It’s all in the plan…

Last week someone called me a ‘machine’.

It was after I ran 3 x 10ks in under 24 hours on Wednesday & Thursday: 1pm, 6pm and 7am.

I ran 50.5 miles last week, and let me tell you, I don’t feel like a machine. It felt good doing it all. But after it I was tired. Real tired. Fatigued even. But I knew it was coming and I was ok with it.

A while back I would have continued in my tired state. Blurry vision, tired body, tired mind. But not now. Now I know when to listen to, and take care of my body.

Two weeks ago, I ran about 43 miles, and I’ve been building my mileage up steadily over the last month or so.

But my 17 mile run on Sunday the 5th, reminded me of just how much running long takes it out of you.

So I remembered that this week, and I made sure that I rested after my long run on Sunday. Plenty to eat and drink, time out, plenty sleep.

Then on Monday (13th) I was in a bit of a funny mood. I knew I was tired and I knew why I was tired. And I knew I needed to rest. But I just felt like I couldn’t be bothered as much as usual. (And that’s fine!) I just kept my head down and got on with everything.

Today I smiled as I walked into work, because I knew I was doing the right thing, by taking rest. And I knew why I was in a funny mood on Monday. Endorphins all gone, tiredness left. 😉 get over it, take care and take the time out you need.

Once upon a time a very nice and wise last described me as a ‘train without a driver’, with all the running I was doing.

Not anymore. The driver is well and truly in his drivers seat. Two good rest days with plenty of sleep and socialising and I’m feeling a lot perkier today.

I know what my training plan for the rest of the week will be like.

So no running today or yesterday, and I’ll ease back into it tomorrow (Wednesday).

A nice and healthy way (hopefully) to train for my up coming events:

End July – Thunder Run 24
End September – Loch Ness Marathon 2015
Start November – Southside 6
End April – London Marathon 2016

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