I’m so behind in getting things done right now.  Pokemon Go My thesis is obviously my main priority right now and I was so wrapped up in getting my first full draft done last week and the bits that never made it into it over the weekend, that I didn’t even think to write this up.

Sunday: Hour reformer class + walking.

Monday:  What was supposed to be a quick 2 mile run turned into a slow 4 + mile jaunt hunting for Pokemon.  I don’t know why I’m so totally into this.  I never saw the show and know absolutely nothing about Pokemon or games.  However, that being said, it’s allowing me to most definitely meet my step goals!

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Tuesday: Double Pilates.  I went to trigger point and regular mat pilates class as they were having a demo/open house for a launch.

Wednesday: Rest day.  I was completely wrapped up in my thesis.

Thursday: 5K for thesis related stress relief.

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Friday: Walking everywhere catching Pokemon as a reward for finishing my draft.

Saturday: Just about a 5 mile run.  It was meant to be 6, but I was silly and forgot about my long run day when I made my sports massage appointment.  I got up early and ran very slowly before walking to the studio and back and then a bit more.  I hit over 30K steps on Saturday!  (I’ve put the Runkeeper time/distance up instead of the Fitbit one b/c I managed to stop the Fitbit halfway in and this one has the full distance.)

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This week looks to be another busy week with my thesis and general life things.  Hopefully I can find some time to hit the gym and get some lifting in!

Sunday: an hour Pilates reformer class.  It was just me, so we had a great one-on-one session.

Monday: 2 quick miles in the rain.  I was feeling really, really stressed out, so I grabbed my trainers and off I went.  I normally refuse to run in the rain, but I knew the gym would be too packed at that time, so I just went and ran.

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Tuesday: Mat Pilates for an hour

Wednesday: 30 minutes on the reformer + close to an hour sports massage.

Thursday: 5K.  This was the first run where I can say that I felt really, really good (since the 10K that is).  I felt confident, fast (ha!), and I had no pain whatsoever!  It was really nice to get out and just run, although I could have done without the headwind on the way back.

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Here I am at the halfway point- note the wind!

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Friday: Rest day!

Saturday: 5 miles.  It was insanely humid (and warm for once)!  I felt really slow, like I was running through treacle.  I was nowhere as fast as Monday, but as this was a long run, I wasn’t really bothered.  My right knee was a bit achy about halfway in, but nothing close to like it was during the 10K.  It feels fine now after yesterday’s 22K steps and today’s 16K+ and an hour on the reformer.

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Overall, I feel like this was a solid week of training.  This coming week is very thesis heavy as I have a first draft due on Friday! (EEEEK!) I’m hoping that I will get it done and still have time to work out.  I’m sure it will be doable, if I manage my time well enough.

This week was pretty stressful and hectic and unfortunately other than Pilates, I didn’t make the time for strength training.  Sadly, at this point in finishing my thesis something has to give!

Sunday: 40 minutes on the spin bike
Monday: 2+ miles on the treadmill.  
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My right knee was a bit achy, so I didn’t push it too much.
Tuesday: Mat Pilates.  
Lots of hip work which I still felt the following day.
Wednesday: 5K on the treadmill. 
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I would have taken it outside, but it was late and it looked like it was going to downpour, so I hit the gym (again).
Thursday: 30 minute one-on-one Pilates Reformer session + 30 minutes sports massage
 I’d not done a one-on-one session before, and it was challenging but it was just what I needed after a stressful Wednesday evening and not a lot of sleep.
Friday: Rest day which involved wandering around Whole Foods.
Saturday: 4 miles on the treadmill.

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It looked like it was going to rain and rain hard, and I totally do not run in the rain (b/c I’m a pussy) so I hit the treadmill.  Of course it only rained for a second, but better safe then drenched.  🙂  I really wasn’t feeling this run at ALL but I pushed myself for the last 1.5 kilometres.
Again, I didn’t get any real strength work done other than Pilates this week.  I suck.  But getting my thesis done is slightly more important than lifting weights right now.
I’ve also realised that running is really very mental for me.  I tend to stop myself and walk or outright stop if I perceive that it is “too much” for me, even if I’m not breathing too hard or my heart rate isn’t sky high.  I know this is something I need to work on, especially if I want to improve speed-wise.  Granted, right now I’m just concerned about getting the distance in (with the knee issues and all) but speed is still on my mind.
This coming week looks to be pretty busy.  Lots of things going on, so I’m hesitantly hopeful about getting some strength work in.

This week was far better than the last.  I was far more mobile and there was little pain while running, which is a bonus- obviously.

Sunday: I walked to Pilates class which was cancelled.  🙁

Monday: I had a very painful sports massage and ran a little over 2 miles.  It was a slightly achy run, but I felt ok.

Tuesday: Physio and Pilates class, not to mention a lot of walking.

Wednesday: Rest day that was spent at the library.

Thursday: I was going to go to run club, but I didn’t get home until after I needed to leave.  I had a long day at uni and when I got home I realised I had forgotten my computer cable.  Instead of going to the gym, I ran back to uni to get my cable and then back home for a total of 3.09 miles.

Friday: Unintentional rest day in the wake of Brexit.

Saturday: 5K on the treadmill.

This coming week I need to get back on the strength bandwagon and stop slacking off!

When I last left you, I was feeling pretty down about being injured.  I was so sore and uncomfortable and even walking was causing discomfort.  I saw my physio right away and got stretched and massaged out.  I was re-assured that the injury wasn’t major, but that I needed to make some changes.  I took the week off from running, which pretty much made me crazy, and was able to walk, bike, and strength train instead.  I made sure I stretched, massaged, and foam rolled like I had never done before.  And now I need to make sure I stay on top of it.

When I woke up Monday, I felt SO much better.  When I went to the gym, I was able to manage 2 miles at a pretty slow pace, alternating with walking when I needed to.  I felt pretty good after and was so glad I was able to manage 2 miles with out any pain.

Tuesday I went to physio again and also Pilates class.

Wednesday I took the day off.

Thursday I warmed up on the bike and then ran 2.5 miles on the treadmill without too much discomfort.  I was wearing the newer trainers, whereas on Monday I was wearing older ones, and I’m wondering if it’s the newer shoes.  Hmmm.

Friday I was really lazy and had every intention of going to the gym but OINTNB.  You get me.

Today, I ran outside (since for once the sun was outish) 5K and felt pretty good.  I did have to take a few walk breaks, and I did notice that the newer sneakers don’t feel as “loose” as the older ones.  I think it’s time for another gait analysis.

All in all, it was a good week.  I have decided to modify my training schedule, and slowly build up my mileage again.  I’m a bit disappointed to not be working on speed vs distance, but right now the goal is to remain healthy while training.

And hopefully I will remember every Saturday to write up a brief update on the week.  I meant to do this last year and never did, and I think it will be beneficial to me and to others (if anyone else who is a slow runner who is thinking about running a half).