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ADAPTING A TRAINING PLAN: RUNNING (OR NOT) IN ICELAND

I've just returned from a trip of a lifetime in Iceland - I've longed to visit there for so long and it really was the magical winter wonderland I had anticipated. Having said that I don't think I really understood how unpredictable the weather can be. A storm blew just after we arrived and I have never stood in winds so strong - almost can't stand up strong.

I knew before visiting that running was going to be tough whilst away - the daylight in the winter months is limited, and I knew we'd be sightseeing during this time. Plus, there was various snowstorms, ice underfoot, and often we were staying quite literally in the middle of nowhere. Incredible! Also not a very safe place to run.


I took quite a bit of running gear with me in hope I might be able to squeeze in a few slow and easy runs, but the weather was genuinely scary. Not just 'oh it's cold and dark, I don't want to run', but 'I am genuinely scared of what might happen on my run'. So turns I couldn't run for a week (apart from my last night), which is a challenge in itself: I wouldn't say I'm addicted to running - I don't become desperately unhappy when I can't run, but running does make me considerably happier. If that makes any sense? I don't run because I feel like I have to run, I run because I feel like I want to run. I'm 12 weeks off running my first marathon of the year, so taking a week out of my training plan was not ideal. Having said that, I'm here to tell you that it's ok!


When you take on a huge challenge like training for a big race, it's inevitable for your training to go slightly off course. You might get ill, a family commitment may crop up, work may just get exceptionally busy, you might get injured. You'd hope for none of these scenarios but turns out you're only human! It's important to respect that you're not invincible and you may need to take some time out. It's part of the training process, you're still going to run that race. Taking on a training plan is exactly that - it's a plan, and things don't always go to plan. Be prepared to adapt appropriately and don't let it stress you out. You got this!

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