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Berlin Marathon Training Week 12

I’m not even sure if this is worth documenting any more as there is so little running going on in my life right now! This week saw me run 3 miles, taking my grand total mileage to August to a massive 32 miles! Barely more than the marathon itself, in a whole month!

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I’m still suffering from sinusitis which is now entering it’s third week although hopefully is on the way out, I just can’t seem to shake it off! My knee feels like it’s improving, but it’s still not right so my running has been restricted to one short run this week again.

Instead of running I’ve been getting into the Kinetic Revolution 30 day program now, I started it after I saw it on Maria’s blog and thought it would be a really good way to help me ease back into running, and hopefully help to prevent any further injuries. The first 7 days were all mobility and balance focused, so plenty of stretches and single leg balance drills, I really enjoyed the workouts they took me just over 20 minutes and by the end of the week I could definitely notice a difference. The second week is more focused on running specific strength work, which I’m looking forward to, and I might do the mobility drills a few times a week in addition.

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I’ve done plenty of walking this week, but not much in the way of running. I went for my first run in 2 weeks on Wednesday, doing an easy 3 miles, I had no knee pain during the run, but my knee was so stiff and sore for the rest of the day which was not a good sign.

I was going to attempt a longer run yesterday but I was so hungover and had such a headache after hitting my head in a drunken stupor the night before that I didn’t think it was worth it. I spent Saturday with uni friends at the childhood museum which was great fun, and then we went out in the night, where we discovered we were going to be bridesmaids for my friend Cristie’s wedding, we were all mega excited, and celebrated in style, I proceeded to have one too many margaritas! Getting home to receive this enormous bag of days from the other half was the best thing ever though!

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Thankfully I ran 8 miles this morning, and while the knee was sore it wasn’t painful which is an improvement. I bought an ultimate performance patella support, which really seemed to help. I’ve booked in to see my physio tomorrow morning, so hopefully will get some clues as to what is going on. I know that sitting really aggravates it, and if I’m stationary for more than 30-40 minutes I really notice it. It’s a little sore and stiff now after the run today, so it’s still definitely not right.

I’m hoping I can get a bit more running done over the next week. We are (finally) moving into our house tomorrow, after 4 weeks of being homeless, I cannot wait to get settled in and get all our stuff back on Wednesday. Hopefully I will be able to go for some cycles to try and get some sort of cardiovascular work going, as after doing pretty much nothing for about 3 weeks I’m not feeling fighting fit!

Without running, I’ve been filling my time with lots of fun stuff. Well apart from the last week which was assignment/exam revision hell! I am all finished for 4 weeks now, and had a great weekend with friends and the other half to make the most of being free!

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I had the nicest day yesterday, we had a lovely walk along the canal and then went to digital revolution exhibit at the Barbican which was so much fun, I could have stayed and played on Pacman and the Sims all day. We ended up having cake tapas from cookies and scream- yes we pretty much bought everything in the store, including the above: Cinnamon ice bun, Bowser (cookie within a brownie!) and almond plum blondie and 3 unpictured cookies! We had a little bit of everything to celebrate our impending house move! They were all amazing!

I’m really looking forward to moving into our new place and actually having a kitchen again, we won’t have a fridge/freezer until we order one, so will be slightly restricted but I’m sure we can get creative over the next couple of days without one! Hopefully once we are settled there we be a lot more running, cooking and blogging too!

Berlin (not) Marathon Training Week 11

I think I’ve probably spent more weeks resting during this period than actually training for Berlin, so (not) marathon training is probably more accurate!

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This seems like a very long time ago now!

It’s 5 weeks to go, and I’m actually feeling quite calm about the whole thing now. I’ve just sort of come to accept the injury and I guess what will be will be, there’s no point getting worked up over it. I’ve done absolutely no exercise again this week, my only activity is a few short walks, some physio exercises and some yoga, fingers crossed that the knee is improving. Mentally it has got easier day by day, and I’ve been coping quite well with it over the last week.

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I’ve only run once (2 miles) in the last 2 weeks, so I’m actually a little scared to even test it out now, my mind can’t decided if I should wait a little longer, or just go for it? I was starting to feel by the middle of the week that I wanted to test it out, but I’ve now been struck down by a hideous virus. Nick had it for about a week before I got it and I thought I had got away with it, but unfortunately I’ve been struck down, meaning I haven’t really been out of bed for the last 3 days! Ironically I think the last time I was this sick was about 3 years ago in Berlin!

Maybe it’s a blessing in disguise, and the extra days of rest are what my knee needs. Hopefully if I start to get over this by mid-week then I can think about lacing up my runners again, I am slightly concerned that Nick has had this for over a week though and isn’t improving, I’m lashing in all my natural remedies so hopefully that will help!

I have 2 weeks off from work, so am spending the full week in Cardiff (hopefully recuperating) and I have an essay and an exam to prepare for next weekend. We are hopefully all set for moving into our new home on the 2nd September. We’ve been homeless for 4 weeks now, which has been hugely stressful, hence why we are probably both sick. Thankfully, we have been able to stay with my brother in Stokey, and have also made 4 trips back and forth to Cardiff to stay with my parents which has been pretty exhausting. Fingers crossed we are reaching the end now as I am itching to get settled into our new home.

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The illness has thrown my appetite off a bit, but I’m still starting every day with a big green smoothie, it is getting a little chilly now so oats may reappear soon! I am still in love with those coconut kefir shots- quite an expensive habit! I am still obsessed with raw sandwiches which have been a lifesaver since moving out. Lately I have been having a massive craving for soups/curries with the autumnal feel of the weather.

I am really hoping I have some running to report on next week, I’m itching to get back to it, and really hoping that 2+ weeks of rest will have been enough to sort this knee out!

Berlin Marathon Training Week 9

Warning, this is just going to feature me moaning about being injured again, sorry! My new knee pain that flared up last week has continued throughout this week. The weirdest thing is that I barely notice it when I’m walking or doing other workouts, but it comes on about 2 miles into a run, and builds until I can run no longer.

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Mon: Rest 3.3 mile Walk + Yoga
Tues: 2.7 mile Walk + TFBR Upper Body Weights + Belly Shred
Weds: 4 mile Run + TFBR Leg Weights
Thurs: TFBR Upper Body Weights + Belly Shred
Fri: 6 mile Run
Sat: 8 mile Run + 2 mile Hobble + Yoga
Sun: 3.3 mile Walk + TFBR Plyo Blaze + Belly Shred

I took a few days off running at the beginning of the week after the horror of last week’s long run. On Weds I went out for a 4 mile run, I could feel the knee start to niggle about 2 miles in, so I called it a day at 4. It was so hot as I had gone out around midday that I had to stop at Whole foods on the way back for a coconut water ice lolly!

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We went to Le Pain on Wednesday evening and had a lovely meal, I had a meal sized salad 😀 featuring lentils, fennel and chickpeas and finished with the coconut milk chia pudding which was delicious. Although expensive, Le Pain is definitely one of my favourite food spots in London, there is so much great Vegan food on offer, and Nick can get his meat fix too!

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Friday’s run was the best I’ve had in ages (up until about 5 miles). I felt great, my legs felt fresh, and my knee was barely bothering me, until it gradually made an appearance and the last mile was pretty painful. I was so hungry by this last mile that I had to stop at the farmers market and buy some plums, which I demolished on the way home!

I was not overly happy about having to attempt my long run on Saturday (due to the hurricane forecast on Sun) as I’m trying not to run back to back days right now. I think from the outset I knew that it wasn’t going to go well, but I was trying to stay positive. I’d run less than a mile when I could feel the knee pain building, and by the time I’d got to Cardiff parkrun at 3.5 miles things weren’t looking good.

I stopped for a few minutes before parkun by which point my knee had totally seized up, I couldn’t bend it at all. After some stretching it felt much better, so I edgily headed off on a very gentle jog round parkrun. Unfortunately 1.5 miles in, my knee completely gave way (apologies for anyone who witnessed the cursing!) and I had to have a little stop and stretch, this then happened again and to be honest I probably should have stopped at either of those points but I carried on to hobble home about 8 minutes outside my pb. Not ideal.

I jogged back for about a mile post parkrun which was about all my leg could handle, as I then couldn’t bend it and could barely walk, although it had eased up by the time I hobbled home. 8 miles at this point in marathon training is just nowhere near good enough, I wouldn’t mind so much about the distance if I was running it comfortably, but I’m not, I’m in pain, and every step is a battle, which makes me wonder if I should bother trying to run at all before Berlin?!

I’m so aware and conscious of the injury now, and almost waiting for it to flare up, which I don’t think is a very good thing. I just don’t know how I can distract myself to not be aware of it before the pain comes on. I know pain is not a good sign, and I shouldn’t keep pushing through it, but I worry how I’m going to get round Berlin if I don’t get any kind of decent mileage in. Perhaps I would be better to just rest it, and actually be able to get round the race, regardless of running fitness. I’m not sure, I’ll probably regret whatever I decided to do.

Away from running, I started Phase 3 of the Fat Burn Revolution, the workouts have been shorter which is great, although they’ve been seriously tough! Incidentally I don’t feel any pain in my knee when I do these workouts, which I just find bizarre.

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I guess I need to decide whether to rest the legs completely again or carry on trying to run. My mileage is so low right now that it wouldn’t make much difference if I didn’t run at all anyway. I still have a little bit of time, but that is quickly ebbing away, and I don’t want to be still dealing with this a week or so before the race. I just got new trainers, switching from the Asics GT-2000 to the Gel Kayano so we’ll see if that makes any difference once I try them out! Fingers crossed!

Berlin Marathon Training Week 8- Another week, Another Injury!

This marks the halfway point of Berlin training, and I’m hoping the second half will be better than the first. I’ve missed several weeks completely, had several weeks of low mileage, and am struggling through my runs at the minute with niggles, or heavy legs making it tough. This week was another bad one:

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Mon: 6 mile Run + 3.5 mile Walk
Tues: Metabolic Blaster (Upper Body Weights/Hiit intervals) + 3.6 mile Walk
Weds: 4 mile Interval Run + Lower Body Weights/Core
Thurs: Upper Body Weights/Core + 3 mile Walk
Fri: 4 mile Run
Sat: Rest: Hip Opening Yoga + 2.3 mile Walk
Sun: 8 mile Run + 2 mile Hobble

I went to see my physio on Monday, he said there was no major issues, and it’s just a build up of smaller issues from overuse, effectively I need rest which I will be gladly taking after Berlin. He told me to take another week off completely, but after having two OK runs last week I thought I would listen to my body and just run if it felt OK, I couldn’t really face taking another week off totally.

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I had such a busy stressful few days with the move, cleaning the house/garden and moving some stuff to my brothers that I just felt exhausted during Monday’s run, I’d barely had any sleep the few days before and I really felt it during this run.

Wednesday was my last canal run while living in Angel which was sad! I love running the canal, and I will massively miss it when we move. I did an interval run to test out the legs and they didn’t feel too bad, although I’ve lost a massive amount of speed and fitness.

I did manage to get onto the canal for a bit during Friday’s run as Stoke Newington isn’t much further than Angel. Sadly I tweaked my opposite knee during that run and unfortunately the sharp pain on my outer knee got worse and worse during my attempted 13 mile run today. I had to stop after 8 miles as the pain was so sharp and severe that I was unable to run any more. I had a frustrating 2 mile hobble home, and there were plenty of tears along the way.

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I really despair at this, I just can’t understand when I’m barely running why I’m picking up so many injuries. I’m pretty sure my trainers are to blame and I’m looking to change them at the minute. I only got this pair a few months back and I have been running in Asics GT 2170/2000 for the last 5 years but these new GT 2000 v2 are horrible. I’ve noticed the sizing has got increasingly dodgy in Asics lately as well, I am a regular size 5, but have always worn size 6 Asics, these ones are size 6.5 and they are so tight on my feet and uncomfortable its ridiculous.

I’ve spent the day researching if I can defer Berlin entry, I just don’t know if I can put myself physically or mentally through 8 more weeks of this. This year has just been appalling for injuries, and I’m not sure I can take much more of it. This month I’ve only managed to run 55 miles, which I was doing per week earlier in the year. It’s disappointing and frustrating, not just in terms of Berlin but because I adore running and I just can’t enjoy it right now. I’m going to spend the next week or so thinking about it, and if I do decide to do the race, it might have to be a run/walk strategy just to make it round.

I finished Phase 2 of the Fat Burn Revolution. I managed to move my weights up to my brothers tiny flat in Stoke Newington where we are staying for a few weeks, and did manage to get one of my workouts done there. Hopefully I won’t be too restricted in the Phase 3 workouts either. I’m not sure whether I should stop doing the workouts all together until I sort my legs out to be honest, I really enjoy them, but I need to prioritize running.

Onwards to the second half of training, things can’t get much worse right now so hopefully there will be a positive twist somewhere along the way!

Berlin Marathon Training Week 6

Well this post is a total contrast to my last marathon training update. I have done zero running this week, apart from two runs abandoned at 0.9 and 0.4 miles. My calf/knee injury has flared up yet again, and I am slowly reaching the end of my patience with it.

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Berlin training has been very stop/start, I feel like I’ve missed more weeks of training that I’ve run so far. This is the 2nd week out of the last three that I’ve done absolutely no running, and it’s super frustrating. I’m not so much worried about the distance, as I know I have that in my legs, it’s just that this problem keeps flaring up and I wonder how I’ll get through the rest of training if it continues.

 

I’m having to reassess my goals, as I really wanted a solid training period and focus on this marathon so I could go for a massive PB, unfortunately I’m missing so much training, that I think I’m going to have to settle for just getting round the course, and I’ve kind of accepted that. What difference does it make if it’s slower than I want to be, I’m going to be running a marathon in one of my favourite cities! I missed several weeks of training in the run up to Manchester, and it was painful, but I still got round!DSCF3982

I was hoping this week the injury would gradually improve like it did the week before last, but actually it doesn’t seem to be. I’ve been doing a lot of walking and stretching, but haven’t tried to run again since mid week. I know earlier in the year I would have probably run through the pain and carried on instead of taking a week off, but I’m just not in a place mentally where I can push through it any more, especially as I know I’m just going to make it worse, and risk being out longer. What is most frustrating is that I’ve been running for 5 years and I’ve barely had an injury problem before this year! It’s like everything has come one after the other, and I’ve never been fully right since the injury in Feb/March.

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Today was my first ever DNS for a race, I was supposed to do the National Lottery Anniversary run having won a place on Twitter, but I had my sensible cap on and decided against it due to the knee pain. I was annoyed not to run the race, but I would have been more annoyed if I had paid for it- and may even have dragged myself round which would have been incredibly stupid.

I’ve taken a week off TFBR this week also, I did one workout earlier in the week, but I didn’t want any jumping/leg weights to aggravate the problem, so I thought I would take a week off exercise completely. I usually get burned out around week 8 or so of a weights program anyway, so I thought taking a week off at the half way point (week 6) might see me finishing the program stronger as well.

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I think what’s most annoying about this injury is that I’m not even running that much or particularly big mileage compared to earlier in the year. If I hadn’t already paid for Berlin (race, flights, hotel) I would most definitely pull out as I need some time away from running, to let my body rest and repair whatever is going on. Hopefully I can get to the bottom of this soon, and it starts to improve, or this could be a pretty grim training period in the run up to Berlin.