Frustratingly from a running perspective, but happily overall, running took a slight back seat this week in terms of the sessions I could manage. This week was Dani’s birthday week and there were activities planned, by me, that would impact my running.
The week started okay with the Tuesday session getting done after work, even though I was slightly reluctant. Turned out to be a good run but on this run it decided to start raining hard after about 5 minutes so by the time I got back I was drenched! A nice challenge to overcome and I always feel better for getting sessions done in rubbish weather, it’s a greater feeling of accomplishment.
I had a massage booked for Thursday to try and stay on top of my muscular issues. By this point I had really noticed my quads being tight which I feel is down to hill cycling. Managed to get these worked, a bit on my hamstrings and calves and then followed with some real pain as tackled the front of my shin. He really found some spots on the tibialis anterior.
From this point my training dipped. I never really know whether to do anything after a massage. I’ve just paid to have my muscles relaxed so why would I stress them out. On Friday I had to leave work and head straight to Dani’s mum which meant time sat driving in car and when we arrived it was time for dinner. I probably should have gone for a run then but chose not too.
Saturday was always going to be tricky but I hoped there would be a brief window in the mid afternoon. I didn’t want to get up extra early to run after being quite tired all week and the 7am wake up was going to be early enough to take dani for her birthday treat. We ended up being out longer than planned which meant we only got back to Bristol as our guests arrived so I could not really nip out for a run then. Also, with the guests staying over I didn’t want to be anti social and go out for a run and miss seeing them in the morning before they left.
I did manage to get out for a run on Sunday but it was about 4 pm and was not with the best preparation. I had a good breakfast but my lunch was a cream tea! It was delicious though! I digested this for an hour or so before running and was not feeling too optimistic. Still, I got out and had 20 miles as my target. It actually went much better than planned. I decided to keep it slower than target pace. This was so I did not burn out and because I had not prepared brilliantly. Apart from a couple of slow miles fiddling with ear phones and taking on water, I was quite pleased with my pacing but not happy with how i burnt out around mile 15/16.
After the ice bath I sat down feeling really cold and realised how weird it feels to do such a long run on a Sunday evening. I think I prefer the early morning.
Things I will take away from this week:
- I still need to keep doing some sort of foam rolling occasionally
- Sometimes it is fun to run in the rain and not as bad as you might expect
- Long runs on Sunday afternoon are weird
- Cream tea is not a great pre run meal
- It is hard to know exactly where my form is