I was HIGH today.
I decided last week to give up sugar for life as my research has convinced me of the negative impact on my health. Day 7 today and I felt great: clarity of thought, energised, calm, and .. no more spotty chin! It reminded me of when I gave up alcohol last summer. I’d realised how the sugar highs were always followed by a low, and, just like wine, if I had one, that was it, I could eat the whole packet of sweets or chocolates. Although I eat relatively well, I had no control once sugar had taken hold.
So why was it so easy this first sugar free week? I think its because giving up alcohol gave me a lot more confidence. Last July, it was inconceivable I’d give up alcohol for good, now I have zero desire and I have complete self control which gives me a lot of confidence. I know it will be the same with sugar in a few weeks. I have no doubt my running, health and life in general will be better for it. I took it easy running, as I went cold turkey on sugar, but it was worth it today when I got my running fix and was HIGH as a kite!
As the sun came up, I had an incredible run along the Dales Way near Swinsty Reservoir, beautiful scenery, hilly, muddy and all alone – it was perfect and I was smiling to myself the whole way. Afterwards I took Pluto and Cosmo for a sunny 5k jog on the Chevin Forest and later, tested my new road trainers to top it up to 20 miles. I felt relaxed and strong, and was really pleased I didn’t need any sugar or carbs. My real Sugar Free running test will be next week in the Punk Panther 50k High Life Ultra, in Otley.
I was LOW today too.
Nerves started to set in about my Run to Work, my first big step towards my Run around the World. The enormity of it sank in as I’ve only ever done 5 marathons in 5 days at the MDS. Although conditions were harder in the desert this will be a different kind of challenge. I will be completely alone, have no route markers, no water stations, no Doc Trotters to help me sort out my feet, no emergency button to press if I get lost or injured, no tent mates to tease or cheer me up and nobody waiting at the finish.
So today I started worrying and doubting myself.
It will be me and the road and I became extremely aware of how much of a mental and physical challenge it will be when I set off on the 20th October to run solo from Amsterdam to Essen. I’m saving my solo camping ‘training’ for next Spring, so I will be staying in B&B’s and Small Hotels but will still carry my food and supplies on my back, other than coffee and water.
We all have HIGHS and LOWS and if I wasn’t nervous, to be honest it probably means it isn’t enough of a challenge, it is intended to take me out of my comfort zone of organised events. And solo is absolutely the way I want it – I’m sure it will be emotional at times, but I need to know what its like to be completely alone, exhausted, in pain and still get up day after day to run. All of those worries just require a little planning to sort, and I will. It will be fine and it will be fun – believe it or not!!! I’ve already started visualising myself as I arrive in Essen, having accomplished the ultimate Run to Work 🙂
So onwards and upwards, to the next HIGH…. 25k over the moors tomorrow.