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Excellent news, not so excellent news and a lazy training week

Hi,

I found out today that I got into Berlin marathon! WOOOO!! I’ve tried twice before and haven’t been lucky so third time’s the charm. To make it even better, my friend Minna also got a place so Berlin it is in September 2016 πŸ™‚

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I would normally celebrate with a run but the not so good news is that my knee is back to being painful… The training recap from last week involves little running and lazyness.

Here’s how it looked like:

Monday:

-6km run, pace, 5:29

Tuesday:

-Off

Wednesday:

Circuits at home (30min) + abs

Thursday:

Hill repeats x 3, about 5 km run in total (Garmin switched off).

Friday:

Gym, 30 min bike, 15 min cross trainer + legs

Saturday:

Gym, 30 min cross trainer + arms and abs

Sunday:

1 hour walk, 45 min stretching

I went for a run on Monday even though I had run on Sunday. Since April I’ve had injuries and niggles and I haven’t run in 2 consecutive days at all, just to try and keep my legs as injury-free as possible. I really felt like running on Monday night, and I only had mild knee pain towards the end so I thought I’d be fine especially as I knew I wouldn’t run until Thursday. Tuesday was off day, I was just so tired. Wednesday I did some circuits at home, which was quite intense and got my heart rate high. Since my circuits only involved plank directly for abs I added some extra abs afterwards too.

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On Thursday I decided to try hill repeats after a looong break. There’s a nice long hill near me so I did just over a 1km warmup and was planning on doing 5 repeats but I left it so late and was rushing to work so I only managed three. After the third one my garmin switched itself off. That’s never the sight you want to see after your run. I think in total I ran about 5km or just under. I thought that running uphill would be good because it kind of helps with your form because you can’t overstride for instance, and I’ve also noticed my knee doesn’t really hurt uphill. I guess what I forgot was that I also had to run down and that must’ve aggravated my knee because at the end of that run my knee was really sore.

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I went to the gym on Friday and thought my knee would be fine but it mildly hurt even on the bike. On Saturday my plan was to run on the treadmill for half hour ish because it’s a nice softer surface. My knee randomly started hurting at work in the middle of my shift and even walking to the gym it was actually painful. I walked on the treadmill for 5 minutes just to see how it is but it was so sore that I couldn’t run. I was so grumpy and went to the cross trainer instead but was really moody the whole time not really bothered about the workout. SO frustrating. Just when I thought it was getting better it’s back to square one. It’s almost 2 months since my marathon and I’m running out of patience..

This was meant to be a sad face πŸ˜€

On Sunday the weather was horrandeous. It was the stormiest I’ve seen it but I would’ve liked to run in it anyway. Because of my knee I couldn’t and I really didn’t want to walk to the gym to get wet ot blown away on the way so I was lazy all day. In the evening I felt a bit too lazy and since the wind had calmed down I went for an hour walk. Even on that walk I could feel my knee not feeling alright. Came home and stretched for a while and that was that week.

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I could sort of live with the knee pain for a bit if I was still able to walk, bike, and cross train without pain but at the moment even walking and cycling hurts a bit so that’s really getting to me as it’s limiting my options.. But let’s stay positive πŸ™‚

Two photos from Bath Christmas Markets as well. We went there with Maddie yesterday and the only exercise that day involved was lifting the mulled wine cups.. πŸ˜‰

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xx

Pain or not? And what do I do when I’m not running…

Hi again,

If you’ve read my blog or follow me on instagram you might be aware that I’m still struggling with a knee injury. It started in May but because I kept ignoring it the marathon at the beginning of October made it a lot worse. It’s been almost 6 weeks now since the marathon and I’ve gradually built myself up to running about 20 minutes. It’s been the slowest recovery process I’ve ever experienced. Even with the broken ankle once the boot and crutches were off I was almost immediately back to running 20-30 minute runs whereas this time I’ve had to start with little 5 min segments.

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With the last few 20 min runs I’m not sure if they are pain-free either. I don’t know if anyone else gets this but when you’ve been injured for a long time or had an ongoing niggle can you almost feel it on every run? I’m not sure anymore if I have pain or is it just normal sensation on the knee or is it just because I’m so used to the pain that I think it’s still there? Does that make any sense? With my previous ITB injury I had the same thing; when I started back running I could “feel” the ITB on every run, it wasn’t pain but I was very aware of it for a long time. At the moment my knee isn’t hurting in a way that I would need to stop and it’s not uncomfortable but I am not running without noticing it either. Weird. Maybe that’s just me.

Anyhow so what have I been doing to keep some sort of overall fitness and more importantly how have I justified all the chocolate eating in the past 6 weeks?

The answer is gym, swimming and pilates.

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At the gym I’ve mainly focused on just maintaining fitness rather than pushing for improvement. I’ve done a lot of cycling on the bike, hill walking on the treadmill and crosstrainer. Plus this time around I’ve actually tried to do legs, arms and abs as well which I normally tend to ignore. I do find the bikes and crosstrainers quite boring, however, so occasionally I’ve done some intervals like 10*2 min hard with 1 min recovery for instance, just to keep the exercising a bit more exciting and exhausting.

I’ve also been going to pilates. I try to go once a week but it hasn’t happened every week just because.. well life.

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As a new thing I’ve started going swimming. The pool is really far from where I live plus I lost my swimming suit so I haven’t been going before but I do like swimming because of the low impact. I originally went there because I wanted to go aquajogging; my favourite way to crosstrain, but turns out you need to bring your own belt. In Swansea the national pool let you borrow theirs and In Finland you can use theirs as well so I was a bit disappointed. Looks like I’m going to have to invest in one.

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So an example training week for me:

Monday: Gym. Hard effort on cross trainer (plus warmup and cool down), legs & arms.

Tuesday: Hill walking + abs.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Gym. Easy 25 min bike, 20 min crosstrainer, legs & arms.

Friday: Gym. Easy 30 min bike, 30 min walking uphill on the treadmill, abs + back.

Saturday: Off.

Sunday: 2*5 min of running plus walking, total of 7km.

The following week included small attempts of running on Monday, Thursday, and Sunday, swimming on Tuesday and Gym on Saturday.

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I miss this weather already!

As you might notice, the training is quite easy and not as frequent at the moment. I have big plans for next year runningwise but for now I’m focusing on getting my knee better. I have no pressure to be exercising I’m just doing it to keep myself happy and half-fitΒ  (and to be able to continue my chocolate-eating habits).

It’s completely normal to have a chocolate cupboard like this right?

chocolatecupboardP.S. I have to mention that my brother came 15th in his age group of up to 8-year olds in a Chess World Youth Championships in Greece last week! πŸ™‚

(And I don’t even understand the rules of chess).

Life after the marathon?

I’ve discovered there is life after the marathon. Last week I wasn’t sure of this; every plan I made was related to the marathon or only concerned the time before Sunday. Even food I bought was with the frame of mind that “I won’t eat this before the marathon anyway so no point of buying it”. As if I would never eat again after Sunday. Ha. Quite the opposite.Β  I don’t know if anyone else gets like this but I just get so focused on an important event and forget that life goes on after that as well.Β  (Life hasΒ  moved on but my legs still remind me that I’ve run a marathon everytime I take the stairs!)

Anyhow what are my plans now after the marathon has been done?

School wise I really need to get my ass in gear and focus on my dissertation. Also, I’m a maid of honour for my sister’s wedding this December (which is super exciting!!!) and that involves some planning and bits and bobs I need to sort out before.

But what are my plans for running?

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Before the marathon I was struggling with a serious knee pain and very unsure if I could run the marathon at all. I made a deal with my body then that if it will let me run the marathon without any major knee pain, I will let it rest from running for 2 weeks or a month. (I think I promised month but I have modified it to 2-3 weeks now :D). I really don’t want to not run, however, my body did let me run the marathon and I don’t want to let down my promise of giving it a rest.

I’ve been extremely injury prone for the last few years but I tend to ignore injuries and run through them as much as I can. This knee pain has been a problem since May so I think it’s time for me to take it seriously and actually rest and recover properly. I am also going to the physio next week to get it diagnosed as it has been extremely painful today and I think it’s time to get professional advice on it.

Any races planned? Yes and no. I wrote down a 10k race and a half marathon for November couple of months ago but I really don’t think that is wise. Chester marathon was the main aim, and although I would like to get a half marathon pb for this year there will be plenty more races next year and I think I can live with “just” a marathon pb until then. The smartest thing I can do is not rush into running but heal my knee and every niggle before I go back.

It’s hard when the Autumn weather is designed for running though.

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The plan is to focus on strengthening my body and make it injury-proof (if that’s possible). I’ll be going to the gym for some cardio to keep up fitness but also use the equipment to strengthen my body overall. I’ve been neglecting ab workouts and upper body workouts (can probably tell from my puny arms :D) when in marathon training so I’ll change the focus now to maintain the strenghtening exercises for legs plus add abs and upper body in now that I have more time.

I’ll probably still continue going to pilates because it makes me happy (and I tell myself it helps with injuries). I might look into yoga classes as well and see if I get hooked into that. Also, more stretching. Definitely more stretching. I’m actually planning on setting myself a very challenging goal related to stretching but I’ll tell you more about that next time πŸ™‚

Happy exercising to you all!