I just don’t know what to do with myself

Happy Tuesday everyone….. Not sure if people legitimately say that, but I’m working some positivity into my day.


At the moment I’m in a weird place where I’m teetering on the edge of injury. Not to be all dramatic – it’s not that bad. It started off as a twinge in my knee, and in typical ‘I know best, I’m an amateur runner’ style, I ignored it until now when it flares up now even when walking quickly.


So. My plan is to chill out and try to rehab it. But that’s easier said than done! It’s so boring not going running. I’m foam rolling, I’m  stretching, I’m strengthening. We’re almost at the end of both Breaking Bad and Orange is the new Black, which makes all that easier (How good is Orange, and how nasty is Walter White!!). I’d like to try swimming for my cardio too.


I have a 10k trail run this weekend, and a 10k obstacle course next weekend. And I really don’t want to drop out, so until then I’m keeping off the concrete and on the couch. Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad!


Lesson: don’t think you’re too strong for injury just cos you’re good at cross training (which I think I am)! If your twinge starts to get worse, your body is warning you about something……


In other running news, the Tempest Runners met for the third time last night. This is a running group I started at my dance school. Last night we worked on pacing and consistency, and they ran 3*1k with a 2 min  break in between each one. The aim was to maintain consistency in each one, and they succeeded fabulously. Hopefully this will help with the obstacle course in a few weeks!


Gilly has her marathon on the same weekend as I have my obstacle course. I can’t believe how quickly it’s come around!! Here is some help for your taper Gilly, I bet it must be weird to reduce after working so hard for so long. You’ve done brilliantly already – I can’t wait to see what you do on the day.


In non-running news, we had a GORGEOUS weekend up here in the North East! SB and I made the most of it by going to our favourite coffee shop three times (I missed it after our week away), by going for a picnic and by going to the driving range. I feel I’m making some progress with my golf swing: I only completely missed the ball about 30% of the time. 😉



Hope you’re all having a great week!

Please don’t say I am injured already!

I did a long run whilst down in Dunsborough this weekend. Up at 6am but a pal wanted to join me for the first 3km so we didn’t get going until she was ready at 7! Oh well. We got to see the sunrise which was beautiful. And more importantly I could read the directions on my hand. I spent about 20 minutes trying to find the straightest line near the house! It was torrential rain when I got back….beautiful to look at from the balcony. Not so pretty from the hilly roads.


It was meant to be 21km @ Medium Run Pace (MRP) with a 13km shift @ Marathon Pace (MP). I was going to run for 6km at around 5.00 m/km then take it down to 4.48 for 13km and then slow down for the last 2km. Yeah, that didn’t happen. About 5km in I realised I had picked the hilliest road to run along – I was so focused on picking a straight road I wouldn’t get lost on, I never thought about elevation. Importance of Directions > Elevation Stats. If there is a chance to get lost I will. It has become so bad when I run with my group, that if we are unsure they ask which way I think and then we go the opposite! You can see from my splits below it wasn’t as consistent as I would like but I did my best with the hills! That last one killed me! It was so tough.



I got back to the amazing house we were staying in at around 9.05 and the yoga teacher we had booked arrived at 9.15. So it was like a 90 minute stretch out after which I certainly needed. I am next to useless at stretching. I can run for 3 hours but god forbid I take the time to stretch out for 15 minutes after. Hence why I am going to the physio later! Last year when I did my marathon I had to get a cortisone injection 9 days out from the marathon after suffering some knee pain. It turns out stretching, correct shoes and strengthening exercises are good habits. Good habits that I do not indulge in. I have started feeling the beginnings of twinges so I booked an appointment with a physio for this afternoon – want to really start focusing on strengthening my core and legs. Apparently pains in knees are often related to weak muscles in your hips etc…..so if you strengthen those it helps out.


And wearing correct shoes. I went to a podiatrist who is in our run club and he likened the support I get from my current shoes to being as effective as “hessian sacks” and he was “astounded I was still running”. He recommended Lunar Glide and Lunar Free – I like to run in Nikes despite them being the laughing stock of runners. I find them really comfortable, good price and fun colours. Which is obviously the most important criteria. I ordered these last week – pretty tame colours for me to be honest.


Because I have been feeling twinges I decided to step back the training this week and took a break until today. The legs felt good but I got a mild asthma attack! I can’t catch a break. 😉 I have 23km this Saturday so fingers crossed I’ll feel back to normal then.

Catch you soon.

Gilly P