This week is a London week. It’s 10C warmer here than Durham, which is awesome, but my work project meant that I was hardly outside. This is what I have discovered this week:
Big work project + Staying away from home + Not as much running opportunity = PANIC!
I have woken up every morning at 6am in a panic because of the amount of running I’m not doing. And I never naturally wake up before….. let’s say 8.30am. That seems acceptable.
But this week, I have lept out of bed in terror that I’m not getting the mileage and the speed work done. On Wednesday I went to the hotel gym and tried to do some hill reps on the treadmill, but it was hard!! Running and trying to get the right incline requires more coordination than I have apparently. So I gave up (ashamed) and did some squats, lunges and stretches.
The next morning, I lept out of bed and did what I should have done the day before: hit the pavements. London is an awesome city to run in, especially at 6am when there’s nowt but you and other runners around. London had dangerously high pollution levels this week, and the city was cloaked in a haze. The lack of other people (apart from runners) plus the haze made it feel like I was in an armageddon movie. This was pretty exciting for a Thursday morning, let me tell you.
However – I didn’t clock anywhere near my goal mileage this week. So that’s a bummer. And I have a flexibility workshop on Sunday, where my splits will be resurrected and we’ll see how much the running has impacted them!
I know that this week couldn’t be helped, and to be honest, it was so nice to run along the Thames again and see all the classic sights. To make myself feel better, I did some research on what happens if you miss your training. And the news was not bad at all:
- If you need to miss a training session or two, try to make sure that the ones you do fit in are the hard ones
- Don’t try to overcompensate for missed training sessions as stressing your body like that that can lead to injuries
- Your aerobic threshold doesn’t decrease significantly during the first 10 days of inactivity
- The most dramatic reduction in general fitness occurs within 10-28 days of not training: either side of that, the reduction isn’t as great
So there’s plenty of time to rest up, or focus on important things other than training in that initial window of time. And no doubt my 18-miler tomorrow will give me the ass-kicking I missed this week! And at the end of the day, it’s awesome to be able to get out there and run at all – particularly in a city like London.
In other news, this happened this week:
Yep. Kermit is my new nickname – thanks colleagues. Not sure how that happened really. It’s not like we’re really similar is it…?
Happy Weekend everyone!