ReeReeG wrote: »
And sadly, many instagrammers are constantly portraying this idea that you need to punish yourself with exercise after food, or that you need to 'earn' meals. Not helpful for any of us to keep seeing this online (I do tend to unfollow but impossible to avoid 100%)
Laineyfrecks wrote: »
Well done on facing your fear of that route & completing it:)
I believe you should always have a dream, helps push you to achieve it, never stop dreaming
OOnegative wrote: »
Congratulations on the new job L, your log is a real bundle of joy an inspiration. It’s clear that you love your running and it loves you, keep it going!!
Hannibal_Smith wrote: »
Thanks guys... Let's hope the reality lives up to the dream :pac:
I actually have a question... I'm part of a local G4M&O team but I haven't been back since Jan (well since Covid really) because I wasn't sure how to factor it in.
However matches are starting back and I'd really like get back to it all. So how do I factor it in? It sounds a bit obvious as I'm typing, but do I just sneak it in and see how it goes without changing anything running wise? It's just one training session and one match a week.
Annie get your Run wrote: »
I was briefly in one of those teams, the training sessions took way more out of me than any run, including longer stuff!!! I ended up injured with all the twisting and turning but having said that, I really enjoyed it for the year I was there. Go for it, have fun but maybe just ease off on the running for the first couple of weeks until you get used to being back doing something completely different. Enjoy!
July and August
Well these months didn't exactly go to plan. The 5 runs a week were few and far between. I don't think there was a week that I did absolutely nothing, but like that's grasping at straws for positivity! It's hard during the summer! And I also have a sense of guilt that my time off is coming to an end so I'm trying to absorb the boys as much as I can (my kids I mean!).
That said the eldest's soccer and gaa matches are now moving further a field from local teams to all over the County so Ive enjoyed some lovely runs in some really nice spots from Malahide to Mount Merrion. I would run in a Burka if I could and up until now would never even run in a sleeveless top, nevermind shorts. But I ditched the 3/4 lengths and t shirts and ran around happy as a pig in poop in me shorts and me vest tops.
I think I mentioned before that my easy runs were 12:30 or thereabouts and were now 11:20 or thereabouts. I don't really take much notice while I'm out and the only reason I pay any attention is because of my tendency to push them too hard. Its really hard keeping them in check, but I get so stiff if I don't so I really need to do better with these. Sometimes I'll be running along and think... Ooh this feels a little hot and I look at the watch and its 10:30!! I know it's no measure but last year that kind of pace was me pushing myself to the limit so it has the confidence sneaking in a bit.
Strides and Hills
Although it's been a while 😬 the last couple of strides I was finding a bit difficult. It could have been the heat, but I think it's more I'm warming up too fast, so then the knock on effect is that the first few strides are way too fast. I was eternally aiming for 2 mins at 10:20 x 6, but the first one or two were 9.xx. While they feel frickin amazing and I think... Hell yeah I can manage this... By the last 2 I'm dying and praying for the sweet lord to take me. So getting them under control is very much my aim. I've also learned recently that you shouldn't be hanging together by the end (which I am) so I'm going to keep it to 4 attempts and work from there.
The hills I love (thought it's been a while with these too) . Oh my goodness they have brought immense improvements. They have improved my posture, my ability to relax, my legs, I'm pretty sure my tummy too. I just love them. Not going to lie the thoughts of doing them on the day don't fill me with too much joy, but I know I'm going to feel like a machine by the time I'm done, so that keeps them going.
So because running has been a bit all over the camp the last couple of weeks I tried to get a routine in place this week and just got out for a few short easy runs. And now I can't wait to get stuck in next week m
Tl:DR I've been taking the mick but am back on track now 🤞
In other news... The BP that wouldn't settle and that was the whole reason for starting the log in the first place. Well it turns out the reason it wasn't settling was down to the brand of tablet. Not kidding. A month ago while renewing the prescription the pharmacist gave me a different brand of the same tablet because they ran out of the usual one. The BP has been dropping ever since. After almost a year!!!! Got my bloods done the other day and the GP took it and nearly fell off his chair!! 😂 I've a feeling the thyroid is acting up a bit, but we'll see if I get a call 🤞
I'm dying for the park runs to start back... Well I am and I amn't. I really want to test where I'm at, but at the same time I want to get some control over the paces before I do. Then again, I'm probably way over thinking it. I'll see what the bloods come back as and if we're all good, I may try a TT and test what I've learned!