfriends- who have been incredible support and they are such solid loyal fabulous friends. I keep thinking am I doing the right thing moving away!?

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This is something I have wanted to do in so long. Ever since I went to Australia 2 years ago, I have had a yearn to go back. It is hard though seeing my good friends progressing in life. I feel like I will be missing out on big life events, where I want to be there celebrating, supporting them. However, moving to Australia is FOR ME, this point in my life is the right moment. I know it will only help me grow as an individual and be positive for my life.

I recently read an article in Red magazine about how we all reach milestones at different stages in our life and how it is easy to feel out of sync with your friends. It talks about how there isn’t a “pinnacle of happiness or success” but the pathway you chose as an individual is what matters. The article really related to how I am feeling.

“Arm in arm but never in step”

I really feel moving to Australia is the next part of my journey and who knows where it will lead to.

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This turned into a rather philosophical post, but I am rather emotional at the moment!

#Stockholmmarathon

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 Stockholm is officially 16 WEEKS away which seem like ages . . . but I remember last year with my Paris marathon, the time flew by and suddenly it was 6 weeks away and I was P-A-N-I-C-K-I-N-G.

I tried to follow the “run less run faster” training program last year, which I didn’t really stick to. However, I am going to try it again for this marathon as I like their philosophy of training. It is designed to produce optimal results with running LESS. They focus on the concept of 3 quality runs a week. You then supplement the 3 runs with 2 days of strength/cross training/ conditioning training. 3 runs a week isn’t actually that much running if you are training for long distance. However, they feel the cumulative training effect of the 3 “quality” runs and additional conditional training, over a period of 12-16 weeks, will improve endurance, leg speed and lactate-threshold running pace. They state that many runners focus primarily on clocking up miles, do not allow sufficient recovery and will occur overuse injuries through running repetitively. In essence, successful endurance training is more than running. 

When choosing a training program, it is completely individual based, there isn’t “one size fits all” marathon training program. That is why I feel it is important to chose a program that you are MOST likely to keep up with.  For me, as a junior doctor, my work/life balance is rather hectic. Especially as I am currently working in A&E #nolife and majority of my time I am either at work or sleeping! So the likelihood of trying to fit in more than 3 runs a week is just not realistic.

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A Break Down of my Training Program . . . 

I have sketched out a 16 week training program, following the run less run faster program, each week compromises of 3 quality runs and 2 conditional training days. The 3 runs are split into:

Run 1: Intervals/ Track repeats – involves running short distances of 400 metres to 1200 metes at high speed with brief recovery periods.  The aim of interval training is to improve VO2 max running speed. I live next to Southwark Park in South East London so this is ideal to do interval training and means I dont need to go far!

Run 2: Tempo run – begins with an easy pace building it up to a faster tempo phase. The aim of the tempo run is improve endurance by raising lactate threshold.

Run 3: Long run – involves steady running from 21km to 36km, over the 16 week period. The long run will improve endurance by raising aerobic metabolism.

Conditional Training: Yoga – I  have chosen yoga as my other form of training as I really enjoy the practice and think it complements recovery from running. Yoga will help improve flexibility and strength. I love YogawithAdriene Youtube videos and it is so easy to do at home. All you need is a yoga matt, your laptop and press play! Also I have recently discovered the London Buddhist Centre, in Bethnal Green, who offer yoga classes.  Their yoga classes focus mainly around meditation and mindfulness, instead of perfecting the actual yoga moves. I find the classes very liberating, so rarely do we try to switch off and focus purely on our breathing and mind.

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Summary of WEEK 16 . . . 

With the start of February, I was slightly concerned about my lack of commitment to training. I hadn’t run more than 10km since end of November. Last week I went on a long run with a friend who is training for her first ever marathon #genevamarathon. She wanted to do 21 km [half marathon distance] so I said I probably would not be able to run the whole distance and leave her to carry on at some point. HOWEVER, I  ran the whole 21 km and quite enjoyed it! I could have in fact pushed myself more but my friend was struggling the last few miles. It made me realise that currently my fitness is quite good and I have a good baseline endurance.

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This week’s training went well- I managed to do 3 runs and 3 yoga sessions. My tempo run I missed and instead ran with a friend. I am going to be flexible with my training program as some weeks I will not be able to commit to the 3 runs, due to my work shift pattern.

Intervals:  I did x8 400 metres with 2 min rest interval. You can see my split times below. I think I am going to find this run the hardest- i was exhausted at the end!

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Long run: 24 km at an average pace of 5″38/ km. I was pleased with this run. I ran at a fairly consistent pace. I love running along the Thames river, counting down the bridges as I run along! I did find the last few km hard and could feel the lactic acid building up in my legs. I only took one fuel snack with me and I could have done with another one for the last few km.

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Tempo run: missed. Instead ran 16km with a friend around Greenwich Park and Blackheath. Average pace 5″37/ km

Happy Running guys!

 

 

I am back!

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So it has been a while  …. my last blog post was September 2015! Life got in the way as per. I started my blog when I went to Australia for my elective, back in April and I loved doing blogging out there. I blogged about my adventures, travelling and running. I think coming back to the UK and starting my job as a junior doctor, I had little inspiration and motivation to carry on blogging.

However, since the start of 2017, I have been thinking about starting blogging again. I follow a few bloggers and I really enjoy reading their blogs. I would like to have my little space again! I worried that my blogs or content would be dull, but to be honest this blog is for ME and I shouldn’t really care what people think when they read it. I have a few ideas I want to blog about . . . but firstly a quick catch up since Sept 2015!

  • I am now a FY2 doctor. For non – medics, it essentially means i am now in my second year of foundation training. Last year I was based in Kent – in a small coastal town called Margate. This year I have moved to South East London and working at Lewisham hospital.  I am loving living in London, being around my family and friends.

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  • I just turned 26- this week in fact! Shitsticks – now I am officially in my mid-late twenties. [I think i will still pretend to be 25 in my head]. Age has never particularly bothered me. . . but two of my close girlfriends got engaged in the past month . . . #letsnotpanic. Maybe this year, I  should really do something about the whole datingmylarkey. I feel I am relating more and more to Bridget Jones [hides granny pants and eatclean books].
  • RUNNING: quite a lot has happened since the last time i blogged. I completed my first ever MARATHON, my first ever TRIATHLON and did the Bristol HALF mara  again!
  • I did the Paris marathon in April 2016. Training wise wasn’t amazing, as running in the winter, dark, cold months isn’t much fun and with work i just didn’t commit too well. I also got patellar tendonitis a month before the race. On reflection, I surprisingly wasn’t that nervous about it as I had the mindset that it was my first ever marathon, so put no pressure on times etc. The actual race brings back such special memories. Yes, I did found it hard, the last 5miles were just so painful. BUT it is that feeling you have after the race of being super proud of yourself and feeling on top of the world!

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  • The triathlon – I entered the London AJ Bell Triathlon which was in July 2016. This was rather a spur of a moment decision. I liked the crazy idea of challenging myself with an event involving 3 different sports. My main reason was i wanted to learn how to swim. I have never felt confident with swimming and being honest, I didn’t really know how to front crawl. The whole experience of putting your head in the water, swallowing water and probably resembling a drowned cat. . . in essence I really needed some swimming lessons. Even more so because the triathlon involved swimming 1.5km in open water [only realised after entering #woaps]. So i found a swimming coach and it was just SUCH fun. I had a couple of lessons in a pool and then we went to straight to the sea. Margate has a couple of lidos so I had open water swimming lessons!

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  •       What is next with my running? Well I have made a promise with myself that i want to run a marathon every year for the next 10 years and i have certain time i want to aim for in my head.  This year I have entered the Stockholm marathon – which is on the 3rd June #watchthisspace

SO that is a whizzy update and i am quite excited to start blogging again. Who knows it may only last a few weeks but I feel ready to get back into it again.

Happy Running!