Another week of lockdown, another week of online teaching and another week of fairly miserable weather. I’m trying my best to stay upbeat, but my goodness that bleak winter weather isn’t helping! On the plus side, we did get a break in the weather towards the end of the week so I felt like I got to stretch my legs properly on my run.
Monday – 3.5 miles + Hatha yoga via Zoom
Tuesday – 4 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Wednesday – 4 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Thursday – 4.5 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Friday – 4 miles + living room workout + home yoga
Saturday – (not)parkrun sandwich
Sunday – 8 miles
The week began with snow. Again. Monday is always a recovery run so pace isn’t really a consideration, but I did note a weariness in my legs and with my mileage being a bit up and down with the weather since late December, I’ve not been in quite the usual pattern of a three week mileage build followed by a cutback (I basically structure my mileage as if for marathon training but without all the BIG runs!). I made a mental note to listen to my body and cut things back a bit if it seemed necessary.
Monday also brought with it an exciting delivery. I had spotted that I could order the Valentine Minnie ears which I had been coveting since spotting them in some of the Disney blogs/vlogs/newsletters I look at regularly. And when I then discovered that ordering the ears would unlock the special offer price for the seasonal Mickey & Minnie plushes, I went for a full-on Valentine order. Clearly my new plan is to bring the fun merchandise to me since I’ll not be heading to a Disney park any time soon. I might also see if I can collect seasonal plushes throughout the year. That would be fun for me and I could keep changing which ones were out on display…
In my evening Hatha class we were focusing on back bends to try and counter all the sitting at screens we’re doing these days. As ever, I felt great afterwards.
But despite sleeping well I somehow just couldn’t wake up on Tuesday morning. I felt really sleepy as I got ready for my run and I was a mile in before either my mind or body actually felt awake. I felt fine after that but kept the run to an easy pace since I was obviously needing it.
It was quite a day as we had the latest review of restrictions from the First Minister (no real change just yet and even the aim of maybe getting some pupils back into schools is unlikely to affect me any time soon) as well as what turned into a rather epic faculty meeting. I was ready to step away from the computer and do something else after all that. Finding out that it was ACTUAL Groundhog Day (6 more weeks of winter, dang it!) was just the cherry on the cake!
For my workout in the evening we were using the resistance band so it was an upper body focus. Looking back, it was probably the “easiest” workout of the week given what Steve had in store for other days 😮. I was quite pleased to head off to some yoga afterwards!
Wednesday was a real delight. We stepped out the door into what can only be described as driving sleet. Driving sleet which only let up to briefly become snow. It’s a good thing I enjoy running and am fairly hardy, as it was a bit like having freezing cold needles chucked in my face (and that was despite me wearing my winter running jacket!). We had a digital break time on Wednesday and for some reason my colleagues just didn’t think I was selling the idea of running to them 😂
It was quite a full day, culminating in an after school CPD session (although I did get to have a nice chat with the new member of staff who is organising these and get to know him a little) and I went straight from that to prepping a batch of chilli for the slow cooker.
Then it was workout time…
Yup, it was another tough one! Steve was really making me work my hip flexors and I was beginning to doubt my ability to move the following morning, let alone run. Thank goodness the yoga session on the calendar was for neck/shoulders/upper back, giving the rest of my body a break!
As it turned out, I actually felt like I was running well on Thursday morning. It was like my hip flexors had remembered what to do and I had a sensation of getting more knee drive as I went. Even better, those weary hip flexors got a break in my workout that evening as we focused on upper body and put the resistance band to work.
Bringing a little excitement to an otherwise nondescript Thursday was this delivery:
Yes, that is a Frozen 2 Christmas jumper. Yes, I do know it’s February! I actually pre-ordered this back in October (from a website I’ve used several times before) and should have had it in November, but thanks to a couple of production delays (presumably due to Covid) they first told me it would arrive in December then had to revise that to February. In fairness to them, it was the 1st of February when I got the dispatch notice. Since all my Christmas stuff has gone away in the loft (and the jumper is not that festive) I think I’m going to wear it anyway. After all, the “eternal winter” idea the accompanies Frozen seems apt right now!
Also on Thursday I finished up my latest book. This one is the second in a series I discovered late last year. The writer is from not too far away and the books are set close to where I work so it makes for an interesting read!
Friday was pretty wet, but it was actually a really good run for me. That improved performance from my hip flexors was there again, particularly as improved knee lift as I ran uphill, and I felt like I was moving faster without having to make any more effort. Really pleasing after feeling pretty ploddy lately.
Of course I made the mistake of telling Steve that the exercises had made a difference which resulted in, you guessed it, another round of hip flexor work that evening. Sigh! Not my favourite sessions, but I suppose it’s worth it for the difference to my running. Thank goodness for another gentle yoga session (mainly low to the ground) after that one!
I was definitely ready to settle into my weekend with a relaxing evening watching tv. We had been watching the second series of Marcella during the week, but I like Fridays to be a movie night and lately that has been a Marvel movie. This week’s choice: Doctor Strange.
It was definitely strange, but then what exactly was I expecting?
As if the weekend wasn’t exciting enough, I woke up on Saturday to find decent weather. Well, it was actually kind of miserable, but there was NO ICE! After a bit of reading in bed I set off for a (not)parkrun (sandwiched between a warm up/cool down to total 10k) and it felt so good to be in regular road shoes (it’s been a while!) and clock the fastest 5k I’ve had in a few weeks. It was reassuring to know that my legs could still turn over more quickly (especially with all the hip flexor work) and remind me that it’s been the recent weather which has been slowing me down rather than my own fitness/ability.
After our Saturday morning bacon roll (whilst watching an episode of Marcella because This Is Us is STILL on a hiatus 😢) I settled down to watch a little more Bridgerton. It had only been my intention to watch another two episodes, but Smokey got comfortable on my lap and I didn’t have the heart to move him so two episodes became four!
And then, the real excitement of my day…setting up my new phone!
It’s actually only been a year since I got my current phone, but Steve and I were both contacted by our provider with an upgrade offer and after looking into it, we realised we could upgrade our phones with no upfront payment and reduce our monthly bills at the same time. Bit of a no-brainer! I always like to have a couple of backups in place before switching to my new phone, then I have to completely wipe/reset my old one as it goes to my dad (he was excited for an upgrade too haha!). While everything transferred over I headed off for a bath. This week’s bathtime Christmas movie was Santa Girl. It was ok. fairly predictable but fine for something to chill out to.
We rounded out our day with some tv while I made sure everything was as I wanted it to be on the new phone (nothing worse than going to use an app and you’re not actually signed into it!) so I could go ahead and hand over my old one to dad.
Sadly the weather on Sunday was not so encouraging. There was some snow forecast and it was windy so we both headed out knowing that our plans might change along the way. I had intended to run 10 miles but planned a route which allowed multiple opportunities to adjust and shorten it if I needed to. It was actually fine for the first 3 miles. It looked a bit like a daylight version of the Upside Down from Stranger Things with all the floating flakes, but it was fine to run in…until it wasn’t. “Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes” might be one of Maria von Trapp’s favourite things, but certainly not one of mine as I ran into a headwind which was flinging those flakes directly into my face, where they stuck to my eyelashes and made me blind. Not fun. Not fun at all.
After this I started adjusting my route a bit. The weather improved a little but I was feeling fed up and just had no desire to keep on going in the rotten weather. My head just wasn’t in it. The changes I made brought me back to my front door at a little over 8 miles and I decided that was good enough for this particular day. I have no need for particularly long runs right now and there was no point in forcing more – better to stop and reset for a new day.
We got on with the rest of our day (food shopping, dropped off the phone to my dad then settled down to watch a couple more episodes of Marcella) then while Steve had a couple of things to do I did my weekly Disney quiz on YouTube before dinner. As ever, I finished my Sunday with a bath (oh my goodness – what an episode of WandaVision!) before heading to bed. We were expecting some snow…
Have you cut any runs short recently?
In what way do you support your running e.g. strength work, yoga, etc?