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Achieved this month’s goal of 15 miles! Now to consider the goal for September.
Also, not sure if it was 2 runs in 3 days or because I went out this afternoon but my legs felt less enthusiastic than normal. However, my pace was a smidge up on Friday’s (which was my best up to then) so it can’t be all bad.
And yes I did put the right shoes on this time.
I never got around to posting about my personal trainer session on Tuesday. I worked hard with plenty of arm work. My shoulder and arm still haven’t forgiven me.
Today I decided to get out for a run. And things started conspiring against me from the minute I made that decision. The clouds gathered and an up-to-then sunny morning soon had rain bucketing down. I waited for it to slow down and the sky to start to brighten before getting my shoes on. After all, I’ve got to learn to run in the wet sometime.
So, mindlessly put my shoes on and headed out. I didn’t notice till near the end of the run that I had my “day” shoes on and not my runners! My “day” shoes are a walking shoe style so, hopefully, no damage done (and probably why I really didn’t notice).
When I run I use MapMyFitness to log it. Handy little app on my phone that sends all the data to the website so I can analyse it to death later. Except today, for some reason, it threw a fit. It was happy to start recording the time taken when I pressed start but decided not to start logging the distance gone until nearly 6 minutes in. So I was shocked when I finished my run and saw my mins/mile time at 17 minutes and change! Blimey!!!! I walk faster than that and seeing as how I’d done a couple of long (for me) runs I knew it was wrong. Soon corrected when I got home and on to the website.
The gods had obviously decided today was a good day to test me!
The run itself was marvellous. Two longish runs and a short one – where I noticed the footwear faux pas and called it quits. I pick up niggles easily enough without being foolish. It felt good to be chugging along. And equally rewarding was the relatively quick recovery between runs – though I possibly need to walk a bit faster as time seemed to pass by way too quickly for the distance covered.
And as I look out the window right now, the clouds are breaking open and the sun is coming out again. <sigh>
I’ve been away to my parents for the Bank Holiday weekend. They live somewhere that has more hills than round here, hills that are either steeper or longer or both. So, it took me a little while to plot out a route long enough (2 – 2.5 miles) that didn’t involve climbing gear (I jest, a little).
After that feat of logistics I got togged up yesterday morning to see how it would go in real life. Not too bad. Anything too big for me, being a relative newbie, I walked up/down. Everything else I gave a go. 2.45 miles in 33:32. Not bad considering.
Then an hour later, because I am a lunatic at heart, I went on a 3.5 mile walk with hubby.
I slept well last night. Can’t think why. 😉
I went for a shuffle round the neighbourhood this morning, choosing to ditch the fixed “run x/walk y, repeat z times” schedule for a “run and walk as required until had enough” schedule. Without trying I got my best average mph over 2 miles – 4.67! Still postively sedentary as running goes but to me it’s as good as an Olympic gold medal. The longest run stint was 0.3 miles and I managed to repeat that here and there. Again, not exactly setting the running world alight but enough to give me a smile.
I think I will stick to the more relaxed run/walk sessions, rather than the fixed. Why? After doing some thinking I realised that when I do the fixed stuff I tend to get running-related injuries. When I do the relaxed stuff I don’t get anything like as many (though the score’s about even on injuries preventing running due to non-running related ones). So I’m going to listen to my body more and follow its lead.
Did some rehab work on my knee, as well as some other stuff. Even though I didn’t work up a good sweat I can feel it now – which means that I was very sensible NOT to go straight out for a run like I was considering on the drive home.
Yeah, I am that daft. Fortunately common sense prevailed.
Well that didn’t last long, did it?! 10 days into returning to running and POW!
Thursday’s efforts have twanged my ITB/vastus lateralis. Two days of rest and ice (and hot tub) and the aching went away. This morning’s gentle stroll with hubster have brought it back – so no running allowed. Might have to go for a swim tomorrow.
One extra run/walk session – my 10% increase for the next week. Thus taking my session to 32 mins 30 seconds. Slowly does it.
I didn’t wake up this morning thinking “ooh, let’s go for a run”. It was supposed to rain today and I haven’t yet grown to like getting wet like that. Anyway, it was overcast with the chance of showers here and there. So I took a late decision and got on with it – aided and abetted by a good look at tomorrow’s diary and wondering where the time for a run would come from.
Note to self though: Please stop having uphill run sessions at phase 7 and 12. I bet if I set out to have uphills then it wouldn’t happen.
No, not my heart. I’m trying to update my run ticker (down the right-hand side) but it won’t have it. I’ve been on to the website, updated my info but it keeps resetting it back to the old value and won’t stay at the new or update the ticker.
Updated to add: I tried to make a new ticker but the website wouldn’t let me do that either so the tickers are gone, replaced by boring text till I have the time and the energy to sort it out.
… finish your run/walk session this morning with an UPHILL! Note to self – plan ahead.
In fact, there were 2 uphill run sessions in this morning’s effort. I suppose I need to get on with them – can’t avoid them forever.
I was out the door for just after 8am, not bad after a second night of little sleep. The first couple of runs were draggy but after that I got into my stride. Really thought I’d gone further than last time, but not quite. Gonna blame the hills 😉
The new t-shirt is just the job. Loose enough not to constrict but not so loose as to cause chafing.