How's the running going, Sinbad? I've got a simple gps watch, a soleus; I think it was about £50 in a sale, but it does everything I want it to do; pace, time and distance.
I'm into my 2nd week of half marathon training, with an emphasis on speed. I'd like to try and do a sub 1.30 half; or at least fairly close to that this year. I'll see how that works out.
Mrs EDI is injured with a knee problem at present; she did the Gower marathon, then a cross country race without sufficient resting time (I suspect); and she's paying for it now. She's a good runner; far better than me; so respect to her for her determination and discipline.
I must admit doing some things is causing more anxiety than others.
Those things that cause anxiety are probably the very things you should be doing. It's very 'alcoholic' to avoid stuff that makes us feel anxious and consequently our 'emotional muscles' aren't very strong when we first stop drinking. It also creates a messy life, with bills unpaid and stuff like that.
Living sober means doing the tough stuff that we know we should be doing, a little at a time, and like our running muscles improve when we work them, our emotional muscles strengthen too - but we have to come out of our comfort zones; as I say, a bit at a time.
It gets easier, but it takes time, and we've got to get through the tough stuff before things get good. That's just the way it is.
Well done on another sober day and getting a run in; you sound like you're in a good place. Enjoy it.
I think booze wise, I'm starting to get cravings, I'm on my 11th day with just 1 day off the beer. This morning I could have gone for a beer, I sat where I wait for bus, and just let it go pass. I felt a little sick, and butterflies in my stomach.This evening I have just had stomach cramps. Any want to swap places lol?
Hey, well done on the 11 days, Sinbad. As for the 'butterflies' (anxiety), don't worry about it. Everyone has this. We can't even go shopping without feeling anxious at some point; it's normal. The abnormal thing about it for us is that it can make us 'thirsty', if you know what I mean. Those feelings can push us to drinking.
Just remember, the absolutely worst thing you have to face about living sober is just a feeling, and feelings aren't facts. One small practise I do is that when I'm feeling anxious, I'll meditate into it; I'll really feel it - go looking at it - try to find out where it is (but not think about it; all my consciousness is put into the feeling).
Try it. You might discover it's nothing much really; just a feeling that you can't really find and that passes.
It's nice when we're sober long enough to stop counting days too. But well done. Just keep life locked into today; if you catch yourself projecting into the future (or ruminating on the past), pull yourself back to now and just get on with what's right in front of you.
Yeh, knock it on the head, GDZF; there's no point tabbing with weight for an 8 mile race.
Your program (I reckon) should look a bit like this:
Mon: 3 mile easy run
Tue: Hill repeats (x6 to 12)
Wed: 3 mile easy run
Thu: Speed training (tempo/fartlek/400/800/1600 meter repeats)
Fri: Rest or very easy run
Sat: 3 mile run at race pace
Sun: Long run (8 to 12 miles at an easy pace)
Have a hard session followed by an easy one. Run your hard ones fast (the hill repeat and speed) and run the rest slow, except the Saturday one which should be ran at race pace. Sunday long run to be ran on fairly tired legs.
It's only my opinion based on programs I've followed for half marathon.
As EdI mentioned why he drank, and or/ touched on his reasons for drinking.
I think the reasons that I'm an alcoholic are so complex, I'll never understand them, so I don't waste time thinking about it.
It's the old 'Why me?' question and the answer the universe gives is "Why not you?"
And imagine I found out that I was an alcoholic because it's my genes and/or because my Mother potty trained me the wrong way, that's not going to change the fact that I'm an alcoholic.
But the reason for why I drank is simply because I didn't like being sober. In a sense I used alcohol as the solution for the way I was feeling.
I just needed a solution to help me stop and stay stopped; which I found in A.A.; understanding why I'm an alcoholic is a fruitless search.
Anyway, running is going well this end. I should've had a 2nd rest week after the marathon, but I felt pretty good, so got stuck into an advanced Hal Higdon half marathon program. It's now time to work on my speed.
Well done, Sinbad, for getting some running in. I find following a program helps me with my running discipline.