…..and something a bit exciting too!
…as normal, I was working out of our Farnborough Office. I had an absolute nightmare of a journey up there. It seems practically my whole route through Dorset has major roadworks, plus there was a breakdown in the New Forest so that meant an hour long queue across there. Not a good start to the day!
However the day improved at lunchtime. I went for a swim in the pool that is next to our offices. I’d never been in there before but was quite pleasantly surprised. Between 12 and 2 the pool is exclusively for lane swimming so there was no child dodging to be done! I haven’t swum for a couple of months and I’m not particularly fast so I went into the ‘slow’ lane. This did mean that I had to do a fair bit of overtaking but the guys in the ‘medium’ lane were definitely going faster than me. I wasn’t trying to be particularly fast, I wanted to use it as both cross training and as a bit of a stretch out. I managed to do 800m in my allotted half hour which I was pretty pleased with. I’ll try and improve that by 50m next week and again soon after until I am doing a km.
I am not really justified in this moan but I’m going to anyway. In December I relaxed my eating a little and didn’t get a chance to use my bike except for short rides with the children. Over Christmas week I didn’t really worry too much about what I ate and I must admit that I did hit the chocolates quite hard a couple of times, I also only ran twice rather than the four times I’d normally have run. I could feel that my jeans were a bit more snug so I knew I’d gained a bit of weight but I wasn’t prepared for it to be 11 whole pounds! How is that even possible? It’s thrown my plans for what my marathon weight should be completely. I just hope that some of it is just christmas ‘bloat’ and will come off fairly quickly. I’m being very religious about sticking to my 1100 cals and trying to keep my carbs to a reasonable level instead of using my training as an excuse to nosh pasta and bread at every opportunity! My exercise is back to its proper levels too so that should help.
Wednesday Club Run
I advertised tonight’s planned run as 5 not toooooo hilly miles. I had quite a fast bunch tonight so I had to be careful to look after my achilles. They’ve been really tight and sore since Monday’s lunchtime run and I’m a bit concerned that the new shoes have caused it. I swapped back to the old ones tonight to see how I got on. The run went well and there were just a couple of places where it felt steep so I was quite surprised by how impressive the elevations looked on the chart! We completed the 5 miles in 50 minutes including a few regrouping stops. My friend Belinda was trialling her shiny new Garmin 405C which her hubby bought her for her birthday at an absolutely bargain price from Amazon. I wonder if she managed to collect the data okay as technology isn’t quite her thing! My achilles felt fine on the run and still feels okay now but I’ll be sure to get the foam roller out before I go to bed. At this rate I’ll have amazing triceps as the foam rollering gives them a great workout!
Planks and Clams!
We’ve got a bit of plank challenge going on our Purbeck Runners forum. We are trying to do a plank a day to ensure a nice strong core for all our running. It’s great because someone always bumps the thread up and it definitely reminds you to get planking. Plus, because I’m doing the plank I then actually remember to do my clams and my one legged dips too.
The exciting thing……
Have a little look at Runners World, page 87….you might see someone you recognise!
Finally, I want to leave you with a picture that might amuse you. It certainly amused me! I’ll be saving this one for future reference….