Perfect Start to a Day

What an absolutely perfect start to my day.

4am wake up, well 4.10am after 2 snooze hits….zzzzzzzzz, not being 100% sure what the weather would be doing I slid out of bed with trepidation.  Dry outside, well that was a bonus and my phone telling me it was 2 degrees, not too cold.
I started the day with a 30 minute easy pace run from my training plan, whilst I still struggle staying in easy I did do loads better and got 65% within Zone 2 (easy), and 34% in zone 3 (steady).  I ran for 37 minutes, covered 3.69 miles and had a pace of 10.07 min/mile.  It was fresh outside, cooler than I expected and a little slippy underfoot in places but I had a great run.

I am not quite sure whether it is the lure on tonight’s pancakes and wanting to be able to eat them and not feel guilty, the red wine I intend to drink later, (pre birthday treat), the meal tomorrow night at my mom and dads, hopefully with cake, the deep seated desire not to have to get the bus or just sheer madness that pushed me to make the decision to walk to work.  Whatever is was I am so glad that I did, I got to see the most incredible sunrise, heard the birds singing and just gave myself the best possible start to the day.

My walk covered 4.05 miles in exactly 1 hour at a pace of 14.51 min/mile and I spent 53% in Zone 2, how does that work then?

I really have set myself up for a great day, I feel, revived, calm and extremely happy.
Just goes to show that exercise really does release happy endorphins, here’s to a truly great day. x

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Sunday Long Run

Ouch, Ouch, Ouch

Some runs are great, some runs are ok, some runs are tough and some runs are very tough! Today’s was a very tough one.  Personally I blame Joe Wicks!!! After doing his HIIT video on Friday, being a smarty pants and moving onto the next level my legs hurt.  No pain, no gain though.

I ran Saturday and felt it, Saturday night was a little achey, Sunday morning the ache was still there but it didn’t feel bad enough not too run, so off I go.  I gave myself a good 10 minute walk warm up figuring that should help, then set off at a nice steady pace, no way could I have pushed myself too much.

When I look back at the stats surprisingly I really didn’t do too bad.  Starting pace of 9.06 per mile, decreasing down to 10.10 which for 9.5 miles isn’t too shabby, especially with the ache I was enduring from around mile 6!  My legs felt like lead and I felt as though i was running through tar.

Coming down from the cross roads to Banners Gate in Sutton Park is all downhill but the ache and tiredness I felt was like nothing else, I wanted to give up and how I carried on I will never know.  I think it was possibly the thought of, ‘if i stop and walk I am going to be even later home and with a trip to Ikea planned it could very well be a huge mistake’ if my husband would have been at home, I have no doubt in my mind I would have been tempted to call him.

Unusually I had taken a drink with me, I don’t normally run with a drink but feel that as my runs are getting longer I really should get into the habit of carrying one, if I am totally honest the reason i don’t is because I don’t like carrying anything it drives me mad, plus not matter how god the bottle is, it always leaks.


At 9.5 miles finish I was exhausted and very relieved that I could stop, which makes me thin then how the devil am i going to manage 26.2 miles?

I walked 10 minutes home to cool down and hopefully stretch my aching muscles out, and then did a good 15 minute stretch out when i got home, which i have to say was pure bliss, followed by a steaming hot shower, sadly no sit down but perhaps keeping moving is actually better for you????

 

22nd February Training

I am writing this a day late, yesterdays training was:

10 minutes Zone 2 (easy pace) warm up

25 minutes Zone 4 (threshold)

5 minutes Zone 2 (easy pace) cooldown

The wind was blowing like a good one, a little like trying to run into a brick wall, then being pushed backwards by said brick wall!  Thankfully though Storm Doris wasn’t at full strength yesterday i really think i would have been blown away, or given up if the training was today!  It is actually the first time i am grateful of a rest day!

25 minutes at threshold really didn’t sound fun at all, and whilst i certainly didn’t laugh much, except when i fell down a kerb! (the ability to laugh at yourself is so important sometimes!) it was not as bad as i expected.  I kept checking my watch to ensure that i was within the correct zone and found the 25 minutes flew by, before i knew it I was at the top of the dreaded hill section, back onto the flat and the home straight.  I think my heart rate peaked on the hill but i ran through it and managed to keep the pace constant.

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Finishing at 40.55 minutes and covering 4.5 miles which included 15 at easy pace really wasn’t too bad.  I always beat myself up about the warm up and cool down because i feel they are affecting my overall run time.  Sounds silly but I see these posts of people running 10k in truly incredible times and keep feeling like i am a bit of a failure as my time is nowhere near that.  But then I remind myself that i did not start this to be the best, i do not do it to be the best, i started it to try and improve my body and fitness and i do it now because i LOVE it.

 

Edamame 

Edamame are a young soy Bean, picked before they harden and used widely in cuisine from China, Japan, Hawaii and Korea. 

On top of being really tasty and a wonderful snack or meal accompaniment they are little wonders packed full of protein, (155 grams contains 18.5g) iron, calcium and all of the essential amino acids your body needs, plus they are low in sugar and fat and calories.

They have been linked to lowering cholesterol, aiding with the menopause, reducing the risk of certain cancers and lowering the risk of bone loss (osteoporosis). 

They come in their own pod/shell which is inedible, once removed they need cooking very quickly for 3-5 minutes in boiling water then just nibbled on. Or have fun with the by adding seasoning, sauces or simply sprinkling with salt. 

They are becoming so popular you can find them in the frozen Isle or in the ready prepared section of most supermarkets/health stores.

The perfect snack anytime and perfect to back up an active lifestyle. 

80 Minute Long Run

Today’s training run was 80 minutes, pace Easy.

I set up my watch but stupidly set two alerts on it, one for heart rate min and max, the other for pace min and max. I was so determined to stay within the easy zone, but after 10 minutes massively regretted the two alerts they drove me potty. What went through my head when I thought both would be useful??? 

Staying within the easy heart rate zone is so difficult I feel at times that I would be walking if I slowed down enough to keep my heart rate as low as it should be within this zone.  There apparently is method behind the madness and I am learning the whys from. Dr Phillip Maffetone’s book as we speak.  His philosophy and teaching is to slow right back, from what I have read each person he has trained also struggles and cannot understand the reasoning behind it but go on to say it really works.  I will keep trying though I am sure I will get there. 

Today was also my first try with energy gels, with it being an 80 Minute run I thought I would give one a go. In honesty I am really not sure I like them, sickly sweet and of course ever so slightly warm from being in my pocket! Thankfully I had been warned not to down the whole lot in one go, in actual fact I only managed half anyway. Perhaps they are an acquired taste and will grow on me, perhaps I will find other ways to fuel my body for the marathon!!?? 

With my long runs increasing I think I may need something to keep me going during them and when I think in October I have to run the distance between home and Droitwich nothing short of a small miracle with suffice. 

A Scarey Thought

When you realise that in 8 months you will be embarking on a run that is the exact same distance from Droitwich to your home…. 26.2 miles!!

It was a 27 minute journey in the car, on foot I am anticipating a sub 5 hour run! (God willing), never before have I paid that much attention to how far it actually is….. a very long way!

I walked 26.2 during the Moon Walk and distinctly remember saying anyone who runs that distance must be totally insane. Why, why, why would anyone run 26.2 miles??!!?? Above all WANT to run it.

And now here I am preparing for the exact challenge I thought people were mad for attempting. I fear this challenge like nothing before, I dread this challenge like I cannot say. But the fear and dread are of me failing. I cannot fail.

I am so determined that I will do this and when my determination wavers I will remind myself why I am doing it. I am doing it to raise essential money for Alzheimers Society to help with the undeniably incredible work they do to help not only the sufferer but also the family, friends and carers of anyone suffering from dementia.

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk
http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/helen-hartle

Power Smoothie

I gave it my all during this morning HIIT at Home workout and really felt the benefit. Every interval was given 100% effort. I still struggle a little with the Abs section but I am starting to improve and can see the benefits.

I can’t eat breakfast at the time I have to leave home so take it on the go to work with me. Whilst I don’t think smoothies are the ideal breakfast every day they are the easiest on the go breakfast going. 

Today I threw together my own little concoction and I have to say it has worked so well, it tastes delicious. 

With 320 calories, 11g of fat and 30g of protein it is a great post workout refuel. 

Recipe

250ml Coconut Water

50g frozen forest fruits

1tbsp Almond Butter

2tbsp Natural Greek yogurt

1 scoop Banana Protein Powder

Filling, nutritious and very tasty. 

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