Kaiser Half Training: Week Two

I didn’t mean to leave it a whole week between posts but last week we moved house and it basically took over my whole life! Moving house is HARD WORK. It’s physically and emotionally draining. But we’re now installed in our new little pad and it’s much nicer than I’d anticipated!

Last week’s running went OKAY. To be honest, I’m just proud of any running I got done in this particular week although I wish I’d put a few extra miles in. But basically it went down like this.


Monday: Rest

Ha! Rest? Rest, my arse. Today we moved house. Because we only moved a few buildings down, we moved everything ourselves (with help from some friends) using my old, battered running stroller. SO many trips up and down stairs. My rest day was flipping exhausting. I felt the niggle of a tired IT Band and I also had a lovely case of pink-eye in my left eye. Classy.

Tuesday: Foundation Run

I should have run 6 miles today but I didn’t. I’d slept really badly, I spent the day moving things and I was pretty emotionally overwrought (as one tends to be when moving house). I couldn’t spare an hour to go run but I did fit in half an hour. It was very much needed and was a great mental balancer. Having said that, I grew concerned about the IT band niggle. I’d felt it first on Sunday when we started moving house – the constant up/downstairs thing, the lifting, the walking. It got worse every day. Not BAD but worrisome. No pain when running but some discomfort afterwards. 3 miles at 10.37 pace.

I will never get used to living somewhere that has pelicans
I will never get used to living somewhere that has pelicans

Wednesday: Rest

I didn’t want to have a day off today but I was busy the whole day and also felt it might be wise for my IT Band. Ooh, and for my right eye which was slightly pink too. Oh the glamour.

Thursday:  5 mile Fast Finish Run

Out the (new) house at 6am in the pitch black AND the rain, wearing my new rain jacket. Most excited about the rain. This run’s goal was the first 35 minutes at an easy pace and the remaining 15 minutes at a moderate pace. My first 3.4 miles averaged 10.10 and the final 1.6 averaged 9.20. 9.20 used to be my normal pace – I was slightly dismayed at how ‘fast’ it felt.  My leg felt okay. 5 miles at 10.06 pace.

Friday:  10 mile Long Run

With the bulk of our move done, I took some time for myself and did my long run. The first few miles gave me some concern about my IT Band but after 4 miles it settled down and felt fine. I ran M5 and M9 at tempo and the remaining miles at easy pace. I bust a gut on both tempo miles, aiming for 8.30 pace and managed 8.41 and 8.43 which dismayed me a little, given how hard I worked. I have a slight cold this week, so I’m hoping that that’s the reason for the effort and the resulting pace. 10 miles at 10.18 pace.

Saturday: Rest

I fully intended to run today but it just didn’t happen. Instead, I went to Home Depot twice,  did work around the house unpacking boxes and took the Dude to a birthday party.

Sunday: Doubles Day!


I did the first interval session for a long time (maybe since May?) this morning. Half a mile warm-up, then 12 x (1 min fast, 1 min recovery) followed by the remainder at a very easy jog. I felt like I busted a gut out there. I have a long way to go. It was however totally worth it, as I was awake early enough to catch one of the most spectacular sunrises I’ve ever seen! 3.7 miles at an average of 9.10 pace

No filter, people
No filter, people

PMEasy Run

Seven very easy, relaxed evening miles thinking of the lovely Michaela who, at that moment, was running the marathon segment of Ironman Arizona. I had one of those gorgeous runs where I honestly felt like I could run forever. But I didn’t, I came home and made Bolognese for my boys. 7.11 miles at 10.18 pace.


I have very mixed views about this week’s training. I’m slightly disappointed because last week’s training was so good and I was on such a high. I’d hoped to have built on that. However this week was a busy week in Real Life and I think that any running that happened should be celebrated. Whilst I’d hoped to run over 30 miles, 29 miles overall is not to be sniffed at. I’m not too concerned about my IT Band. It’s calmed down and I’m rolling it like crazy.

80/20 training is based really on heart rate and I am a runner without a heart rate monitor. I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while but haven’t yet done so. I’m not OVERLY keen, and life is crazy busy at the moment. So I’ve been working to my own definitions of ‘zones’, based on effort. Clearly the purists will be rolling their eyes and shaking their heads at my amateurish efforts, but for the moment, it will have to do.

Next week, life gets no quieter. Three in-laws arrive on Tuesday for a two-week visit. It’s the Dude’s 5th birthday on Thursday (!) and his party on Saturday – and that party has got totally out of hand!! However I’ve worked out what I hope is a realistic training plan and I reckon I should be able to achieve it. I DO need to watch my diet. This week, I planned to eat well but we ended up eating whatever was in front of us because we were so tired, so hungry and we didn’t have a fridge full of healthy food! I need to sort that out this week!

Okay…birthday week, here we come. Let’s do this.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Grace says:

    Hang on…you’ve just moved to a smaller apartment and your in-laws are going to be visiting? Brave soul 🙂 Also, get thee to a heart rate monitor! I’ve tested one out once or twice, and realised that my own estimates of my effort as it compares to heart rate are wildly inaccurate, especially if your effort perception is calibrated on nothing. (Maybe refer to Fitzgerald’s other book, Running by Feel…?)

    1. Cathryn says:

      It’s going to be a snug week 🙂

      Ref the HRM, I know you’re right, I really do. But even if I bought a HRM online, I can’t imagine I’d have time to work out the various zones in the next three weeks, so i’ll probably leave it until our guests have gone. Not ideal, I know. But life.

  2. Nic J says:

    He’s FIVE?!!!!! How did that happen?! Good grief! Mind you, my nephews are now 8.5 and 7.5. If I blink, they’ll be asking to borrow my car next!
    Well done on the house move – I’ve vowed never to move again EVER, base don the experience of buying and moving into our current abode. BY the time we finish fixing it up and have it done how we like it, we’ll be 95 anyway. Still, work does continue, and next time you’re over here you’ll be able to pop in and play in the snooker room, have a go on the dart board, play a little bagatelle, and maybe even a spot of shove ha’penny!!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Yeah, we vowed to Hire People next time, but because we were just round the corner, we ended up doing it ourselves. Not great.

      Can’t wait to play all the games at yours next time I’m home.

  3. Paulette says:

    Moving is so much work! Don’t be too hard on yourself for not feeling like you improved on the previous week, I bet it took a huge toll on your body. 🙂 Congrats on the new place!

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks! You’re right, the IT issue is definitely a result of the move. Most annoying.

      BTW, I ordered some cliftons today – no bay area store had my size in stock, even in the ugly colours, so I ordered online! I am so excited about the magic shoes 🙂

  4. Angela says:

    Agree, at least the move is DONE. You really can’t be too hard on yourself about what you do or don’t accomplish when you’re dealing with something that draining (not looking forward to it, have to say, even though we too are just going a short way).

    Having the heart rate monitor is nice, but after a few weeks with it, I’ve mostly gotten to where I know what the right zone feels like, & any time I suspect I’m pushing a little too hard, sure enough. the monitor confirms it. So I do think that going only by effort can be done, as long as you are really, really honest with yourself about what “easy” really means. For me it’s long deep breaths without much exertion, being able to carry on a conversation easily, and not breathing hard when I stop for water or lights or whatever.

    1. Cathryn says:

      That is GOOD to know. I’m kind of thinking about it like gears on a car or paces on a horse. Glad to know it can be done and I use the same tests – could I chat right now, that kind of thing? Really comforting to know as I’m a little concerned I’m blagging it.

      DEF don’t let Don talk you into doing the move yourself with friends to help because ‘it’s just round the corner’. I wish we’d used task rabbit men! But so excited for your fancy new pad!

  5. You did a really good job making time to run with everything which was going on. I hope you realize it. Really, I don’t have kids and I am pretty sure I am doing a quarter of everything that you do. Also, the move counts as strength and cross training 😉

    My lucky charm is turning five, this week? Gave him a kiss for me on Thursday and tell him “Joyeux anniversaire” 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      Thanks for the sweet words about me fitting it all in. Yep, your lucky charm is five in three hours time. Sob. I shall definitely give him a big sloppy kiss from you. Any excuse!

  6. Jen says:

    Belatedly joining the chorus of: don’t be so hard on yourself! It’s amazing that you managed to fit 29 miles into the same week that you moved! And honestly, having moved 4 times in the last 5 years, the closer the move (geographically), the harder it usually is because you don’t prepare for it quite as well. I find the mental component quite challenging as well, since you’re constantly making decisions about what to do, where to put stuff, etc. Moving sucks! Definitely hire helpers next time!

    I agree with Angela about HRMs — it’s OK to run by effort AS LONG AS YOU ARE 100% HONEST WITH YOURSELF. For me, I think it’s easier to do that without knowing my pace until after the run, so there’s no, “Oh, that can’t possibly be my easy/tempo/interval pace! Must run faster/slower!”

    1. Jen says:

      Oh, and happy birthday to the Dude! They grow up so fast!

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