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“Recovery” week


Well the most traumatic part of my week wasn’t my Insanity workouts!! After over 3 hours on the National Express from Cardiff, we got to our front door after 11pm last night and only then did I realize I had left the house keys in Cardiff…

This was a fail on every single level. We called an emergency locksmith but he would have had to drill either one or both locks, and as we are renting and couldn’t get hold of our landlord we didn’t want to do that. So we had to pay him £78 for the call out and then we headed off to find a hotel for the night. The Premier Inn was £191 for the night, which I found outrageous, so we stayed at the Hilton which was £199, still outrageous but at least it’s a bit classier. This morning we managed to get hold of our landlord who told us that some of the other estate agents that listed the property previously had keys, so we went over to one of them at 9am this morning, and thankfully they still had a set, so finally we got into our home, £277 down for a stupid mistake, not ideal- especially at this time of year!

I actually didn’t feel too stressed or angry or anything about it, to be honest I just felt apathetic, I didn’t feel anything. It seems to be a common occurrence these days for me to do something stupid or clumsy, shit happens I guess. It’s just best to move on and forget it and not dwell too much. I needed to run today though, just to get it all out of my system, fresh air, music, empty head, no thoughts, me, the road/grass/leaves/open air. Running is the best therapy ever! I had a brilliant 7 mile run and feel a lot better. I certainly will not make that mistake twice!!


Base building has been going well, last week was a set back week for me, I like to lower my mileage after every 3 weeks of increasing to give the legs a break. I still had some good runs including a decent Parkrun effort of 26.13. I need to find a bit of time to beat my PB and dip under 25 mins before the end of the year! This was an official Parkrun PB for me as when I ran my 5k PB of 25.25 I forgot my barcode! Standard. It was a beautiful-if cold-morning, but the turn out as always at Cardiff was amazing, I’ll be trying to fit in at least 2 more Parkruns there before the end of the year, I absolutely love it!

I’ve continued cranking out the Insanity workouts. I’ve just started my third week, and it doesn’t get any easier. You get better, so you can push yourself harder, which makes the workout as tough as ever. I did the second fit test yesterday and saw a huge increase in my number of reps for the moves, so it is definitely working! I like following a program where I know what I’ll be doing day to day. I like structure, the same with running, I write all my training plans out and follow them strictly, it’s a little bit obsessive, but I just like having a schedule and sticking to it rather than going with the flow!! Have to go with what works!

I got another sports massage yesterday, it was awesome, and my legs feel as good as new. They have been heavy and tight over the last few months so this helped a million. I’m going to try and get one at least every couple of months during this training cycle.

Last weeks training log:

  • Mon: 3 mile Recovery Run, Insanity Cardio Power + Resistance
  • Tues: Insanity Pure Cardio, 3 mile Walk
  • Weds: 4 mile Recovery Jog, 2 mile Walk, Insanity Plyometric Circuit
  • Thurs: Rest Day
  • Friday: 6 miles Shake Out Run, Insanity Cardio Recovery
  • Saturday: Parkrun, Insanity Cardio Power + Resistance, 2 mile walk
  • Sunday: Insanity Pure Cardio + Cardio Abs

This week, I’ll be continuing with the Insanity workouts, I’ll drop down on the amount of them if I find they leave me too sore or knackered and it starts to affect my runs. This is my last week of running 4 times, before I increase to 5 runs from next week, I’ve also started to re-introduce some quality sessions into my runs, throwing in some speed/tempo/hill work amongst the junk!

I’m going to Brighton this weekend, so aiming to get in a 10 miler on Friday, and maybe sneak a short one in in Brighton. I love running in different place, the absolute best way to explore!

I finally got to open my advent calender this morning, although I’m a little behind now! Nick has 3 which seems excessive! My Montezuma’s one is awesome though! Off to get my butt kicked by Shaun.T…

Have a great week!

Monday Munchies

Ever have those days where you just feel so hungry all day, it does not matter what you eat, the feeling just won’t go away…yeah..that was me today!

I think I know why it happened, I had virtually no protein with my dinner last night which I know is a post-run error! I have certainly paid the price today. Will have to experiment with eating more protein post-run.

Today started as always with oatmeal:

Good morning Oats

I don’t usually use the sachets but this morning I felt lazy, so just took the easy option! I cooked them with half a banana in and topped with the other half and some small brazil nuts. I accompanied this with a kiwi:

Yes I eat the kiwi with the skin on

I eat kiwi’s with the skin on. Many people have told me this is simply not normal?! Thoughts and opinions? Skin on? Skin off? I think that most of the good stuff is probably in the skin so that is why I eat it….that and I am far too lazy to peel it anyway.

I was starving my lunchtime so I made OIAJ:

Empty jar

Much better

My oats were topped with flaxseed and some dates and were delicious. The SunPat nut butter jars are a nightmare though, so awkwardly shaped that it is impossible to get all the deliciousness out!

Post lunch I impulsively decided to go for a bike ride. Bearing in my mind I got a bike for Christmas and have used it for about 10 minutes since that point. The weather was too good to pass up and I wanted a break from running, so I went for it. I cycled down to a local park and back, it was 8.5 miles in total which I was fairly chuffed with, considering my lack of cycling lately. My legs are now paying the price for this!Stopped at the lake for a little break

I stopped at the lake half way around for a little break. The park is really beautiful though my picture does not give this impression! The last mile of so I found a bit tough as it was hilly, but I am glad I pushed through.

I came back to put my bike away and what should happen as I am wheeling it around but the back gate slammed shut, I thought I would be able to lift the handle on the gate but it was not working from my side of the fence. Fail.

Nobody else was home or home any time soon and I did not have my key with. I had also taken my shoes off and left them the other side of the gate. Double fail. So I was trapped on the other side of this:

I managed to find a chair in the garage which I used for a boost and then I was stuck on top of the wall thinking “how the hell am I going to get down?” I would have jumped if I had shoes on but barefoot jumping onto concrete from height seemed like a bad idea so I decided to lower myself which worked, though apparently I have damaged the trellis!

Post-drama I refueled with some falafel, oatcakes and hummus. Then I decided to whip up a tiny batch of Angela’s Raw Almond Butter

Raw almondy goodness

So yummy, I enjoyed it with some apple slices.

I was absolutely starving all day, so decided to cook a massive dinner. I usually like to eat lightly for dinner, but today I needed something a bit heavier.

Got carbs?

Big pile of steamed kale, absolutely massive sweet potato topped with tahini and simply spiced quinoa.

Simply Spiced Quinoa:

  • 50g Quinoa
  • 200ml Veg stock
  • Pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin, tumeric and garam masala

Boil the Quinoa for 10 minutes with the stock and spices, then let it absorb for 15-20 minutes. So yummy and so simple.

I finished with a fruit salad, I am now absolutely shattered and have decided that I need to work a lot harder on how I am fueling my body pre and post exercise. How do you like to fuel pre and post exercise?