I’m just giving a quick update this week…

Somehow, I just about managed to scrape together the 3 runs required as part of week 2 of my 10 week sub 25 minute 5k training plan.

The reason I struggled this week was illness striking again… it seems to lurk in the background waiting for me to attempt any running goal!. I think the only thing that got me through was remembering the annoyance I felt when I was unable to complete the 10 week plan on my first attempt.

Surprisingly – given how bad I’ve felt all week – my runs actually went okay. I turned up at Hanley parkrun on Saturday with the plan to slowly plod to the finish line and just make sure I finish. However… when I got there I saw that there were pacers. I thought – given the goal of this 10 week plan – it would be worth trying to keep up with the 25 minute pacer for a little while, even if the course I was running on is one I find much harder than the one I will attempt the sub 25 minute 5k on (The Wammy).

Well… it wasn’t overly long before I was starting to feel like death warmed up and had to slow right down, even walking for a little while.

I was 99% confident I was going to quit and was in a state of self-loathing, completely ignoring all my previous thoughts about the need to be kind to myself.

But then… I saw the 29 minute pacer behind me. Suddenly I felt a lot better. With a mile to go I decided to run ahead of the 29 minute pacer, slow right down when I couldn’t keep up the pace, then run clear again whenever he got too close for comfort. So, somehow I ended up with a personal best for the course. If I ever find out who that pacer was I think I owe him a beer!

So the moral of the story this week? Don’t give up.

Published by Marcus Pezzaioli

I started www.diabeticstokebloke.com in September 2018 to document my attempts to get fit after a diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in April the same year. I believe sharing my story can help anyone who is afraid to exercise with type 1 diabetes, and show that it is not as complicated as it may appear from other sources of information out there. If I can do it, with no CGM and on MDI, starting out as somebody who does not fit the athletic profile whatseover; then anybody can.

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