The last 2 weeks have been pretty uneventful when it comes to running. Saturday evening (19th Jan) I came down with illness. My Hubby had gotten proper flu and I skipped over that to bronchitis.
Week starting Jan 21st:
No running too ill.
No running too ill.
15 min run. Although this probably was pointless but it did feel good to get out of the house despite feeling like death. I thought I might be ok.
30 minute run which was roughly 3 miles. Still feeling like death and could not have ran faster even if I wanted to. No coughing on the run which was good, but some coughing afterwards.
I somehow managed a 45 minute run. The pace was a bit closer to my normal recovery run pace so it felt like I might be getting better. I also did a run with my son – just some sprints today as that is what he fancied.
No running. I felt awful again so spent all day testing.
3.5 mile run. I could not have managed more, no energy whatsoever.
TOTAL: 13 miles
Week starting 28th Jan…
5.5 miles. This was a really bad idea. I felt really realy bad. Sometimes I don’t always feel like I can be bothered to run but once I get going I usually perk up and am glad to be out. This run I just wanted to be at home at every step. I am quite surprised I lasted 5.5 miles.
Elements: I also started week 2 of GMB’s Elements programme. I was frustrated I had started and then illness got in the way, so I got back on it. I want to write a post about this and will do soon. I decided as well as doing the Runner 360 workout from the book i have I would try something a little different for strength and flexibility. This was the Elements programme.
It is an introduction programme to build strength, flexibility and motor control. It focuses on 3 movements frogger, bear and monkey. They look reasonably easier but you soon realise after a few minutes of doing one of them it is pretty tough going.
Day 1 of week 2 involved doing 5 minutes of each movement, It was pretty tough if I am honest but what is 15 minutes of pratting about?
No running as I was still feeling awful. I did do day 2 (of week 2) of elements. This waas basic stretching and a recovery day really from yesterday’s session.
No running. Still felt awful,. Did day 3 of elements though, which was another practice of 5 mins and a push session on one of the movements. I am really enjoying this and already finding my flexibility is even better than before. Also went to the park with my son. I was so
I managed to do a small interval session!!!! 3 x 800m with 1 min recoveries. I think that was my limit though and I think I was sensible leaving it at that many. This was a 5 miles in total run. I was happy to do this and didn’t feel wiped out when I got home.
I did a 7 mile run! I felt a bit tired on this run but was glad to up it a bit. My easy pace was back to normal here although it didn’t feel as easy as it usually does. I also did elements day 5 which was another push session and practice of the movements. I also spent some considerable time rolling around and doing other movements with my son. We tend to practise a few things at home from his gymnastics and parkour sessions. We spent some time doing handstands and cartwheels as well as the usual flips. I have decided on of my goals for the next few months is to do a better bridge. I want to be able to do a controlled forward/backflip like I used to be able to do.
I am enjoying make goals outside of running to help me focus more on strength and flexibility which I am probably lacking quite badly. I have thankfully always been quite flexible but for me a little more is benefitting as I get quite tight hips from computer use.
Rest but I did do elements today and it was a toughy I can already do a squat better than I could starting this and it is exciting the progress made in such a short time. I decided to not run as I had a league race on Sunday and wanted to be prepared for that fiasco.
5 mile league race. I did not race this as I was still feeling a bit tired. I did push a little but maintained a pace. I think starting further back helped. I did feel pretty awful on this and afterwards. I am thankful that despite my chest still suffering my asthma was pretty well controlled. Glad I did it as I needed to get back into this as my goal race is next Sunday!
Total mileage: 24 miles.
So 2 weeks of not being as productive as I would have liked but these things happen I guess. It has made me slightly stressed about Sunday’s goal race and I may have to target something else instead. We will see how it goes either way.
Hoping to have a better running this week and hoping I will feel like I did before I was ill – super motivated and full of energy!