Autumn Hibernation

Autumn is by far and away my favourite season.  I love the misty mornings, the mizzle and the leaves falling.  I love the darker evenings.  I particularly love getting out all my favourite hats, gloves, fluffy socks and down jackets.   What I don’t love, however, is the utter knackeredness that comes over me at the beginning of autumn.  I suddenly feel the need to eat everything in sight and sleep for several months.

Luckily this year, I’ve had a few excuses for hibernation under my belt.  It has been a pretty busy year with a lot of physically tough challenges.  In particular, the Longmynd Hike.  It really did knock me around. In fact, I picked up a few niggles and as a result of these niggles and the general knackeredness I had to drop out of the Spartan Beast. I was pretty gutted, but it was just one of those things and I decided to take the sensible option. Spartan is, however, firmly on my To-Do list for next year. Trifecta, I’m coming for you!

I decided that along with my annual need to hibernate, it was the perfect time (and excuse) to spend the last two weeks doing minimal physical activity, no gym’ing or running, having a few long lazy lie ins at the weekends and eating everything I feel like.  It’s included several of my new favourite dish; lamb biriyani. Mmm.

Two weeks on though, and I’m getting twitchy.  I think my hibernation period is done and I’m ready to get back to some exertion.  I kicked off the awakening this morning with a gym session which nearly saw me vomitting on the cross trainer and wanting to pass out after only a couple of sissy squat/squat thruster sets but it felt great getting back on it! Owain and I have plans this weekend to get out camping and mountain biking and I’m also planning on throwing in a couple of trail runs.

As much as I’ve spent the last few months looking forward to a lazy weekend, truthfully, it’s just not for me.  Lying on the sofa, eating chocolate and reading my books just doesn’t give me the feeling of accomplishment that I get after a weekend outdoors.  I also find that my body gets really tired and achy.  I feel as though I’m about 90 at the moment and I’m really looking forward to getting that feeling of fitness back.

I don’t have any challenges coming up for the rest of the year so I’m just going to relax and enjoy my gym time and make the most of getting out in the mizzle and mud, either running or mountain biking.

Does anyone else feel the need to hibernate this time of year?

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