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Busy, busy, busy

Why is it that life gets in the way so often? Unfortunately, this blog is one of the first things to go when I am pushed for time. Not the running – that will be almost the last thing! (Feeding my children will probably be last.) Behind the scenes I have been very busy organising fundraising events as well as keeping up with my training. I have quite a few posts coming up so keep tuned but today’s post is about my training.

Dare I say it? I think it is going quite well.

My work in the gym is paying off and I am definitely getting stronger. I am now doing squats with a 20 kg weight. That is nearly one-third of my body weight! I am celebrating.

I am sticking with the yoga. Whether I am improving is harder to say but I am definitely enjoying the deep stretching along with the time out (Adriene calls it a rest for the brain!).

I think that I am getting fitter re my running but that is hard to say. Yesterday I ran 14 miles. It was hard towards the end but I did it :).

My biggest problem is where to go to keep my runs interesting. A week ago yesterday I think I was more stressed about where to go than the actual run itself; road, trail or a mixture. If I did a mixture what shoes to wear (trail or road). The weather was on the cool side. The ground was partly frozen but not completely so I knew that I would get muddy.

In the end I just went for it. I had a bit of a plan but nothing set in stone – I had definitely not measured out a distance. I did a mixture of everything. Here is my run in photographs:

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A wooded area

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I live near a ‘dyke’ – a raised bit of land.

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A muddy bridle path

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A not so muddy bridle path

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A cycle path

So you see – a bit of everything. Being mainly off-road this was quite a slow, tough run but all good for building strength in my legs. I even found some ‘hills’ which for me is a real novelty. I went exploring and found new paths , worried that I was trespassing and generally following my nose. These are the best type of runs.

How do you keep repetative tasks interesting?

What activities are the ones that are the last ones you drop?

 

 

Uh Oh!

Up until now training has been going really well. I am noticing a huge difference in my twice weekly gym work and am really enjoying it (which for me is huge – I tend to get really bored, really easily.)

Today I went on a solo 10 mile trail run in the rain:

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I passed 2 people within the first mile and then no-one for the next 9! Perfect me time. When I got home I was freezing. I had a shower but couldn’t get warm. Luckily a lovely meal in a pub soon did the trick.

You may have noticed that I started this post saying that training has been going well. Notice the ‘up until now’ phrase? I shouldn’t have run today. When I got up the ball area of my foot hurt when I walked on it. This is not that unusual for me so I didn’t think much of it. (I have expanding ligaments in my feet.) When I started running it was a bit sore and I contemplated turning back but I had 2 days off running, it didn’t hurt yesterday and I could think of no reason why it would hurt, also the pain wasn’t too bad. 10 miles later and I am hobbling.  Uh oh. I should have rested. I will now be resting this week and finding cross training to do in its place. Guttted.

On the other hand I have found a ‘new’ challenge for yoga:

It is a 31 day course with Adriene and you can sign up here. I did the first one yesterday. The thirty minutes went so quickly. It was fairly gentle (apart from some of the stomach ones) but it is meant to be restorative. I have signed up and will keep you posted.

PS: I have managed to do yoga everyday for a over a week!

 

Yoga – how long will it last!

On New Years Day we went for a soggy, wet walk. By the time we got back the gym was shut so in desperation I decided to disappear and do some yoga. Unfortunately I realised just how tight my body was. A couple of months ago I had been quite good at doing yoga on a fairly regular basis, to the extent that I was actually seeing benefits. As you can predict, this didn’t last for very long.

It was very clear that I needed to do something about it. The trouble is fitting everything in; the gym, the running, the job, being a Mum, a wife and a housekeeper. (Notice the order of the list!)

My alarm goes off at 6.30 am. I get up to make a cup of tea and some breakfast before wasting half an hour or so on social media. It occurred to me that I could forego the social media and fit in half an hours yoga.

I use YouTube for my yoga and this week have been using Runner’s Yoga with Adrienne.

I managed 2 days which I am very pleased with. Yoga first thing in the morning is not the best time as everyone is stiff after a nights sleep but it is a good way to start the day. I kind of feel a bit more chilled. I wonder if this is just because it was close to a holiday? Time will tell.

Today (Saturday) I had a bit of a lie in with a cup of tea to start but then I did get up and do half an hours yoga. This time I used Ekhart Yoga for runner’s. I am no expert but this routine feels a bit more intense (maybe because I had done the other one 3 times and have got used to it?) For now I think I will mix it up between both these until I feel a bit more flexible!

I wonder how long this new little fad will last?

Do any of you use YouTube for Yoga? Can you recommend any different ones?