Lockdown haircuts are one thing but getting your mum to step up to be your physio is another. Having been a bit of a pain in the arse over the last few weeks, Mum got to seek revenge and use her elbow to loosen up the muscles around the lower back, glutes and hamstrings. My lower back and pelvis are all locked up, and she was tasked with sorting me out, FYI she trained as a Lawyer not a Physio or a masseuse. It has significantly helped with my range of motion and I was able to get back to running on Thursday. I am still feeling pretty swore but it should ease up with a bit of flatter running, elbow action and keeping the back mobile.
It was good to get back running even if I wasn't moving that well, it will be back to the golf course loop as that seems to be the flattest route around here. Got to join Rory on a golf course loop for his 21st birthday before the beers and lobster which was good crack. On Friday I am not sure which was worse the 50mph wind or Mum's hangover, jokes sorry mum. Dad and I made the call that we would just do a A to B route so that we didn't have to deal with the wind, I know its weak though we did not fancy getting sand whipped into our eyes.
I did a second round off blood tests last week and the results were positive. I did the first round on the 9th March right after the Big Half it showed really low levels of Iron, Haemoglobin & Ferrtin and this has had an affect in how i felt in and out of training. Since then I have been working with Renee McGregor and also stepped away from being Vegetarian. The most recent results showed an improvement in my Iron, Ferritin, and LH values and just in general I have been feeling a hell off a lot better when running or cycling as well as beyond exercise and I have been sleeping a lot better. What has also helped is just getting some fuel in and running later in the day. For the amount I am exercising as well as not really having the time when I am in London to focus on if I am getting enough nutrients/iron you can quite easily become deficient if you are training twice a day and lead a vegetarian lifestyle. There are a few other blood markers that I need to get in balance but it is a process and will get there.
This past week saw me come out of cycling retirement. I think cycling in London / Richmond Park has lead to my loss of interest in spending more than an hour on the bike. I have forgotten how much a loved getting out on the bike and just the sheer benefit of doing aerobic exercise for 2hr and not feel totally smashed to pieces like after a 2hr run. I hope to pick up my road bike next week and Tom and I are going to start incorporating it into my training scheduled over this period.
Nothing ground breaking coming up this week. I hope to start building back up the running mileage and keeping on top of this lower back and hip issue but also get a couple rides in.
What this week looked like: Thursday: 6.2miles @ 7:30/mi Friday: 6.2miles @ 7:32/m Saturday: 7.2miles @ 7:15/m Sunday: AM: 30mile bike 1:45 PM: 4mile @ 7:30 Total: 19.6miles + 30mile bike
Weekly Cool Down #1 07.01.20 A week in Chamonix really takes a lot out of the body trying to fit in the running on top of the skiing meant that I went into this past week with tired legs and a couple niggles specifically in my hamstring and right ankle. Robert, kindly squeezed me in on the Monday to help work out the niggles and flush out the legs ahead of Wednesday. Wrap Up Monday: AM: 8miles @ 7:07/m - massage session /PM: 60min cycle Tuesday: AM: 6miles @ 7:07/m / PM: 6miles @ 6:54/m - This was a different approach to telford so really took it easy on these runs but inluded some drills in the PM Wednesday: AM:1.4m WU - Serpentine NYT Race - 31:51 / PM: 5miles @ 7:15/m Thursday: AM: 12miles @ 6:52/m / Gym session - included kettlebell and plyometric drills Friday:AM: 8miles @ 6:52/m / PM: 6.3miles @ 6:00/m Saturday: AM: 10min Tempo (5:09/m) - 10* 60”hills - 5*250m (avg. 4:40/m-45”) - this was a tough session but a great one to put in the bank. 10.8miles @ 6:24/m / PM: 5miles @ 7:07/m Sun…
Weekly Cool Down
10.06.20 Hanging onto Dad's wheel down to into Crail Weekly Cool Down - #22
I hope you are all well. Sorry for the delay, I ended up loosing a lot of content yesterday morning that did not save. Very frustrating!
Training took a positive step forward this week. It is nice having the goal to build back to full fitness when there is no rush to get back racing, as I am sure at this time with no races on the cards it’s hard to keep your motivation up if you are in the best shape possible and it’s even harder to maintain it at that level.I have enjoyed just keeping the training relaxed but I am defiantly missing racing and the social scene that goes with it, especially at this time of the year when those Sri Chimony Monday Night 5k start to kickoff.
As I have been steadily increasing my mileage over the last three weeks I have started using a new piece of tech called the Stryd Power Meter. From what I can make out this is the only device out there tha…
Weekly Cool Down 05.05.20
Another one of Dumbarnie Links - 10*150m (running the bend) Weekly Cool Down - #17
I hope you are keeping well and not too stir crazy. All is alright on this side of the screen, I throw myself at training last week and ticked off two sessions that I was happy with and then kept the running easy for the remainder of the week, even though my HR would say otherwise, I think the battery needs a swap out.
This week I tried a session that I have never done before and on paper it looked rather light and easy but I was blooming knackered after it. Having joined the athletics scene later in life via triathlon I feel I have missed out on the traditional route most athletes take when stepping into longer distance stuff. It is obvious that there is a focus on short faster sessions in youth athletics, and I never really had a shot at focusing on this, not that I ever really had a strong 100m or 200m time but I have missed out on working on that max spee…