Week 1 – Back in Action

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Monday – Rest Day

I’m going to try and not moan about how ill I’ve been/still am, but this is really starting to suck. Don’t get me wrong, it’s meant I’ve refreshed my appreciation of running somewhat, but I really need to get some miles in for the sake of my emotional health.

Tuesday – 2 miles and Stretching 

I felt much more myself today, so I got in some miles. It’s baby steps but at least it’s something. After yesterday I really needed this, although I did have a lot of anxiety about getting back to running as I’d never been ill and off running for this long (what if I wasn’t ready, what if I couldn’t breathe mid-run, what if I died?!).

I’ve been focussing on keeping a healthy and varied diet recently. BUT I hate cooking. From planning a varied diet, to going to the supermarket, and then actually having to cook, it’s a no from me. So I ordered a recipe box on Sunday and cooked my second recipe today. It’s really made a difference to my week. Anything that takes off any mental load is more than welcome in my life. Less things to think about = more focus and less stress for training.

Wednesday – Rest Day

I slept like a baby last night, the first time in weeks I actually had a good night’s sleep.  I woke up in such a good mood and so appreciative of yesterday’s short run. I was worried that I’d gone back to running too soon and was going to make myself more ill, but I still felt good. Itching for more now.

Thursday – 2 Miles

I spent 2 hours lying on my sofa after work contemplating how tired I was,  and trying to prepare myself to get up and run. I did eventually get up and get my miles done, but I have never felt so unfit in my life. It’s fine, who even needs to be able to breathe properly when they’re running?!

Friday – Rest Day

My coaches gave me the option of getting some paced 3 miles in, but I was travelling a fair way for work so there was no way I was going to have the energy. Commuting 3 hours (100+ miles) each way today just meant it wasn’t realistic to fit in a run as well, I barely had the energy to make dinner!

Saturday – 4 miles and some core work

I ran with my lovely human camel (Dan my fiancé, but for the purposes of running he will always be referred to as the human camel) today. It made such a nice change to running solo.

Core strength only took 15 minutes or so, perfect for a lazy Saturday.

I watched some of the XC on tele and saw some girls I used to run with make the top 8. I was so pleased for them, but it was really hard to see people I used to run with reach so much success while I got left behind. Give me a few years to make up the training and it won’t be difficult to watch anymore. For now I just have to be patient and keep chugging away.

Sunday – 6 miles and some stretching

Another run with Human Camel. So nice to have company two days in a row. I’m already looking ahead to next week and getting my mind geared up for intervals on Tuesday. I feel like with long and/or hard runs I have to put in a few days of mental preparation so I’m prepared for what’s coming.

Looking back, this week hasn’t been particularly exciting (especially not to write about) so thanks for sticking with me while I’m waiting to get back to normal!

 

So that’s it for this week, 14 miles in total. It wasn’t a typical week in terms of my training but I’m so pleased to be back on track. Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back next week with another update.

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