so long story short I will be running a half marathon each week on my own accord whenever work affords me the time to do so 🙈. Throughout each half marathon, I will be wearing an elevation training mask (kindly donated by Daire Martin) in order to get a small idea of what it might be like to run with Cystic Fibrosis. The point of this endeavour is to raise awareness of the disease and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust who do an endless amount of work to continually progress the standard of living of those with Cystic Fibrosis.
Throughout the year I will be constantly doing fitness tests which started on Saturday morning with a VO2Max test in Aspire Fitness....Busted! This will take place after every 3 months. Interestingly I have been trying to tie in with Ulster University, Jordanstown to get some quality research to run alongside this journey.
I have been very lucky to gain support from Optimum Nutrition who are providing me with the much needed nourishment required to help recovery and regenerate after each session......can't imagine getting through this without it!
Amazingly STATSports have given me a massive opportunity to utilise their groundbreaking APEX system to monitor my overall training load. Usually only sampled by the elite in sport throughout the world, this will allow me to track everything from step balance, speed throughout sessions, total distance, heart rate and allow me to tailor sessions to get the most out of my performances. This will be my overall guidance throughout what will be an interesting year.
First half marathon done and in the bag...only 51 more to go! In all honesty massively questioned my endeavour after the first few steps of the first mile!! The inability to breathe deeply is a bit overwhelming and I have to admit I did question myself.....it took 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete and there was quite a bit of walking in there, after mile 6! Not looking forward to next week but things can only get better!! What I was very aware of was my ability to remove the mask and recapture my breath...something CF sufferers are unable to do!
I think that about covers it for now..... 🦉