‘Embracing Racing’ Weekly Newsletter – 01/07/2020

Hi Runners! Welcome to a new series of my blog: A WEEKLY NEWSLETTER!!! I can’t honestly say that I have been planning this for months, because it only came as a brainwave to me last night, but I am so excited to start! Recently, I have been reading other bloggers’ posts’ and I have noticed that they regularly post about their current situations and are very open about their lives and personal struggles. So, I have decided that I want my blog to be more personal by starting this series. And, although I’m calling this a ‘newsletter’, keep an open mind because it is certainly going to be different to the usual Sunday paper;)

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I also really wanted to start this newsletter as a way to open-up the comment sections at the end of each blog. As athletes, we all experience the same nerves, adrenalin, injuries and struggles related to running and training and we can motivate and drive each other by starting up a conversation. It will also be such a fun way to talk to athletes from all over the world, whether you live in Spain or Australia; this is what social media is all about!!!

Running Updates: (a general overview of my weekly training schedule and current struggles/successes. Keep celebrating the small wins, remember that goals take time. Stay patient, your time will come with hard work and perseverance!)

First of all, I wanted to apologise for not finishing off my injury series. I have honestly been very lifeless and demotivated the past couple of days because my injury took a turn for the worst. I thought it was probably best to stop the injury tips incase I had obtained a more serious injury than I anticipated.

All of this happened last Thursday. I had been training for about two weeks, running 20 mins very easy about three times a week, trying to gain back my rhythm and making sure that the ITB syndrome didn’t return. After my run last Thursday, I felt a small niggle on my left leg, the opposite leg to where I had experienced my tendonitis and ITB syndrome. I presumed it was a natural response to my run so I didn’t focus on it too much, but later in the evening, it started to get a lot worse.

It was extremely painful whenever I stood up or sat down, and I honestly didn’t know what to do anymore. I had followed every tip on every article, every rule in the book, and I felt hopeless because the injury kept coming back.

I decided to rest it on the weekend and see if it improved on Monday, but it became even worse. I knew that I couldn’t do anymore, so I texted my physio and she told me that she could book me in for a virtual appointment on Wednesday morning. I couldn’t believe it, and was just so grateful that I could finally see a professional!

The days before the appointment, I felt very low because my knees were so sore ( it even hurt when I walked) and I was so worried that maybe the strength training had been affecting my legs the entire time!

Today, I had the physio appointment and I am so happy to say it went so so well! I am going to be posting the advice my physio gave me on my next blog, because she has honestly been my life saver! Today, I have walked for the first time in 8 weeks without any pain, and it feels so good!!!

Everyday Life Updates: (a way to focus some attention on everyday life! Although running is a very prominent part of my life, it doesn’t completely dominate every second of my day, and I only spend around 2 hours of each day actually training! Keep in mind that you have other passions and goals to pursue aside from running:)

It has been quite hard to focus recently with my injury constantly being on my mind and the weather being a bit gloomy here, but I have taken up some new hobbies. I am absolutely useless in the kitchen (it’s actually quite worrying because I nearly burnt the house down making scrambled eggs!), but I started helping my sister out in the kitchen. We made chocolate chip banana bread and brownies, which actually tasted really moorish, and it was so nice to spend time off my computer! It was also very fun, which I find surprising considering I have had a very bad experience with kitchens in the past!

I have also started playing chess again, which is something I haven’t done since year 8. My dad is the only one who knows how to play, so we have been having a game every couple of days. It was actually not too difficult remembering the rules, but I forgot how much the game drains you; I was so tired after I played!

Not much to say on the post this week because I’ve haven’t been able to walk around for most of the week. Oh, I went on my first shopping spree since lockdown! My family and I drove two hours to a shopping outlet so I could start buying some new clothes for school in September. It was a really nice change of atmosphere from the house, but the trip really drained us because we hadn’t been out in so long. I slept the entire car drive back!!!

Important Dates: (this could be related to upcoming races, track openings, or holiday ideas; both running and everyday life related!)

07/07/2020 – The nearby track where I will be training with my new club for the next few years is opening!!! It is connected to a leisure centre so it has been closed for slightly longer than other tracks, but I cannot wait to go, especially now that my knees are improving. I am quite nervous, though, to meet my new coach and teammates, and it will be so strange social distancing and wearing masks for training; I’m not even sure how it is all going to work!

12/07/2020 – We have booked flights back to Spain for the last time to pack up the house! It has been around four months since we flew to England and it will be very strange going back to warm weather! It will be the last time I am flying back before I permanently move to England for the next two years for running! It’s going to be sad to leave, but I know that there are so many new experiences are on the horizon, and I am very excited to start a new school and join a new running club!

Books I’ve been/am reading: (I usually never take book recommendations from people because I am so stubborn with my favourite authors and genres, but these reviews are here incase you fancy a new read!)

I have just finished reading ‘The Nanny’ by Gilly Macmillan. It is a definite recommendation and was an absolutely thrilling book! It was a very fluid read (always the sign of a good book!), and there were some great plot twists! Not the best book I’ve ever read, but certainly a solid 8/10!

And, I have just started reading ‘The Family Upstairs’ by Lisa Jewell. I bought is as a present for dad’s birthday because the blurb sounded amazing!!! I have read a few of her books before, including ‘Then She Was Gone’, and she is an extremely gripping writer! I’ll post a review in a few weeks when I finish it, but I can tell it is going to be a good read!

Movies/Series I’ve watched: (everybody loves a good movie! I usually miss out on all of the movie trends, so sorry if some of these are slightly dated, but, you never know if you don’t try watching it!)

The movies for this week were the ‘John Wick’ series. The movies are based on a man called ‘John Wick’, played by Keanu Reeves, who is seeking revenge on the gang who broke into his house and killed his dog. If you love thrillers, and a lot of blood, gore, and death, these movies are definitely for you! I loved movie 1 and 2, but 3 was a little bit far-fetched!

My current go-to running song:(I usually choose not to run with music on, but here are some GREAT upbeat songs for training or pre-race!) –> ‘Staring at the Sun’ by Post Malone

I hope you enjoyed the first newsletter! I am so thrilled to have a new series to focus my time on. If you were wondering, I am still going to be posting blogs aside from the newsletters, but they are going to be very topic specific, such as: recommended running shoes to buy, how to juggle school and running, my pre-race routine, how to deal with self-pressure, etc… These newsletters are just as a way to keep track of my progress and I am going to be using them as a sort of logbook.

Positive Quote: (it always makes me feel so much more positive and motivated when I come across a quote on Instagram, so here is mine for this week)

“You are strong, and getting stronger everyday. Enjoy your journey. Trust you process.”

Lots of love,

Florence 😉

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