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 – 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 – 24th March

A nutritious meal to start our weekend!

We are off to Arran this weekend!! It is our friend Matt’s 30th birthday so I suggested that we head off to Arran to my mum’s holiday cottage for the weekend to celebrate!

It was such a rush getting down and making sure we got on the ferry on time but we did (although we didn’t get the car on) and then we were off; sharing chips and drinking wine. A great start to a great weekend.

Pic a day – 23rd March

Tonight was so lovely that I headed back out to my new wee trail on my walk with Murphy.  It was a gorgeous night and a perfect walk. 

Thursdays are usually pretty busy as I finish work sharp, head home, walk Murphy, go to my PT session, home, wash, eat and head with Murph to puppy training until about nine ish.  However, I knew this week was going to be busy so I moved my PT to another time and this meant I could stay on at work for a bit to get some things done and then really relax and enjoy a walk with the pup. Feeling very glad that I did.

Pic a day – 22nd March

Today was my birthday! So here to celebrate is a picture of me looking very tired with a big teddy bear pup for a cuddle!

I am 26 today, and I suppose any birthday should be a time for reflection. I’m not really too sure what I have achieved in the past year when I think about it sometimes, but then I have to say I have ticked some major life boxes:

  • Got married!!!
  • Visited Italy, Spain, Portugal and France
  • Got a puppy
  • Continued with house renovations

So really, ALOT has happened in the last year. I guess, it has just gone so quickly that I haven’t taken it all in! However when I look back at how many happy times there have been, I can’t help but feel incredibly grateful! I hope there are as many to come this year!

Pic a day – 20th March

IMG_3961Another Murphy related post tonight – honestly starting to think I should start him his own blog!

Tonight has had to be a hard working productive night to try to get through a lot of things and I feel like I have achieved quite a lot and got quite a bit ticked off my list, which is making me worry a little bit less in some respects, but more in others as I realise how much I still have to do!  I managed to get to the gym class tonight and it was good going and great to get back to another day of lifting some weights instead of just running!

I sat through the back working tonight and Murphy came through to ‘help’.  He wandered around for a while and then decided it was time for a sleep inside of our ikea cabinet.  He looks pretty squashed, but he kept going back to the same place so I assume he must’ve been quite comfy!

Pic a day – 19th March

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Walking round the dam

Today I got up, saw to Murphy and then got to work on things for school.  I decided to get up and do that and get some work out the way so that I could enjoy the rest of my morning and day guilt free.  I got a little bit done and then got almost caught up on Grey’s Anatomy.

Later, Martin and I went on a lovely walk round the Afton Dam at New Cumnock with Murphy. It started off a really dreich, wet, gloomy day but as we walked, it cleared up and we managed to get a really nice day.  It was perfect just getting away with the two of them to get some peace and quiet and clear my head.  Being outside is really the best thing and today with the scenery and the tranquility, you wouldn’t have known you were only five minutes from New Cumnock.

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Murphy investigating on his first walk at the dam