Feel as if I’ve turned a mental corner this week, as I realised I’m only 6km off my longest training run – yippee To prevent ‘over training’ the majority of programs I found stick to 35km for the longest run. Perfect and taking it week by week.
This week was a bit light on the kms, with only 2 runs instead of 3, as had other work & life commitments this week. So I’m remaining flexible in the process.
Monday was a total recovery day after Sunday’s long run. I’m very mindful of energy dips during the day, and eating accordingly as well as more sleep on Sunday & Monday nights to recover. Monday morning was a quick visit to the gym to use the Vibrogym, a vibratory massage on my legs to help prevent ‘delayed onset muscle soreness’. It worked a treat and my legs felt brand new. Highly recommended.
Run 1 – Tuesday morning, 9km with 5 x 1km sprints. Mentally I found it easy to break the reps down, and just power through. I’ve come a long way for sprints, as this was one of my biggest challenges when I started running. Happy feet are back
Wednesday night I made up a couple of batches of some energy balls – blissful, totally kept me off the chocolate during the day.
I was actually glad of the break this week, and felt fresh going into Sunday’s long run. Back to nature on the Bellarine Trail, one of my favourite places to run. I feel so rejuvenated running in nature, and today I was blessed with great weather, scenery, rabbits, sheep, horses, cows and lorikeets.
I was aiming for 30-32km and as this route didn’t have water fountains, I carried an additional GU gel and a 330ml water bottle. I was going out and back from Drysdale towards Queenscliff, so placed my water bottle at 10km mark, ready for the return trip. This worked well and I was grateful of the additional water & energy boost.
My Garmin watch didn’t charge up properly overnight, so consequently had a flat battery at around 12km, and had to ‘guesstimate’ what I thought would be 15km for the turnaround point. I ended up running 29km total, and even though short of my original total, I was happy with my effort.
Continuing to ‘show up’ week after week, increasing the distance, stretching outside my comfort zone and still enjoying the run. This week I’ll be watching my recovery and food intake a bit more closely so I don’t get energy dips.
Until next time – Happy Running