Training – 1/05/17 – 7/05/17

This week started with a holiday and was full of pretty spectacular summer weather. It was also the start of a new month and marked nine weeks until I head off on holiday so it was with a fresh set of motivation pants on that I faced this week.

Monday 1st May

Today was a holiday which meant I could run during the day and still be home in time to do normal people things like relax, watch TV and eat dinner not at 9pm (although most of these things didn’t happen as I got stuck in about the garden when I got back). Today I ran 10k through the trails. It was the first really warm day of running that I’ve had since last summer, so it felt great, but also took some getting used to!

As you can see, I started out too fast and this hindered me in the rest of the run. Also, this shows only 5.2 miles because I hit the wrong button on my watch and started the first mile as a cycle…😐 anyway, my total time was around 52 mins and I was quite happy with this given that I ran on the trails the full way; a change I am still getting used to.
Tuesday 2nd May

Back to work today and back to focusing on my nutrition – spinach, bacon, eggs and tomatoes for breakfast, smoothie and yogurt for lunch and chilli burrito for dinner. I had snacks too throughout the day and when I got back from bootcamp tonight. Found that I had a headache by about half seven but putting this down to having less carbs than usual! Tonight’s training was bootcamp at the gym and it was a great session. Quite a bit of running involved with different stops around Auchinleck to do body conditioning exercises. Really enjoyed it.

Wednesday 3rd May


Headed to the track tonight to do some intervals. Decided to do 10 one minute intervals with one minute recovery and found it surprisingly enjoyable. Usually I am not a fan of intervals and can find it hard to push myself if I am on my own. Ran a total of three miles including to and from the track and was chuffed with a best pace at one point of 5:14/mile. Assuming that happened for literally a milli second, but at least it is there 😝

Thursday 4th May

Thursday is my usual PT day and is a busy evening afterwards so usually I don’t run. My PT was good tonight – focussed a lot of strengthening my legs and core. I find doing this is slowly but surely helping my running. I recover faster and don’t get injured as much as I used to. 

Friday 5th May

Had a rest day today as I was feeling tired and had heavy legs. I had trained pretty hard every day since Sunday and planned a long run for the Saturday so wanted to make sure I was fresh! Went a walk in the sun with the dog to keep my legs nice and loose. 

Saturday 7th May

Today was my first long run (double digits anyway) in a while and it felt really great. I ran off road for about 90% of the run so I am feeling pretty happy with my time. This run took me through Dumfries Estate where there are loads of lovely little paths for running. I headed out towards Ochiltree and did some 3 reps on the bing on the way out at a slow and steady pace. On the way home I met a man who had run 5/6 marathons and he gave me some good training advice – he was an advocate of hills so I felt glad to tell him I had put in my reps that morning. Came home and stretched and iced my feet and ankles in a cold bath – never gets pleasurable!
Sunday 7th May

A rest day! Walked the pup to get ice cream and found the shop was shut – disaster!

All in all I am quite happy with my training this week. As always there are areas I want to work on and improve, but I am seeing slow and steady improvements in my running. Time will tell! 

Pic a day – 2nd May

Today was back to normal work day after a really horrible, bitty week last week and then a long weekend. I’ve a cheek to moan considering I was off yesterday, but I found getting up today really hard! Think my body was starting to relax by yesterday so to get back to routine today was a bit unwelcome!

None the less I got up and walked Murphy and had a nice healthy breakfast – spinach, tomatoes, eggs and bacon. It’s nine weeks today until we head off on holiday for a week and I entered another half marathon last night, so I am trying my best where I can to make sure I’m eating well and in line with my goals.

Right now, I am loving eating my breakfast at the dining table. The sun shines right in the window, Murphy lies by my feet and I make sure I have got time to eat properly and read a little of something. This photo is of the jar of flowers I have in the middle of my table. It’s my bouquet from Amanda’s wedding and the flowers make me feel so happy and summery.

Pic a day – 1st May

The last week has really been pretty pants, all things considered, and so I kind of had to abandon my plans for getting back to blogging. However, it’s a new month now and time to make some changes.

After last week, it was nice this weekend to just get some time to relax and chill with Martin. I’ve been for two good runs in as many days and walks with Murphy, where we saw the lovely spring view in the photo from day – lambs and daffodils, I don’t think you could beat that! Last night I sat on the couch and watch TV for the first time in ages. It’s been nice to have an extra day today as well to be off work, although I could do with another as I am still knackered!

Back to the grind tomorrow!

Catch up and update

So I have been a bit MIA from here lately, through no other reason other than I fell off the wagon and out of the habit.  I was always posting at night, but was getting tired and forgetting and preferring to just plonk my head onto my pillow and go to sleep.  I stopped blogging and I stopped journalling and by stopping both I have found my stress levels have increased, my level of gratitude and reflection has decreased and just generally I missed posting and looking back over the different things that had happened each day.

BUT NO MORE…….hopefully.  I’ve made a little schedule in my head of things I would like to blog about – daily, weekly and otherwise and I am going to make a real good effort at keeping this up.

So, in the absence of any daily photographs from the last month or so, I am going to share some highlights.  You might hear about these or see the pictures again in other blogs that I am thinking of writing, but here they are for just now.

The past month has went past in a flash! Since my last blog I:

  • have been on holiday from work for two weeks – which always makes time go too fast
  • have been a bridesmaid for my beautiful friend Amanda and had the most amazing day at her wedding
  • took Murphy for two kinds of snips – one for his hair and other for another area…
  • went away for two nights to a hotel with Martin and just relaxed
  • saw Beauty and the Beast at the cinema, which is a dream come true
  • went back to Arran for a couple of days

Hopefully these photos will sum up the kind of time it has been lately and I will post a few specific posts about these things soon.

These are just some highlights and I’ll hopefuly hopefully hoppppeeefullyy get back into regular writing soon.

Pic a day – 26th March

Today we came back from our amazing weekend in Arran (another blog on this later, and I will catch up on my pictures that’s I’ve missed). I always feel so sad coming back, but I am very lucky to know that I will get another trip over there very very soon.

Today is Mother’s Day, so today’s picture is one of my mum but also two other very important ladies in my life – my gran and my aunt. I’m very lucky to have three inspiring and loving ladies looking after me, advising me and showing me the way. If I can turn out to be half the lady they are then I’ll be doing ok. 

❤️

Pic a day – 25th March

Holy Isle looking out of the water
Today was our full day on the Isle of Arran and this was the view I woke up to. It was the most stunning day imaginable, warm already by 9am and not a cloud in the sky.

We all got up early and a little worse for wear after the celebrations the nighth before. Matt, Paul and I headed out a walk up round the back of the house and then I headed to the shop for breakfast things. Meghan made poached eggs for everyone and I was in charge of toast – as I couldn’t possibly get that wrong!

We then got organised and headed off for the bus to Whiting Bay to climb up and see the Glenashdale Falls. I’ll do a full blog post on this walk later, as it deserves my full attention, but for now, here are some photos: 

Matt and Meghan admiring a view
Martin
The Falls
The Giant’s Graves
Paul

The weather played nice all day for us (exceptionally so) and it was the perfect walk. Afterwards we headed home and got organised for the party night for Matt’s birthday. 

We decorated the house and realised we didn’t have a birthday cake, so I literally had to run for cake. 

We went out for dinner at night and then for a few drinks in the pubs and the house. It was a great way to spend a day.

Matt and his badge