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Sorry for the wordy post..better wordy than nothing right!!?? At least I hope so…
I swear this week I don’t know if I’m coming or going! The work has piled up already, and I’m having THE hardest time trying to sort out schools and nurseries for going in with my trusty laptop to test the children. All these darn rules and regulations – they all seem to think I’ve come to kidnap the children, or at least cause them serious physical or mental harm (fyi – I won’t be doing either). Gah.
Onwards and upwards right?
Well, actually not really 😦 So, last week was a strange one, running wise. I did a Grande Total of 40miles (equal to the toughest week in my novice training plan for the marathon last year) – 2 x 6milers (one of which was broken down into two, 3miles), 1 x 5miler, 2 x 6.5milers, plus 1 day off and a 10mile run on Sunday. I’ve been building up to this mileage for a while now, keeping the old 10% rule in mind – but my runs on Saturday and Sunday (two three milers on Sat, 10miles Sun) were…..hellish, to say the least.
In fact, I almost had to give up completely on Sunday. Why?
Lots n lots of PAIN!
Down the front of my shins….ie, I think I have shin splints.
Which is crap.
- I have brand new running shoes (same as the ones I got professionally fitted)
- I haven’t disobeyed the 10% rule (don’t increase mileage more than 10% week to week)
- I haven’t suddenly upped my pace
- I haven’t stopped eating right
- I’m not dehydrated
- I have rest/easy days
- ….get my drift?
I seem to be following the rules, so why is this happening?? On Saturday, I had to stop – literally – every .3 of a mile to relieve my legs. On Sunday, I desperately wanted to do a long run, so I decided to go for it and arranged to meet my kind hearted mumma at the 6mile point, so if I felt awful, she could drive me home. Sadly, I did feel awful. The pain down the front of my legs was intense! But ONLY when running, and after about .1 or .2 of a mile did it kick in. The second I walked, the pain would go. When I met my mum at mile6, I was only 3miles from home, so I arranged to walk for 2miles (I needed the headspace time!) and then meet her again.
I think mentally, knowing I was going to see her helped, cos I ran walked those 2miles, at about a 12min/mile pace, walking as soon as I felt pain. I got to our meeting point early, so I ran/walked another mile or so, at about a 10.30pace, then I met her and she dropped me off 1/2 mile from home, so i could finish bang on 10miles. I have never, ever EVER not done the mileage I set out to do, hence why i sooo badly wanted to finish!
My total time was 1hr40, averaging a 10min/mile pace – but that time doesn’t include all the stopping to stretch, talk to my mum etc. I was actually out of the house for just over 2hrs.
I’m not really sure where to go from here…
My mum suggested I go see a physio, cos maybe my style of running is at fault and is causing stupid pressure points and so on, each time I hit the ground(after all, the trainer foot people, when I went to get gait analysis for my Brooks, told me I had a really weird gait!) – suuuucks, cos they cost a BOMB!
My other option is to start focusing on doing some more core work, to improve my running style; Runner’s World told me core work is very, very important for runners, and DOES lessen the chance of injury, cos you’re more stable and strong as you run- sooo maybe it’s my (sloppy?) style that is putting my legs out of whack? (holy batman I have a gum craving right now, as I type this…)
The other option is, of course, to stop running. Buuutt, i am really not happy about that – I’m entered for a half marathon in a few weeks, I have a marathon planned later in the year, and to be honest- I NEED my running right now! For stress relief, for a sense of freedom and accomplisment,..running has become so much a part of ME that I would really struggle if I had to stop for weeks on end! Naaa wha’ ah meeen?
The other thing which I learnt from Runner’s World (I love that magazine – seriously though RW, why the big bucks in cost!!? Not fun!) was about symptoms of overtraining.…
Poor performance during training (apparently so, if Sunday was anything to go by)
Persistent muscle soreness (when running – yes)
Altered sleep patterns (YES – I’ve had many 2am cereal snacks recently…)
Reduced appetite (yes – ironic considering what I just typed above :p)
Elevated pules (no idea, I’d love to start keeping track!)
Mood disturbances (yes)
Am I overtraining?
Gah bajeezahs, am I doing too much??! Am I doing the right amount for me? Is my pain an INJURY or just tiredness? Should I see a physio? Should I take a week off from running (do DVDs instead) and see what happens? Should I crawl into a dark hole, slice off my own legs, and re-grow them, alien style?
*UPDATE* (the next day – I write some of my posts in advance)
I watched this video (actually, the first two) about running form and heel striking (I have crap form), posted by (the hilarious and fabulous blog lady!) Marie, on Tuesday night, and decided to try out the running tips on Wednesday. I did 1mile, making sure to flick my heels up and have my wheel behind me (it would make sense if you watched the videos!). I THINk there was less pain, but there was still pain…so I’m not really sure what to do. Time for a physio?
To ease my mental pain on Sunday, my late lunch consisted of one of the best dishes on earth – Oats in a jar. It was the ONLY thing that could even slightly lift my ground level mood….
Spill over on the side :p (it was a mini jar)
Sadly, it wasn’t as spezzal as I remembered it to be! WHY Why!!???? Boooo.
Maybe it was just my mood? Even Stinky Chika outside couldn’t put a smile on my face:
She was a naughty pony – full of spooks and freshness. Blasted horses! Normally she can read my mood like a book, and knows when she need to be angelic, and when she can mess around and I’ll just chuckle. Obvs today, we were a bit out of sync! Alas.
There have been two cheery things of late though!
1) A very belated Christmas present from my mum arrived the other day:
SO many chickpea recipes – riiiight up my street.
YAY! I’ve been wanting this cookbook for SO long, and really, I am tremendously excited now 😀 Cooking passion = reignited! (In fact, as I type, I have some tofu marinating in a modified recipe :D)
2) This stuff, which I picked up on my London trip last Friday:
SO worth the £12 (though my poor, sad bank balance doesn’t think so :'()
Chocolate and balsamic? oh yes.
I used it to marinate some tofu (mixed with extra cocoa powder):
Which was then fried up:
Delish! It was nice to eat something other than cereal and yogurt, or oatmeal…..
(bang on 0.250kg!! And that was just chance! wowzer)
[my step dad’s car died, hence the car adverts, FYI]
Being extra busy means less time for proper cooking 😦 Oooooh well.
Anywayz, this post has been long enough right!? Please please do help me out with any running advice y’all might have..I really need it at the moment! OH – and if anyone British would like to do a food swap with a lovely American girl (who has PEANUT FLOUR) shoot me an email, and I’ll get you in touch 🙂 * someone found! So don’t worry 🙂
Ps – that darn gum craving is STILL here – why why whhyyyy do I have to run out of gum now!?
PPS – the search term (to get to my blog) ‘brit chick, keep on running!!!’ was too cute ;p as was ‘I desperately want to move to the uk’ – eerr why?