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“Recovery” week

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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!!

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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!

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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!

“Rest” Week

Hard to believe that the Cardiff half was nearly a week ago now, I’m still riding high off the good vibes from that race. I decided to take a full week off exercise post race, as my body needed a break after tough training in recent months.

IMG_0111I wasn’t too sore the day after the race, actually I wasn’t sore at all, it felt like I hadn’t even run a race, which was kind of weird. We headed to London on the coach as we were going flat hunting. We got there early afternoon and checked into our hotel: the Hilton on Upper street. Then we went walking all around Islington and Clerkenwell, I’d say we walked 7-8 miles total and we loved exploring the local area. We met my brother in the evening and went for mezze- falafel and hummus is a winner every time!

IMG_0143IMG_0144Tuesday we had an early start as the relocation company picked us up just before 9am, we viewed 20 properties during the day, finishing up at around 5pm, I was absolutely hanging by mid afternoon, and a Pret salad and snacks throughout the day were necessary to keep the energy levels up! Those Chia pods are great for when you are on the go, I love Chia pudding so these are really handy. I wasn’t sure on the Gomacro bar, I tried the banana almond butter one which was ok, Nick thought it was bland. They are fairly expensive so I probably wouldn’t buy again, unless the other flavour is amazing!

IMG_0148IMG_0149We really liked 5 properties we saw, and we put forward 3 that we were most happy with for the agent to make offers. We went to Wahaca in the evening, we both had a cocktail, it was totally necessary after such an exhausting day. I had the hibiscus margarita, we shared some chips and guacamole-well I just ate most of the guac- and I had a delicious salad which seemed to be never ending. We were very full after this, and knackered so we headed back and watched the Bake off in the hotel and fell asleep about 9.15, rock and roll!!

IMG_0173On Wednesday we hung around for a bit waiting on news about the properties, we viewed the one we thought we had a good chance of getting again just to have a second look. We stopped for refreshments: tea for me and smoothie for Nick, and then headed over to Hummus Bros. for lunch. We had the falafel hummus and guacamole salad, him with pitta, me with carrot sticks- so much hummus! We ate them in the St Paul’s Churchyard, as it was a nice day. We then headed over to Whole Foods to have a browse, I was quite restrained, and bought a couple of things, before we chilled and had a drink upstairs and headed to catch our coach back to Cardiff.

IMG_0185I got salad bar from Whole Foods so I ate that on the way home, we had a bit of a nightmare journey, it took 90 mins just to get out of London and then there was an accident on the motorway right before our exit-annoying! We got home, and I could barely talk, I was just so drained!

Thursday was much more chilled out, I had a quiet morning then I went to walk Nick’s dog Lola and walked to get a sports massage. I had a Groupon voucher so it was a great offer and it was absolutely fantastic. My calves and hamstrings were very tight, so he used this technique called scraping where he used a blunt knife, it doesn’t hurt, it’s kind of a weird sensation, but you could tell the difference immediately. I had a quiet rest of the day as I put my feet up and rested.

IMG_0199 IMG_0203On Friday I had another reasonably quiet day, I could tell that I hadn’t run for a while though as I was in a foul mood, and really starting to miss it! I went to get my hair cut, then took Nick’s dog out for a walk- the temperature dropped ridiculously yesterday?! We went to Ikea to have a mooch around and get inspiration for the new place, as well as messing about and pretending to live in all the fake rooms. We have signed the contract for a place near Angel, so fingers crossed it will all go through and we will hopefully be moving this coming Wednesday!

IMG_0208IMG_0209This morning I headed to Parkrun, I debated it briefly as the weather sounded atrocious, thankfully it was just windy and not raining. I realised as I got there that I had forgotten my barcode- annoying!! I felt pretty good considering I’d had the whole week off after the half, I didn’t really push the pace and I felt comfortable. I saw a sign saying 2 which I thought was 2km to go, and I assumed I was on for a reasonably slow time, but the sign must of been for something else as not long after I saw the finish line and and I crossed it in 25.25 (25.27 official as I knew what position I had finished in and that I finished at the same time as the guy in front of me). This was a new PB (third in a week!) by 12 seconds, I was totally shocked by that as I felt like I could of pushed much harder. I made some quick purchases in Tesco (hello squash and persimmons!) and then headed home for breakfast!

In other news I signed up for the London to Brighton Ultra!! It kept crossing my mind after I saw it on Twitter earlier in the week, and it was just too tempting to resist. I will be doing the 56km which is 34.7 miles I think! It’s in May, so plenty of time to train, I need to do some research on training plans. I’m feeling slightly nuts for doing it, but I love to challenge and push myself so this will certainly do that.