Well, that’s week 3 in the bag. Fairly uneventful to be honest. An easy run on Tuesday, Progression run on Thursday, easy run and drills on Saturday, long run today. Bing, bang, bosh!
The big thing I’ve done this week, is listen to my body. Wednesday & Friday are optional days in my training plan. I can either have a rest day, cross train, or do an easy run. Most weeks I do an easy run or short bike ride on Wednesday and take Friday as a rest day.
However this past week I’ve felt really tired. Like properly pooped. So on Tuesday evening I made the decision not to train on Wednesday. Instead, I had a lie-in until 6.30am, then made my favourite banana protein pancakes for breakfast. I ate well all day, and did everything I could to help my body rest & recover.
I didn’t always think this way. Back in the early days of my bike racing career, I remember pounding myself into the ground. My form started to dip, so I trained harder. Got worse, I increased the effort. I had over-trained, and this was my body’s way of telling me to ease up.
I learned my lesson, and ever since I’ve listened to my body. Yeah, I could have still got my ass out of bed at 5.15am on Wednesday, done a wee run, it wouldn’t have taken much out of me. But I needed to rest. So I did.
The other thing that used to happen a lot when I raced the bike, was that my calves would cramp up towards the end of a race. So when I started running I decided to wear compression socks. Now, I don’t know if they really do help, but it makes me feel better, and I look like one of those cool people on Instagram.
On to week 4, which is a recovery week 😊
This week in numbers:
- Miles run – 31
- Time on my feet – 4:38:58
- Mornings I didn’t get up until after 6am – 3