Daily Diary Entries

Day 165 – 168 – Birthday & Some Rest in the Mountains

December 8th, 2013 by

 

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This week I turned 30 and to celebrate I decided to spend a long weekend in the mountains on the outskirts of Almaty at a spa resort to get some well-earned rest and relaxation. The weather and views were fantastic and it was exactly what I needed after a tough few months with work and training for the marathon.

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On Saturday morning I woke up early and headed down to the gym for a training session, swim and sauna before heading back to Almaty to start getting ready for my party. I did my stretches, set my watch and playlist and started on my run. I felt good which made a change to earlier in the week which could have something to do with the fact that it was early in the morning instead of late in the evening. My body felt good, I was aching a bit but there wasn’t severe pain in my shins, knees and lower back that I had been feeling previously.

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I continued running 5, 10, 15 minutes pushing myself on and on until I reached my planned time of 25 minutes which was a new best for me, I hadn’t run that far before without pausing so I was really pleased with my progress. The last few weeks have been daunting as I have been struggling with injury and the marathon distance seems monumental but after Saturday’s run I have gained a lot of confidence back!

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As well as running for 25 minutes straight I also managed over 2 and a half miles in one go which was also a great achievement for me. Additionally I completed a sub 10 minute mile which for me is a massive boost. 5 months ago I didn’t think that running 2 and a half miles at a 10 minute pace would have been possible – it turns out it is! It really goes to show that if you work hard and make sacrifices you can achieve what it is that you want. No one is going to give it to you, you have to go out and earn it. I have earned that distance and time, my hard work and dedication has achieved it and it is going to be my hard work and dedication that achieves my goal of losing 180 pounds and running the London marathon in 10 months.

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After I finished my run I jumped into the pool to stretch my muscles and go for a gentle swim to cool down. One of the rules in the spa was that you had to wear a swimming cap otherwise you would be fined 5000 Tenge (approximately £20/$30) so like the good boy I am I stuck to the rules but it did make for a rather amusing photograph!

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I had a fantastic time away from the office and the hustle of the city. It was nice to spend some time relaxing with Raushana and getting some well-earned rest. It is only 10 more days until my trip home to London for Christmas that I can’t wait for!

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We headed back into the city to start preparing for my birthday party; I invited a few friends and colleagues from the office for pizza, drinks and cake – of which I had none. I stayed true to my plan and cooked a separate meal and stayed away from alcohol. I didn’t miss it (well a piece of cake would have been nice…) but I certainly didn’t miss the hangover the next morning. I was up early embracing the day and life. This lifestyle change revolution has been an amazing experience and has matured and developed me. Despite it being my birthday I remained focused which I will also be for Christmas which is right around the corner.

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I had a fantastic birthday weekend with Raushana, my friends and colleagues. I am embracing and loving life, which can only be a good thing!  :D

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