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Archive for the month “February, 2013”

An Untimely Spanner

I have been ramping up my training, all has been going well, until yesterday that is. I get a phone call from my husband that could possibly change everything at the last minute.

While I have been training for the 21km run in the Colville Connection, he has been training for the 72km mountain bike event, until yesterday…..yesterday evening he fell off his bike during a training ride and ended up in hospital. He has a fractured hip socket and is facing an operation and months of rehab. Needless to say he will not be biking the 72km this year…..and I am not sure whether I will be able to do my race as a consequence.

I would like to speak to whichever higher power threw that spanner!

Lead Legs

I seem to be suffering from lead leg syndrome. Well at least that’s what I call it. Every run I do these days feels like I am trying to drag myself around on legs that are heavy! Now I know I am not over training as I said in my last entry….I am running less, so I am perplexed as to what it might be caused by. Unless…..

Here’s my theory….

STRESS!

There is way too much going on emotionally with me at this time and it is haivng an effect on my running fitness. I am not a whole bubble at the moment. Just goes to show you that fitness is not purely defined in physical terms, there is much more at play. Stress causes your heart rate to increase so your body is already working harder even before you start running. Stress stops you sleeping well, so you are tired during the day and have less energy as a consequence. Not sleeping well makes you eat more carbs the next day (I crave sweet things) and you don’t get the correct nutrition to restore your body systems after your exercise which causes more STRESS!

Like a hamster on a wheel…..you get the picture.

So I need to de-STRESS…….Meditation comes to mind, walks on the beach, having a short nap in the afternoons. I am going to try these things and see what happens. Anything has to be better than lead legs!

Where’s My Mojo?

Well, I have had a really busy 10 days or so. We have got to the stage in our lives when the little birds are flying the nest and the last one left on Saturday. Consequently, life in our neck of the woods has been very hectic.

I have been managing on a less energetic basis to complete most of my planned runs, and important thing as the Colville Connection is but a few weeks away. We spent a few days up there earlier on this month and I managed to run a trail that went over a hill and back. This was not the actual race route, but it certainly gave my legs a good go! On my way back up the hill (which became to feel like a mountain) I really struggled and had to walk at a few places. It made me aware that my training has not been as focussed for this race, something I have been struggling with ever since the Auckland Marathon last year.

Yesterday I did my longest run since training for the marathon. It was 2hr 15min and I went quite a hilly way. I have yet to work out how far I ran as this training schedule runs on time and not distance, and I think this may be why I am not training as hard.

During the run my knees were hurting and then I realised that i have not been doing my strength training as regularly. In fact the last time I did any was 10 days ago! So today I knuckled down and made myself do 3 strength circuits (I will probably be sore tomorrow).

We have also been away quite a lot, moving kids, having short breaks, and working around the house getting it ready to sell. All these activities are not conducive to a smooth training schedule, so hopefully next week I can get back on track. I will be home alone, no one else here, and I should be able to focus on my training properly.

Let’s see what happens…..

Injured!

Today I set out for a short run before doing some strength training. I was wearing a pair of Nike Frees. I have run in these before, just not recently, rather wearing them for gym workouts and when training my clients. Half way into my run my shin started to hurt! Needless to say I could not run any further and started walking, which also hurt! So I removed my shoes and proceeded to walk/jog home bare foot…which didn’t hurt as much.

When I got home I threw the Nikes into the discard box. I shall not be wearing them again. Since I returned home I have iced my shin twice and rubbed various potions into it. It still hurts. I am not impressed…..tomorrow we go to Colville for 4 days and it is a chance to try some of the dirt roads I will be running as well as try my new shoes on those roads. I can only hope the damage to my poor shin is not bad and that by tomorrow or Thursday it will be feeling okay again.

Accolades For My New Trail Shoes

Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Mount Maunganui. Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Today I did one of my off road runs that always leaves me somewhat breathless. It is on Mount Maunganui and is a steep climb followed by a sharp descent and then an undulating lap back to the stretching post! 60% of the trek up is stairs, and I have shorter legs so always watch my hubby start to disappear into the heights above while I puff along behind. It feels like a step class conducted at 500RPM! Anyway, today I made it up in 15:44, not too bad an effort.

I was wearing my new trail shoes, the Saucony Xodus GTX 3.0 and I came away extremely impressed with them. My previous trail shoes always left something to be desired. I used to have to watch the speed of my descent as they had the tendency to slip and I seemed to get sore knees from constantly braking on the way down. Well my new shoes performed like a dream! It is as if they have their own ABS brakes. I could run fast and they gripped the ground, I did not slip once. The best part was that I had absolutely no knee niggles during the run. I am stoked!

As an afterthought though, these are definitely trail shoes and are not comfortable on the road at all, too knobbly! Not that I have done any road running on them, just walking in them back to the car was enough to make me realise that if I were running on a course that had any tarred roads, it may be a little rough for a bit, and I certainly wouldn’t want to do it for long.

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