Training Update: 21st to 3rd Feb

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.

So..

Week starting Jan 21st:

MONDAY

No running too ill.

TUESDAY

No running too ill.

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

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.

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

No running. I felt awful again so spent all day testing.

SUNDAY

3.5 mile run. I could not have managed more, no energy whatsoever.

TOTAL: 13 miles

Week starting 28th Jan…

MONDAY

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?

TUESDAY

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.

WEDNESDAY

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

THURSDAY

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.

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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.

SUNDAY

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!

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