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The inevitable ill   Leave a comment

After doing far too much last week it was inevitable that I’d make myself ill. Though on the plus side it means I don’t have to write as much this week.

It all started as normal with bodypump on Monday morning. This was the last one with Rick, who has just been covering for the last month or so. However, good news! Such is his greatness he will have two of his own classes starting in September. So only one week to get through Rickless. (I’ll go to the Tuesday evening class next week as I know that instructor is acceptable.)

In the evening was (husky-free) track. The session was… deep breath… 3 x 900 with the last 100, 300 and 500 fast, then the same again within 700s and then 500s. I liked this session as the overall distances got shorter even though the fast bits stayed the same and the easier bits got shorter. Another pleasing track session.

Tuesday was a rest day as scheduled.

On Wednesday morning I opted for a long run over the recent track outings. My achilles isn’t happy with too much fast stuff and Wednesday is fast. So instead I did a solid 11 miles, looping on the seafront to avoid long stretches with/against the wind. I was surprised with my average pace. The long runs are paying off as it was easy enough to 8.30mm. In the evening I was supposed to be going to vibe express but just as I was putting my kit on I was struck by the immediate and unmistakable loss of vision in the bottom right of my right eye (actually my brain but that’s where it manifests itself) that means migraine. Straight off with the half kit I’d put on, into pyjamas and straight to bed. After the obligatory half an hour of not being able to see the spin kicked in. Thankfully the headache only reached approx 7/10 and I wasn’t sick but the cost was that it went on for flipping ever. Even when I finally fell asleep it was still going on as when I woke up in the morning it was still there, though the pain had subsided somewhat. No Tom’s track 5000 for me. For once I was actually looking forward to a race and felt like my training had been going quite well. Harrumph. I could do nothing as I was too dizzy and queasy so an enforced, and unpleasant, rest day. On Friday I still felt wrong so I couldn’t do anything then either.

Thankfully by Saturday I felt ok again so decided to make up for lost time with another long run whilst the weather was looking ok (the Sunday forecast didn’t bode well). The unplanned rest was obviously good for me (we all know this of course) and I breezed through another 11 miles in an even quicker average pace! A totally unexpected 8.17mm. Of course the fact that resting means I can run better will fall by the wayside and I’ll no doubt do too much again next week and pay the price by being too tired to do key runs properly.

29 miles for the week. Neatly encapsulated in three days.

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Posted 26/08/2018 by Isobel Muir in Running

STOP DOING TOO MUCH!   Leave a comment

Not least because it means I have to type too much. However I have come up with a brilliant solution:

As I’ve only sworn once in this blog I’ve censored using virtual tippex

With the added bonus of you getting to see the behind the scenes backbone of this blog. I shall now expand on a few of the sessions that warrant it.

Monday was the penultimate pump with Rick. He has been my favourite and now I’ll have to change my routine and pump with someone not as good. Boo. In the evening it was off to track as usual. Before the session started there was a moment of terror when a wolf/husky emerged from the woods opposite and strolled casually across the track, up the stairs I was standing on, and onwards up the fire escape steps to the gym roof.

Like this with piercing blue eyes

Thankfully it seemed quite old and very docile. By the time the session started it had disappeared back from whence it came. I don’t know if it was because of this but this was the best session I’ve done for years! I accidentally did a 100 jog instead of a 30s recovery on the last set so ended up 100 metres further on which caused momentary confusion.

I went to the evening Express Vibe (half an hour rather than 45 minutes) on Wednesday as it was the Adur Challenge on Thursday and it’s impossible to run after spin. I managed to kill myself off as much as ever even in only half an hour.

I meant to do an easy run on Thursday morning but it was too windy and wet so I didn’t. Then it was time for the Adur Challenge. The weather had cleared up kindly so very pleasant for running. This race is an Arena only handicap of 6 miles. Tara is in charge of the handicapping. No one knows their start time or handicap in advance. I was watchless and just wanted to run properly. I did! I guessed I’d do about 45 minutes (as it’s only 6 miles not 10k). I later discovered Tara had predicted my time as 45 minutes and I ran 45.15. Skillz.

Thanks to Trevor, Danny and Colin for the photos

I tried to do a long run on Friday but was too knackered.

Saturday was too windy and I was absolutely ruined from Monday and Thursday so parkrun became a tempo with the wind behind with a slogjog into the wind.

Today (Sunday) it was also stupidly windy but I went out nonetheless with Danny (and Mike). I thought I’d be truly awful but running into the wind isn’t so hard with company and I managed 10 miles. Danny continued on for 14 miles but I think that would have killed me.

37 miles for the week.

Next week I MUST do less. I’ve pencilled in two days rest so let’s see if I can stick to it this time.

Posted 19/08/2018 by Isobel Muir in Running

I did more exercise   Leave a comment

Gordon Bennett (he lived at the end of my road when I was a child), why do I do so much as it means I have to type so much (one fingered).

Monday morning, bodypump as usual. I still can’t kneel on my right knee nor (oh, a police car!) lean on my right elbow so I had to adjust a few things but there were a lot of chest, pecs and bicep exercises which remain unaffected. The fire alarm was going off but we couldn’t hear it (one of the traditional philosophical questions modernised).

In the evening I went to track and tweaked the session slightly to 6 x 1k (200 jog, 300 fast, 100 walk, 400 fast). It was ok.

I was somewhat destroyed on Tuesday so did a very very slow 7 in preparation for Wednesday.

Which was a track session specifically tailored by Paul for Paul in readiness for his world age group 800. 2 x 300, 400, 2 x 200. Rob was there too. I couldn’t keep with either of them but tried to stay strong and concentrate on my form. I asked Rob to take a photo for me to use on here and it’s the worst photo ever. He may be a good running partner but I shall never ask him to take a photo again.

I refuse to believe I am this flat, fat and wide in real life

This is supposed to be a gif of me morphing into Chris Packham but I don’t suppose it works here

In the evening I went out for another run. 5 miles as fast/slow as I wanted.

On Thursday it was back to a proper vibe cycle class with Bryan. The class was quite full and solely populated by fit people. Because Bryan’s class is the BEST.

I rested on Friday.

On Saturday I decided to run to Hove prom for parkrun but alas I had a massive stomach ache when I tried to run fast (a too green banana too close to the start I think). However it was a solid 7 miles altogether and as I ran back with Timmy (and pushchair) I probably did the last 2 miles faster than I would have on my own.

This morning (Sunday) I dragged a poor, hungover, Danny, Trevor, Mark and Mike over here for a flat seafront run. It was quite pleasant (maybe not so much for Danny) and, yet again, I didn’t fall over. 8.30 pace for 10 miles is feeling doable again. I got a massive stitch on the way back so Trevor felt he couldn’t talk any more but I don’t mind him talking I just couldn’t answer.

Looking good post-run

36 miles for the week.

Posted 12/08/2018 by Isobel Muir in Running

Still at it   1 comment

Jeez why have I done so much? Nobody can be bothered to type that much.

Monday began with pump again. Nothing much to report. I still can’t kneel but most things were doable. I got to track very early and ended up doing a two mile warm up which then meant I couldn’t finish the proper session. I have about 5 miles of track in me at any given time and I used too much up in the warm up this week. However I was pleased with the 6 x 800 (various paces within each 800) I did do as I felt strong and consistent throughout.

On Tuesday I went for an LSR but it was too windy so I only managed 9.2 miles. Better than the proverbial though.

It was back to track (Winehouse style) on Wednesday morning for a speed session. It was designed for Paul who is training for masters 800 but as this meant short reps I was happy to be involved. Rob was also there. A merry trio indeed. We started with a 200, 300, 400, 300, 200 pyramid followed by three times progressive 400s. I was quite a way behind Paul (Rob was invisible he was so far ahead) but from the times we were running (Paul had target times which he was near enough hitting) I was still acceptably fast (for now). In the evening I did the Highdown Hike. They’d changed the route since I last did it (maybe 7 years ago). We arrived at the start with minutes to spare and I started too far back so was forced to walk almost immediately as it’s so narrow you can only go at the speed of those ahead. Then we fully stopped at a narrow gap. Then everyone was walking up the hills so even though I was running I couldn’t go as fast as I wish. The fact that Strava removed 40 seconds of standing still when I uploaded it says it all. I put in a good finish as I hadn’t really been able to use much energy up ’til then.

I rested on Thursday.

Friday was another easy run. No killer breeze this time so a nice almost-7 in the sunshine. Around 8.30 minute miles which is promising as I couldn’t do anything long at more than 9.30 pace a few weeks ago.

I cycled over to Worthing on Saturday. I felt good in my run but it turned out to be much slower than I thought. Oh well. The effort was there.

Today (Sunday) I went out with Danny and his merry band of Sunday easy runners. I felt so much better than the last one of these I did. I even stayed upright! Today’s run was a nice, mainly flat, 10 mile route along the riverside, a loop of Steyning then back to the towpath. Very pleasant.

Happy runners after a successful run

42 miles for the week. Splendid.

Posted 05/08/2018 by Isobel Muir in Running

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