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Berlin Marathon Training Week 7

This week started as last week ended, no running, lots of pain/stiffness and masses of frustration. Thankfully it did pick up towards the end of the week, and there is finally some running to report!

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Mon: Rest Day
Tues: TFBR Upper Body Weights/Core + 4 mile Walk
Weds: Rest Day: Hip Opening Yoga + 3.6 mile Walk
Thurs: 4 mile Run (Yay) + TFBR Lower Body Weights/Core + 3.6 mile Walk
Fri: TFBR Metabolic Blaster (Upper Body weights + Hiit cardio) + 5 mile Walk
Sat: 10 mile Long Run (Yay)
Sun: TFBR Body Blast Circuits

I got back into The Fat Burn Revolution this week after taking a week off weights, I definitely felt a bit more rejuvenated and excited for the workouts this week. I did all the weight workouts, and a very sweaty body blast circuit workout, but no furnace workouts this week as I didn’t want to push my leg. I did the upper body workouts earlier in the week when my leg was playing up, and once it was a bit better later in the week managed to get the leg workout in as well.

I have one more week of Phase 2, and then it’s onto phase 3 for the first time ever- excited to see what is in store!

After the disaster of so many failed runs last week, I didn’t even want to test my leg out early in the week. I was so frustrated, and didn’t want to put myself mentally/physically through another failed effort, so on Wednesday I laced my trainers up, decided I wasn’t quite ready and didn’t want to risk it so took another rest day. I also stupidly burnt my leg with an ice pack, it was so painful, and looks pretty hideous right now!

I tentatively headed out on Thursday and thankfully there was a big improvement, it wasn’t pain/niggle free, but I was actually able to run, unlike last week where the pressure was so great in my calf that I couldn’t physically run.

Right now I’m not risking running 2 days in a row, my body seems to be taking an age to recover between runs, and I don’t want to rush back into it. If this means I can only run 3/4 times a week, then so be it, I’d rather be able to run 3 times a week than not at all!

I headed out for a long run on Saturday, I’m so concious of the injury that I really didn’t know what to expect. I knew I would stop if there was any pain or pressure, but other than that I just wanted to see how far I could go and how the body felt. I had in my mind to aim for around 10 miles, other than the 2 half marathons in the last few weeks that is my longest training run to date, so I thought it would be a good tester. I’ve actually missed going for long training runs, as much as I love racing and running with others, sometimes I just want to shut off and be by myself!

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I felt good during the run, the only real twinges were when going up/downhill, my calf felt OK and it was only my left knee that was niggling. I headed out really early on Saturday but it was still so hot/humid, it was tough going. I feel like I’ve lost a lot of fitness over the last few weeks with the injury, so I was flagging a bit towards the middle and end, but I just pushed on and was happy to be out there enjoying running again. I also had one of these 33 Shake chia gels for the first time, they are amazing. Like a portable chia pudding. I loved the flavour, they were easy to use and no digestive issues at all. The ingredients are awesome too!

I’m still going to see my physio today, as I don’t want this issue to continue flaring up whenever I push things harder. I’m continuing to take running steady, checking in with myself and how the body feels each morning before committing to a run, and of course stretching/yoga-ing as much as possible!

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We’ve had a super busy week as all our stuff has been taken into storage for the move, packing the house up this week (in the 30 degrees temp), and sorting out the hideous overgrown garden has been grim, and actually a workout in itself. This is gross but I’ve never sweated as much in my life as I did on Sat when packing. Hard work! Thankfully everything has gone now, and we’ve got professional cleaners coming in to deep clean the house today, saving us another sweaty job! We will be moving out on Weds :( and I’m hoping to get in one or two more Angel canal runs before we leave! We are staying in Stokey with my brother for a bit, so not too far away anyway.

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As all our stuff has been taken, it’s been very simple and easy food for the last week. I’ve actually been eating fully raw for the last 6 days as I can’t face cooking and have no ingredients/utensils/cookware. I kept the Vitamix unpacked so I’ve been living off smoothies, salads, raw soups and loads of watermelon! I’m feeling really good, it just seems so right to eat this way while the temperatures are this hot! Hope to continue on with it while we are moving around in between moves over the next few weeks!

Ultra Training Week 8: Physio

This week has been another mostly frustrating one in terms of injury, but there has been some light at the end of the tunnel! February has been a total right off since I did the Longman Trail Race on the 2nd, I’ve run about 4 times and that is it. I didn’t even cycle, swim or do anything else as I thought I had torn my calf, and didn’t want to make it any worse.

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Things reached breaking point on Wednesday when my family came to visit for the day for my Mums birthday, we did some touristy things and lots of walking (8 miles) of which I was in pain and limping for every single step. I didn’t want to ruin the day so I just got on with it, but I was in so much pain when I tried to go to bed that evening, my whole body hurt and I ended up crying myself to sleep.

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Thankfully on Thursday I had my physio appointment. I saw Jonathan at Six Physio Moorgate, and he was excellent. After a quick history, he made me do a few exercises which confirmed it wasn’t a tear, then I did some other ones, and within 10-15 minutes of me being in the appointment, we knew exactly what the problem was. Not a tear at all, but a neurological problem with the sciatic nerve which runs from the spinal cord right down the side of both legs. I don’t whether it was the race that caused the problem, whether it was just building up from something else, or whether something like my fall down the stairs a few months back started the issue.

He worked on lots of manipulation techniques and pressure points- some of them were bloody painful, as well as some massage to the area. We also looked at my walking on the treadmill which highlighted my left hip dropping and when I plant my left foot it’s almost twisted inwards, like a corkscrew motion, not good. So I am making a much more concerted effort with my posture when I am walking and sitting.

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He taped the area with KT Tape to de-load some of the pressure, and it was unbelievable, I actually walked the 2 miles home in barely any pain compared to the day before. He designed a program of stretches which I am doing twice a day, and some strengthening moves every other day. I have already noticed a huge difference, and am walking virtually pain free now which is insane when I was hobbling around in pain only a few days before.

On Friday I walked 3 miles, and on Saturday I dug out my bike for the first time in the best part of a year and headed to Victoria Park for a cycle, I did 10 miles, and was super jealous of all the runners I was passing! I don’t massively enjoy cycling, I find it hard, and my hybrid bike is heavy and I feel so slow on it- might steal the other halfs this week instead! I felt good on the ride, I just stopped at the 5 mile point to have a stretch and ensure everything felt ok with the body. I also had a 4 mile walk in the afternoon, there were some minor twinges, but on the whole the calf felt good.

This morning I was going to go swimming, but I wasn’t really up early enough. I had a little 3 mile walk, and felt really good, if I didn’t know there was something wrong I’d think I was totally fine! We also stumbled upon Cookies and Scream a Vegan Gluten Free bakery in Camden, it was amazing, we shared the most delicious Peanut Butter Cookie. I love that they use unrefined ingredients. Have to visit again some time!

I have physio again on Tuesday, and I am hoping will be given the green light for running soon! I am itching to get back out there, but obviously have to take it slow, and listen to my body. Until then I’ll keep on with the exercises and hopefully I am heading in the right direction. I am still hoping to make Manchester Marathon but after missing virtually 4 weeks of training of any sort, it’s going to be a tough ask.