Life is simply going crazy, I think God needs to think about creating an 8th day so I can rest!
On Saturday my interview with Radio 4 iPM was broadcasted 'Anorexia is like suicide, if you're pregnant it's like murder'. If you missed it you can listen via the following link. I feel this was a touching and yet powerful piece that I hope will touch a few lives: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/ipm/2009/04/pregnancy_and_anorexia.shtml
I had a strange week training wise - I only ran 4 miles as my legs were so tired. I spent the week cross training in the gym and doing the various classes that I love to do. I took 3 rest days out. This isn't normal for me and towards the end of the week I felt really ill. I dosed myself up on Lemsip as I was terrified that I may have to pull out of the 20 mile race I had coming up at the weekend. I guess when your body tells you that it needs to rest, it's saying that for a reason. Everyone advised me that not many people stick to their marathon plans religiously as there is always a week where your body or mind says 'no'. This week it was my body... but I soon turned that negative into a positive.
I was fit and well on the Sunday morning and the 'double act' struck again. Graham and I ran the Oakley 20, my first 20-mile race. After having three 20-mile runs under my belt from the past 3 weeks, I was confident that I could complete the distance, so now I was to work on the speed. The race took place on undulating country roads around the village of Oakley and this was to be my great confidence boost for London.
It was a stunning spring morning and as we ran we couldn't help but notice how the blossom had come out as well as the daffodils, tulips, and bluebells. With the sun on our backs it actually got a little too warm! We were running, and running well. Graham encouraged me down the hills, as he sprinted down them well. Then I encouraged him up the hills, as this is where my power kicks in. Running light on our feet... using our heels... there really is an art to running.
It's hard to find someone that you can run with; someone to keep your pace throughout a race; someone where one person's strength is the other's weakness to pull each other through; someone where on the 17th mile you can say "I'm not talking to you for the next 30 minutes" and they don't take offence. I have found such a running partner in Graham who is a joy to run with. The miles flew by and we both gained a PB at this race, our time being 3:02:22, less a loo stop of course, so 3:01:30... outstanding! We took 13 minutes of last week's 20 mile runs so it just goes to show what rest days can do to help you achieve.
The Express & Echo, Exeter's daily paper, my home town, also published an article about me this past week. On line it is entitled 'Marathon woman's fight with adversity' but the actual article's headline reads 'Lara tackles anorexia and drug addiction to take part in marathon'. This meant a lot to me as my parents and a lot of my friends are in Exeter, as well as others who knew me before and watched me going through the highs and lows of my battle with addictions: http://www.thisisexeter.co.uk/news/Lara-tackles-anorexia-drug-addiction-marathon/article-881208-detail/article.html
Michael Jordan once said "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen".
My friend Tony once said to me that if I want something then I had to make it happen. Tony guess what, I am making it happen!
Another amazing week, can things honestly get any better? Find out next week!
Until next week...