In a week where I was almost stunned to meet someone (a colleague) at Waverley train station in Edinburgh, who had travelled from Glasgow, and was getting a taxi along the half mile from the station to our work… every day she gets a taxi to and from work … half a mile, or a 10 minute walk.
And on another day when I was lunching with a few colleagues, one of whom asked me how many steps I do on average a day. It just so happened I had my Garmin app open… and I showed her my avg for the week, 18,000 steps a day roughly.
She actually nearly fell off her seat when she saw my avg was around 18k a day for that week. Which was quite funny. I explained it was because I’ve done s lot of running, but usually my steps avg is about 14k a day anyway.
It’s been a week of lots of running, over 50 miles, 50.5 to be precise, across 6 runs. 4 x 10ks, a 6.66M run and a 19 miler today. 2 rest days, Tuesday (walk day: 4 miles) and Saturday. My highest mileage week this year so far I think, and I’m feeling good on it.
At the start of the week, I felt a bit tired after my long on Sunday (18M). A feeling I’ve not felt in a long time. Just fatigue after running for a long time. Plain and simple. An easy run on Monday (coaching), then the rest day on Tuesday was welcome.
I loved the feeling after my long run last Sunday, and today after running for nearly 3 hours, nice and steady. I can feel the great level of accomplishment that comes with it, but know I’m sore and that I’ll be tired tomorrow.
I’ve had plenty water today, and started my recovery with a pint of mars bar chocolate milk and water, some stretching, and a long shower.
No strength work this last week, but there’s only so much you can do, and I’m prioritising running (and rest) just now.
This next week, I’m going to rest Monday, maybe Tuesday, then pick up running again on Wednesday (or Tuesday, depending on how I’m feeling).
Here’s the plan for next week, a bit less running, and a bit more rest (and sleep) hopefully:
Tue: Rest or 4-5M easy
Wed: 5M wi Fit Girl
Thu: 3x5M, am, lunchtime, pm
Sat: 12 miles long (8 wi Fit Girl)
Sun: Rest / gym
I stepped in the scales this morning and saw the highest weight I’ve been in a king while: 136lbs. Around 6lbs more than when I came back from my holidays (31st May).
But my body fat is down a bit, down 1% or down 0.5lbs to 18.1lbs of fat. And my lean body mass is up around 6lbs.
I’m in a good place. Looking forward to seeing what results come from what I do (run and train and rest and eat). I’ll be picking up my mileage again into marathon training for September, so it’ll be good to see what happens.