Wednesday, 30 April 2008

Slow Recovery

Woke up and did 10 mins ' rolling' my ITB Band. Very painful but I've been told it is the thing to do. It's not attractive; lying on the floor, thigh balanced precariously on a bit of plastic piping, deliberately inflicting pain on myself. The look on my 10 year olds face as he walked past the door said it all. Still if it works I will do it.

Having packed the kids off to school I zipped down to Clober to meet up with Robert for 3m recovery run. I love recovery days! There is something really good about knowing you have earned an easy run, you can still feel the previous days session in your legs, and the slower the better!

I took Daisy my 5 year old cairn terrier as she can easily manage the distance and is a great running companion.

We ambled along the West Highland Way out 'n' back. Fresh and ready to get on with all the other stuff on todays to-do list!


Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Tues night kids 'n' reps

I was going to do a hare and hounds with the kids at the the club tonight, but half an hour beforehand the heavens opened and there was an almighty thunderstorm. We ended up doing a 3 mile route well away from the freshly watered mud!

It was a nice easy chatty pace and a good opportunity to tell them all about the club race we are having next week...having failed to get a good turn out at many races through the winter (despite having +60 turn up each week) we are trying one on their training night. They all seem quite up for it and quite keen to race in teams with the adults. (Another ploy which will hopefully enthuse both groups!)

I met Robert for a reps session afterwards down at Kilmardinny Loch. We did 4x1000m. I was glad I had arranged to meet him as I'm not sure I would have managed to drag myself out otherwise.

I find the reps really tough mentally, it only seems to take about 500 metres before that little lazy demon starts on whispering in the back of my mind 'you're nuts, you don't have to do this, you could just stop and jog, this hurts!'. I guess that's what they're all about!

The first one was a bit too fast-as in can't breathe or talk for 5 minutes fast, so slowed the pace a little for the next 3 just to be sure I would finish them! Felt great once they were in the bag though and I always enjoy my dinner twice as much afterwards;-)

kids 3 mile :33.34mins
1000 splits :4:07, 4:13, 4:15, 4:15.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Blank box!

Well here I am. My first blog entry. Where do I start? I keep looking at this little blank box and as if in sympathy my mind goes blank too!

Instead of 'start at the beginning, go to the end, then stop' (which was way back in 2004) I will just start with today!

I am just back from a 3 mile recovery, completed in 27 mins.
Legs were tired but it was a good head clearing run, much needed fresh air and I managed to dodge the heavy hail that has been pouring out of the sky at various intervals throughout the day.

The lead up to todays run was about 3 times as long as the run itself. I made the mistake of checking my emails. This sparked a chain of clicks which led me to my friend Debs blog, where I got totally lost in her engaging chat. It was great to read the ups and downs of her training. And not least the brilliant times she's now enjoying.

So here I am ready to share mine!