Training journal week 2

Last week I cut back on the mileage by about 7km. Mainly I was concerned about my hip, and why I was getting bad stitches when I ran. I’m very wary of overdoing it when I’m just getting back into it. 

Spoiler alert – I’ve decided night running isn’t for me. 

On the running front, I only managed two run sessions and one day of walking. However I did some cross training in the form of two yoga sessions and laps in the pool. All up I had two rest days: one to work out my sleep/running issues, and one because it was so hot I couldn’t move without dying (slight exaggeration). 

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Holy hip pain batman – that massage hurt my butt! (A review of Mooloolaba Massage and Sports Health)

Last week Mario proudly advised that me he was the best husband ever.

“I’ve booked you in for a remedial massage for your hip!”

Probably not the reaction he was hoping for, but I immediately groaned and asked “whyyyyyyyyy? That’s going to hurt like hell!” He insisted I go, and begrudgingly I agreed.

On the weekend I’d noticed there was a bit of hip pain again, and trying yoga didn’t seem to help it too much like it had in the past. I daresay because of the heat, I was so reluctant to do much for fear of sweating. Hence there was quite a lot of couch time this weekend. The more I walked and winced, and as much as I hated to admit it, Mario had been spot on.

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52 in 52: Declutter a closet (aka get rid of the *shit*)

I’m not going to lie, declutter and cleaning out our cupboard was probably my most favourite one on my entire 52 in 52 list. My hubby is notorious for hanging onto things “in case”. I have those moments too, I’ll admit. But once it gets to a certain point I go insane, and I do a throw out.

That point has been approaching for the past 12 months.

Of course I would choose the hottest day in probably the last 12 months, but it needed to be done. I had timing on my side. We’re going to moving into our new house in about a month, which meant we were going to have to deal with this eventually. I pointed out that it would be good to just do the charity bin/rubbish tip runs now, instead of when we’re overwhelmed by the rest of the house move. Finally, he agreed.

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MAF running training: what is it?

If you read my running journal post last week, you may have seen that I made reference to “MAF training”. I thought I would explain a bit more about what that is, and my experiences with it.

I first read about MAF training on one of my favourite blogs, Runs for Cookies. Essentially, it’s a way of training your aerobic system based on your heart rate. The idea is that when you’re exercising, most of us go too hard for “easy runs”, or whatever training session we’re focusing on – we over-train. The MAF system helps to prevent that, while increasing your aerobic base. The goal is that when you’re out for a run, don’t go above your maximum aerobic heart rate.

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Just a vent about myself

I haven’t been sleeping well this week. Each day I’m waking up feeling groggy, and lacking energy. Normally I wake up at 5.30ish and climb out of bed ready to work out. This week it’s been a drag to get out of bed. Today I didn’t get out of bed until 7.30, highly unusual for me. 

I can tell I’ve been struggling by reviewing my training journal. In order to make my move goals each day I’m having to do a workout at night, either a walk or a run. My runs at night don’t go well. I don’t know if it’s because I’m used to running in the morning on an empty stomach, but at night (pre-dinner) I get a stitch. They hurt like hell too! I’ve tried running through them, or taking a walk and then running again. But nope, I can’t get past them.

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And then she sees the world…(52 in 52: get my eyes retested)

In the last few months I’d noticed my eyes starting to feel pretty fatigued by the end of he day. I was already wearing glasses at work, but it got to the point where even using my phone at the couch at night started to hurt.

The thing is, I’m great at procrastination. Hence I thought “this sounds like a great 52 list item”, added a retest to the list, and carried on in my eye-fatiguing way. Then the new year ticked over, and the headaches began. I had run out of excuses.

I went and got checked out last week, and sure enough my eyes had gotten worse. The optometrist agreed that my eyes were fatigued, and that I should look at wearing glasses for most of the day. We ordered a new pair (complete with cool UV lens stuff) and away I went. Thankfully the wait wasn’t too long, and they arrived today.

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Thank you for the survey results

I’m going to stop with the sarcasm here for a minute, and just say a truly heartfelt thank you.

I was blown away by the results of the survey. To be honest, I didn’t actually expect a single response, and was so thrilled when they came pouring in! I genuinely didn’t know why people came to read what I had to say. So many of you took the time to go into detail, which was fantastic. There were so many lovely compliments at the same time (way to make me blush). It was overwhelming in a positive way, so thank you so much for making this motor mouth speechless. Well, for a second anyway.

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