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.
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 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.
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!
AM – Intervals
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
PM – Easy 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.