My Royal Marines Commando Challenge Journey - Part 3
Posted on May 8th 2018 by Amy Murphy
Thanks for stopping by to read my third blog piece – a little later than planned - for the RMCC website. I hope you are all well and achieving all your fitness goals!
Well … its been a couple of months since my last blog and I am really sorry that I haven’t blogged for a while. To be really honest with you, I have struggled with illness for the past couple of months, and in keeping with the honesty thing, I’ve struggled with my own sense of “what am I doing this for”?!? I’ll tell you more about that in a mo …
March started out great – I was having hard PT sessions with Kate, I was making huge progress with my running, lifting fairly respectable weights (for a weight lifting virgin) and felt for the first time that I could actually do this Commando Challenge! The weight loss was slowing down, but I was ok with that as I was losing inches and gaining muscle, I was squatting like a pro and felt the best I have in as long as I can remember. Then I got a cold ... which turned into a respiratory infection … which turned into a horrid chest infection … and this blasted thing got a real hold on me and was not going to let go any time soon. A week after my 7 March PT session with Kate, I was feeling absolutely awful and this didn’t change for a good 4 or 5 weeks. In no time at all, I could feel the pounds creeping back on, and apart from feeling really unwell, I felt sluggish, and had zero energy and motivation. It was at this point I began to ask myself would I ever get fit (or healthy) enough to do this challenge? Right from the moment, when I was signed up for this event I took on board that if I was going to do it, I would give it 100% and nothing less. It was beginning to feel that I didn’t have 100% to give!
We hit April and I hadn’t seen the inside of the gym in a month – I was despairing. But as the end of the month approached, I felt like I was turning a corner. The realisation that I was the only person putting me under all the pressure hit home, and when I accepted that I had to be well to train, I started to feel a little better with each passing day. Fast forward to the beginning of May – a week ago – and I am feeling almost back to my normal self. I have been in the gym, had a session with Kate – who is just amazing on so many levels and is really helping me – and I have swapped some of my gym time for outside cross-country time. It’s amazing how good it feels to be training again, and training outside as well is a novelty … hills, uneven ground, wet grass … sheep and dogs … all things you don’t have to contend with in a gym 😊
So, I am now slowly building myself back up to where I was at the beginning of March – I won’t lie, its tough, but no-one ever told me this was going to be easy. I kinda feel like I am back at square one, but after much self-criticism and analysing, I am ok with this. I have definitely discovered that the negativity and the pressure I was putting myself under is not conducive maintaining motivation and any sense of believing that I can do this!
Thanks for taking the time to read this and to all of those ladies out there who have nodded and hummed and arrghed their way through this blog, I am right there with you!
We have 160 days to go til event day and 50 days until I hit 40 … I am going to make every single one of them count!
See you at the finish line!
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