The weeks certainly seem to be flying by at the moment!
Today was a much needed rest day- I was not stiff but my legs did feel tired today. I did some foam rolling last night, and hada gentle walk today (although in the wind it was still hard work!).
The day started with some porridge in a jar! Using small jars of peanut butter has it’s advantages- they run out sooner!
(I had to leave some in the bowl as it would not all fit in the little jar!)- I added some carob powder to the bottom of the jar and then mixed it in- topped it with some cinnamon- yummy 🙂
I cannot think what the carob reminded me of (carob topped 9 bars/ seed stacked bars?)- I like the flavour but it is slightly different to cocoa powder. A nice change anyway.
I also unpacked my shopping from yesterday!
Holland and Barret were having another “buy one get one half price” sale, so I stocked up on PB. I love the meridian stuff (as it is 100% peanuts- no oil, salt or sugar)- once crunchy and one smooth for variety! I also got some mollasses (although later I found out that it was not black strap which has the most iron, grrr) and some blackcurrant fruit spread. In the health food shop I found date syrup (I was looking for rice syrup which I got last time and have used it all, but they didn’t have any), the carob powder and some scrummy orange chocolate.
So here is the weekly review;
Monday I did a 6 mile run with some intervals in the middle- these went ok but I think they tired me out for the week! Aerobics was busy on Tuesday, and on Wednesday I was very tired after such a busy day at work, and so my planned 6 mile was cut down, in the end to 5 miles so not cut down too much. Thursday in body pump I managed heavier weights for a bit longer during the back track, and on Saturday I managed the 12 miles just fine, even with the wind. In fact I think I may have gone too fast. I totalled 23 miles this week, my most so far (and I got onto blue level on Nike+ which means 1000km since May!). I do weigh myself each week, and although at the moment I am focusing on maintaining, I did lose 1lb this week, which may also explain why I was more tired than usual. (I am in the mid range for my height so losing some will not hurt but I did know this week that I probably was not eating enough and so I want to keep an eye on that as often after a longer run I lose my appetite and I want to have enough protein, carbs etc to recover properly from the training). On the whole I feel positive about this week- I know I was annoyed on Wednesday for not completing the allotted mileage, but that is me and my obsession with ticking things on lists! I know in the long run it won’t make any difference. I am pleased with how the 12 miles went, as again it is the furthest since my half marathon (in the summer I think my furthest training run was 11.5 miles or something) so I am pleased I managed it without totally wearing myself out.
The next 2 weeks are going to be hard, as I have a couple of late staff meetings and parents meetings on different days, so my routine will not be the same as normal. I have planned when I am going running, to fit around work but it is not ideal. Fingers crossed I will manage it.
Hope everyone else had a good week/ weekend 🙂
PS I have also added a page; my race calendar to show how I moved from my 5k race for life to my races now. It was quite satisfying to see how far I have come 🙂