After a two and a half week hiatus from ALL exercise I finally started to feel the urge to move my legs on Monday… what a relief! I was starting to wonder whether I would ever want to pull my running shoes on again.
MONDAY 20/10/2014: 4 miles untimed – I did my stockstandard neighborhood run in the afternoon after my daughter’s “busyballers” practice. Hope is four years old and has a weekly ball skills class at the neighborhood bowling green. Seeing the little kids sprinting around joyfully strengthened my resolve to put on my running clothes and just GO. My running loop has familiar hills and is not too flat but not too demanding. I felt remarkably unfit and could not believe that I had lost so much conditioning in such a short period of time.
TUESDAY 10/21/2014: 5 miles untimed – I missed my alarm in the morning after a bad night’s sleep so I ended up having to run when I could whilst the kiddos were at their weekly play date. I did another standard neighborhood run, this time slightly longer and tried to ignore the ever present signs of fatigue. I know that I will re-gain strength quickly, it is just a matter of being patient.
WEDNESDAY 10/22/2014: Approximately 8 miles easy 70 minutes: I felt extremely efficient and packed my running gear and took it to work. Our offices are close to one of the best stretches of beach in Durban, the Umhlanga Promenade. I snuck in a run on the way home from work at lunchtime. It was good to jog in the sun amongst the holiday makers there… made me feel like summer is on its way here without having to deal with the oppressive heat and humidity that January and February in Durban bring.
THURSDAY 10/23/2014: One of my very close friend’s owns a Crossfit box which I have attended very sporadically since August. I am not entirely convinced of its benefits to my running however I have enjoyed the few sessions that I have gone to and have always been stiff and sore (in a good way) afterwards. It is a fun way to force me to lift some weights and do some stretching and core work. All the other members of the “box” (gym) think I am mad for wanting to run anything more than 400m at a time. 1 hour session consisting of a warm up, gymnastics practice, workout of the day (pullups, barbell lifts and squats) and core work.
FRIDAY 10/24/2014: Approximately 5 miles: Hill session consisting of 3 sets of 3 x 1 min hills and an extra 2 min hill at the end. I did a 3 mile warm up very easy and then tried to run the hill as smooth and strong as I could. Luckily we have a hill close to our house which is the perfect gradient for a one minute climb – steep enough to be challenging but not so steep that you lose form.
SATURDAY 10/25/2014: Rest day
SUNDAY 10/26/2014: Unplanned rest day. As has been the pattern for the last few weeks, weekend runs have been hard to come by. The kit is lying out ready to go but I do not pull the trigger. Today it was raining and miserable. It may be good that I took it easy this weekend seeing that I am just starting up again but I have to promise myself that next weekend there will be a concerted effort to log some miles.
Running: 22 miles
Weight training: 1 hour