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A good end to week 6

I biked to work on Thursday. It was cold and frosty on the way there but on the way home bright and sunny. Perfect conditions for being outdoors.

Despite having a hill session planned for Friday night I also biked to work on Friday. My eldest has been desperate to bike with me. Friday’s he has triathlon club and so needs to take his bike. It was the last day of term so I decided that it would be as good a day as any for us to do it. It was another cold morning which unfortunately didn’t get much better as the day went on.

Hills

Having biked up the hill we planned on running up I was really not feeling it Friday night. I was tired after working extra hours this week, including 2 evenings but I knew that once I got out I would feel better. It was cold but after running up the first hill I was soon nice and warm! We ran up and down 2 hills. 1 short and steep and the other slightly longer but still steep!

I felt quite strong and almost enjoyed it! Hills strengthen your legs and help you to keep a good form. They were certainly tough but once I got home  and checked my stats I was really pleased. My hill ‘sprints’ were all sub 9 min mile pace. Again, pleased with that and even felt quite strong. 🙂

Long run

Today was the dreaded LSR (long slow run). Twelve miles was on the plan. Twelve miles was what we did. 12 hilly(ish) miles in the lovely sunshine although fairly cold and windy. 12 miles in 1.59 minutes. Due to some technical issues (I started my watch on biking) it says that I ran 11.47 miles at an average pace of 9.51. Again pleased with that. My heart rate figures are ok as well – average of 137.

Currently I am enjoying my running and feel that I am making progress. Whether I shall stay enjoying it as the miles start to increase remains to be seen. Next week is a quieter week with my plan giving less miles to cover which is great as it is half term here so I shall be out and about with my boys. I should make running club though which I am looking forward to.

Adventures and Views

So, after the busy week it was time for a quiet weekend, right? No. Friday was incredibly quiet as I was on a course and spent the day on my bottom which is very unusual. The venue was somewhere new and so I left plenty of time to get there.  In the end I arrived early and had time to enjoy a nice mug of tea. As I was was sitting there it suddenly dawned on me that I never do this!  (Sit around drinking tea that is). As a consequence my steps went down to barely 1000 all day! This was nothing like the rest of the weekend.

New Adventures

In our house Saturdays are football days. Today we had just one match to fit in which I volunteered to do (I like home games as I know where I am going!). When I got home I was inspired to try out a new feature on my Garmin. When I say new I mean new to me as the watch has always had this capacity but I have never used it…. I sat on the computer and marked out a lovely 9 mile route that mainly stayed on trails. I then uploaded it onto my watch so that I could follow it whilst out. Clever eh?

Mud, Mud glorious mud!

My eldest fancied coming with me on his bike and so we set off. Me in my lovely trail shoes and him on his bike. We were going along really well, mainly on roads until we came across our first trail and mud…..

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This was mud that stuck to your trainers, bike and anything else like glue. I literally had to pull the bike along. Luckily it was only a short way so we just about managed. It did mean that each foot had an extra 5 kg’s or so on them.

We soon hit easier terrain and started to make good progress. We found new paths that we didn’t know existed that felt as if we were in the middle of no-where. We saw 1 person. All was going really well until the path that I wanted had a sign saying private. RATs. We had two options: break the law and trespass or carry on along the way we were going. Being the responsible mother that I am we chose the latter option. Unfortunately this meant that we got lost! We came out onto a road that we had no idea even existed.

Luckily we made a good choice as to the direction we took (50/50) and ended up in a village we knew! phew. After about 2 miles we managed to re-join the planned route and finally made our way home. Due to the extra 2 mile detour I did cut a bit off the end….my legs had just had it for the day but I still did the distance that I had set out to do.

Sunday

Cross training at the gym. More pull ups, single legged squats and press ups. Quite a lot of upper body strength work today so I expect to feel it tomorrow! Oh, I nearly forgot. We also did a gentle family bike ride ……6 miles in total but I have found a whole new load of trails to explore. (Anyone spot a theme going on here?)

Monday

In an attempt to prevent the Tuesday blues that I have been suffering from for the last few weeks, I decided to take the risky option and bike to work today. It was risky because I leave work with just about half an hour to get to school pick up. The bike ride takes 20 minutes. A bit tight for my liking but I am always up for a challenge 😉

This morning was another warm morning with the most beautiful moon:

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Yes that is the moon and not the sun.

On the return journey I literally flew home. The wind was behind me and I managed an average of 12.3. mph! For me that is amazing. The home run is always a bit quicker as there is one huge hill as opposed to a long slow uphill drag, but 12.3 is flying. I normally average about 10.9!! My legs felt fine which is amazing the amount of miles they have put in this week. I must remember to stretch tonight else I fear they will not last the week.

See you soon. 🙂

 

Not so much of a rest day

So today was not strictly a rest day, more of an active rest day. I biked to work. The reason was because I cannot do it tomorrow and I have sort of promised myself a real rest day on Friday.

At 7 O’clock this morning it was really dark and I was willing it to get lighter. 7.15 still willing, 7.20 thinking that maybe this wasn’t such a good idea, 7.30 as I woke the children up really thinking that I had lost my marbles. At least it wasn’t raining. As I left the house I realised just why it was so dark. It was foggy. Yuck.

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By this time there was no going back in my mind. I arranged my backpack so that it was wearing a reflective vest, my son turned my lights on for me and off I set…..wearing 1 glove because I couldn’t find the other. To be clear, I don’t have to travel on the main roads as there is a cycle path most of the way. It does take me through a village that I could bypass which also happens to contain rather a steep hill but I would rather that than land up under a car!

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Even though I stopped to take these photos I was still 20 minutes which was not bad going.

My legs did scream a bit on the way home after last nights run but I feel so much better for biking. I have more energy than I do when I drive.

On the way home it was drizzling but no longer foggy. I did wonder what I would do if it got all icy though. What do you think?