When the plan doesn’t go to plan

I’m cross.  I’m angry.  With me, with my body.  The sensible part of my brain tells me that I shouldn’t be, and this is just one of those things but the part of me that likes to follow a plan – and complete everything on that plan – just won’t let go!

After my lovely DOMS experience I had a couple of fairly steady runs – 4 miles on my own and then parkrun with a visiting friend on Saturday.  No problems at all.

Easter Sunday.  Seemed like a perfect day to fit in a long run.  It was windy but sunny so off we headed.  I wanted 11 miles so the plan was to do 5 miles with the dogs, drop them off at home and then head out for a further 6 miles.  I will admit to snapping at my OH when he suggested we carry on for longer with the dogs before turning for home (and still do the 6 miles afterwards), but at this point I was already struggling.

It started with some tightness in the front of my hip, which then spread to include the front of my thigh and resulted in pain above and to the outside of my knee.  I was hoping that as I warmed up it would ease off, but I wasn’t to be that lucky.  At about the 5 mile point I started to get shooting pains (a bit like sciatica) and stopped to try and stretch it out.  Determined (did someone say stubborn??!) I set off again, but didn’t get very many metres before the pain stopped me in my tracks.  I ended up walking the half a mile home and spent the next half hour feeling very sorry for myself whilst icing my leg.

I have tried to help myself by doing some yoga yesterday and today I just feel quite tight on that leg however there doesn’t seem to be any pain.  But – I don’t know what to do now!!

I will be ringing the physio tomorrow to book in for a sports massage and will see what he says.  But do I run before I see him?  Should I rest?

As you can maybe tell, this is new territory for me!

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Ow ow ow – DOMS !!!

Ok, so I mentioned in my last post about wanting to have a short strength routine to get into the habit of doing regularly.

Hence yesterday morning, I was up nice and early to do 20 minutes of yoga, followed by a 30 min dog walk which I decided to follow with this new strength routine……

  • 10 x narrow squats
  • 10 x bicep curls
  • 10 x wide squats
  • 10 x bicep curl with shoulder press
  • 10 x lunge
  • 10 x tricep lift

2 sets of the above, all with a 2lb weight in each hand

DOMS

It really didn’t take very long and I felt fine.

However.  Tuesday night is club run, and last night took us to Scarborough on an ‘away run’.  Half way through I could feel that my thighs were a little sore.  That’s OK I thought, to be expected.

This morning’s yoga session was interesting…..

My OH said if anyone could over hear they would wonder what was going on…..

I may have groaned, and oooohhhed a few times.

The front of my thighs and my inner thighs are certainly feeling it and a day sat at my desk has done nothing to help.  I really hoped today’s half hour dog walk would loosen them up, and it maybe did, but only a tiny bit !

I am planning a run in the morning and then to repeat the strength session again – but will have to see just how sore I still am.   The other half has just told me that he has paid for me to have a sports massage – I will look forward to that!

But I’ve learnt that I REALLY need to do this regularly – to be this sore shows just how much I need to work on my muscle strength.

Any tips on dealing with DOMS ??!!

Another week done

Urrggghhh !!!  Still not clear of the lurgy.  Thought I was Ok after last weekend, but Tuesday’s club run – 5.5 miles at a very steady pace, seemed to knock me again and after a shower I went straight to bed – couldn’t face anything to eat or drink so I missed my evening meal.  Luckily I’d had a fairly good lunch but not the best way to recover from a run!

Onwards and upwards – a steady week was planned, just over three miles on Thursday, parkrun Saturday but tail runner so walk / run and usual Sunday long run.    The long run was fairly hard work and I didn’t end up with as many miles as I would have ideally liked – lesson learnt:  don’t  make it up as you go a long, I need to decide before I sent off how far I’m going to run.  I really had to just accept it though – OH was complaining of pain before we’d even done two miles – so we ran back towards home and then I set off on my own for a few more miles.  This run did not go to plan !  It was a lovely day though, so I did stop to take a pic.

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Nr Foston, East Yorkshire

Something I’ve really been struggling with is my sports bra’s rubbing – they do fit properly so it isn’t that.  One rubs at the front, the other gives me blisters on my back.  This week I resorted to sticking a big compeed plaster on my back to try and give the blisters chance to heal.  Someone on the Run Mummy Run facebook group recommended zinc oxide tape – and I’m pleased to say that the postman has just delivered the roll that I ordered at the weekend.  It may not look great, but I’m prepared to try anything as these blisters really hurt.  I will update when I’ve had chance to try it out and see if it works.

I enjoyed my turn as tail runner at Sewerby parkrun – a great way to get a steady run, take my turn at volunteering and be able to encourage the newbies.  If you haven’t volunteered before, please think about it – it is rewarding to put something back into a great organisation.

I seem to be suffering with a few niggles at the moment: lack of energy; sore knee; achy legs; achy shoulders…….   I’m putting effort into doing yoga more often – the app I use has a great 10 minute class for runners so I have no excuse to not do it.   I also want to devise a 10 – 15 min strength routine to fit in to my day somehow.

PJ day

I know – I missed a week!  I’m afraid that I succumbed to the lurgy that seems to be doing the rounds at the moment.   Last weekend I couldn’t even sit up without feeling very dizzy and nauseous – I spent the day in my PJ’s and I can’t remember the last time I did that!

As a result last weekend I ran parkrun, but then missed a long run on Sunday – I tried walking the dogs on Tuesday, but still didn’t feel right (so missed club night too), Wednesday ended up just being a dog walk too – I finally got out for a short run on Thursday and although it took me a bit to get into it I didn’t feel too bad at all.  It was also lovely to be out in the sunshine!

Saturday aka parkrun day – I’d decided that if I felt well, then I would push myself at parkrun.  Conditions were nearly perfect with just a touch of light wind, and the sunshine coming through.  Our parkrun has a very narrow start which can be difficult on busy weeks – I never used to have the confidence to start anywhere other than at the back (further forward is for proper runners isn’t it?), which means that the first few minutes are always going to be pretty steady.  Over the last year or so I have built up the courage to start mid pack but often still get held up / nearly tripped up so I decided on Saturday that I was going to set off as fast as I could to clear the first few hundred metres as well as possible.  It was a really good start, resulting in a first mile in 7:55 !  I haven’t done it that fast in a long time!!

Unfortunately I couldn’t hold that pace for three miles, but ended up 40 seconds slower than my PB – this is much closer than I have been for a looooonnnnngggg time, so happy me.  So maybe the few days enforced rest had done me good.

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Flying feet coming into parkrun finish !

Sunday morning and typically on the day that I didn’t HAVE to be up, I was awake before 7am, so we decided that we’d get up and force a slice of toast down before setting off on a long run.  Just short of three miles with the dogs, then we dropped them off and set off on a local loop (so much better than out and back).

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The canal at North Frodingham looking rather high!

I’d love to say it was a gorgeous morning, but instead we had fog, fog and more fog.  I’m trying to be good with hydration and fuel, so had on my camelbak (thanks Runner’s World for the subscription freebie!) with a few custard cream biscuits stashed in the pocket.  I think I’m actually getting used to the drinking whilst running lark, and ‘proper’ food seems to be the way to go rather than just sweets.

It total we managed 10 miles – we were both pretty trashed by this point and ended the run to walk the last 5 minutes home in the hope to stretch out our legs.

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7 miles done, 3 to go……  love having company on my long runs

Lessons learnt:

  • Don’t wear the socks that rub your little toes with the seams – blisters hurt
  • Don’t push hard at parkrun the day before a long run – your legs won’t thank you for it

So this week I need to sort through the running socks (and probably buy more….) and sort out the training plan.  Nine weeks to go before half marathon day.

February round up

I love to know what other people are doing training wise – how many miles / how many runs etc (maybe I’m just nosy!), so thought I’d put a quick round up of my month here.

February:

  • Total miles:  79.6 miles
  • Number of runs: 16
  • Races: 1

Compared to last feb that is 3 extra runs and 13 more miles 🙂  This is generally four runs a week – parkrun, evening club run, long run + one morning run distance depending on how much time I have.

How many times a week do you run?

Do you have a target number of miles per week / month or just go with what feels right?