What a week! You know how sometimes you have weeks where you have zero headspace with so much going on? That. Between work commitments, personal commitments and my dogged determination to fit some running in, the week seemed to whip by without me having the slightest chance to think about anything else. Mind you, it did make for a fairly quick week and with four more to go before the summer holidays, I could do with quick weeks for the next month!
Monday – Hatha yoga
Tuesday – rest + sports massage
Wednesday – rest
Thursday – 4 miles +
Friday – rest
Saturday – parkrun + SUP yoga
Sunday – 5k race (Chariots of Fire beach race)
It was back to a normal work week for me after being away doing other things for part of the week before. Having been out of school on Friday I had a little catching up to do on Monday morning but it was otherwise a decent day. We had overnight visitors (a friend of Steve’s travelling around Scotland with his children) and they arrived shortly after I got home so my yoga class was a good opportunity to get some headspace. I was actually really impressed with how well-mannered the children (aged 7 and 12) were, but even so finding space to do a little of my exam marking was a little trickier for this one night.
Because of our visitors (and possibly because I had just run a half marathon a couple of days earlier) I took Tuesday as a rest day. My legs had been a little weary first thing on Monday morning but had felt fine since and I probably would have been ok for a run but thought I would be sensible and have a day off to let my body recover. I did, rather fortuitously, have my sports massage booked that evening so that was a nice way to make sure everything felt good before my next run.
Wednesday actually ended up being another rest day because I had managed to get an appointment to get my nails done. It had dawned on me that I had polish put on for my marathon at the end of April and somehow it was about to be June! I normally get them done every 3 weeks as my nails grow really quickly and I tend to start chipping the polish, but this time the polish had lasted really well. The regrowth, on the other hand, was insane! I’m not good with having my nails too long so it was nice to get them tidied up and have a good chat. Another thing in the diary, but my best chance of a bit of time to myself on that day.
I was up early to go for a run on Thursday morning. It was my usual 4 miles and I kept it nice and easy since it was my first post-half marathon. I felt pretty good during the run but for the rest of the day I was feeling a little “off”. No particular symptoms to speak of, but by the time I got home I was feeling really sleepy and still not quite right so I decided to skip my yoga class and take it easy. By this time I had realised that my electrolytes were probably a bit off as that can make me feel kind of ropey, and sure enough drinking lots of electrolytes and having a nap meant I woke up the next day feeling brand new.
On Friday afternoon I actually headed out of school again for a CPD event at Dundee university with a couple of my colleagues. It was a really nice afternoon as we arrived in time to get ourselves some lunch in a nice cafe then the event itself – about approaches to writing – was really enjoyable and provoked a great deal of useful professional discussion. It was an example of the very sort of thing that we just never have time for yet is so valuable when we do. The session didn’t finish until after 5pm and then there were refreshments brought in (orange juice for me since I was driving) so it was a bit after 6pm before I headed off. That meant no workout this week as I was really only home in time to head out for some food.
On parkrunday Steve decided to volunteer and while I would have loved to at least run down, I knew I didn’t have time to run back home again and had to leave before Steve would finish so I ended up driving down. It was one of those runs that felt like pretty hard work, perhaps after racing last weekend and perhaps because there was a bit of a wind, but I definitely felt like I was working a lot harder than the pace I was getting. Still, I hadn’t planned on running really hard so was happy enough with 25:09 at this point.
From parkrun, I nipped home to change and mark a few papers before heading out for another session of SUP yoga. It was so calm when we headed out on the water, but wouldn’t you know, the wind whipped up again just as we got to standing postures! I was fine with the sun salutations but my body just refused to get into a warrior pose this time. Moving to standing on the board was really the first time all week that I felt any residual weariness from the half marathon in my legs, so I just accepted where my body was and carried on with the other postures, before standing to paddle back in again.
The group went for lunch in the cafe afterwards again and this time I broke away from my usual chicken mayo sandwich (my favourite on their menu) and opted for one of the specials – a chorizo and fried egg wrap with rocket and capers. It was so good!!
With that done, it was back home for a glamorous combination of food shopping, exam marking and being amused by the cats, before Steve wanted to watch the football and I decided I fancied having a bath to unwind a bit after such a busy week.
Sunday was race day, but this time we were keeping much more civilised hours. I got up when the chief spokescat declared it breakfast time, but as soon as the wee monkeys were fed I headed back to bed and Steve brought me a cup of tea which I drank whilst catching up on a few social media threads. I got up for some breakfast, got ready for the race and we left around 9:30am to drive to St Andrews (it takes about an hour to get there and it’s worth being sharp for the 12 noon race to ensure you get a good parking place!).
I’ll write a separate report on the race so I won’t say too much here, but we both had great fun. I mean what’s not to like about 5k on the beach, dressed in white and hearing that iconic movie theme, before being rewarded with a medal (which doubles as a bottle opener), fudge doughnut and specially produced beer. We both ate our doughnuts when we got back to the car and the beers went in the fridge when we got home, ready to be enjoyed in the evening.
We then had a fairly restful afternoon, although I did do a little more of my exam work. We also popped out for a coffee but since the weather had improved and I didn’t get an ice cream when I was at the beach, I opted for a Frappuccino this time. Yummy!
So there you have it. A busy week, but the weekend was loads of fun with parkrun, SUP yoga, the beach race – all involving time spent with good friends. I wonder what the week ahead will bring…
Have you ever run or raced on the sand?
What are you looking forward to right now?