My training in July and going forward

I’ve not written a post about my training for a while, so I thought now would be a good time to write something.

It’s near the end of July, and my training has been consistent – building up my swimming and running, and keeping my cycling and strength training and walking ticking along too.

Here’s the activity I’ve done in July:

Cycling: 32 miles / 3 cycles
Running: 30 miles / 8 runs
Swimming: 18,150m / 9 swims
Walking: 45 miles / 20 walks
Strength: 5 sessions / 10 physio

We’ve done a few good hill / forest and park walls… up conic hill, and around An Torr in Glencoe.

Not to forget my river swim in River Nevis last weekend. That was ace fun. I though I was in for ages, but it was only 12 minutes. It felt great anyway, and I’m glad I did it. Wetsuit for my next swim outdoors though!

I’m now six weeks into my new job, and I’m pleased to say I feel so settled already. A great team and organisation culture, a role where I’ll be trusted, utilised, stretched and valued, great colleagues, and more money at the end of the month. I honestly couldn’t have asked for it to be any better.

My sleep is great too – I’m getting around 9 hours sleep a night, much more than before. And I’m feeling the benefit in being able to get up early to train. It’s ace. Everything is falling back into excellence and great times finally.

I’ve had the odd night where I’ve not been able to sleep, but I’ve listened to an audiobook and dropped off ok. Then gone a walk in the morning to wake up and take it easy.

Oh and the other night we even managed to fix the handle / wire on our recliner sofa…. Saving us buying a new one or getting someone out to fix it.

Anyway, back to my training. Here’s the detail of what I’ve done in the last few weeks:

I’ve been consistent, and getting a balance with it all, as well as rest, physio and fun.

I was trying my physio exercises and working with a physio for just over 2 months, and I do feel some improvements. The last 3-4 runs have been nearly normal and I’m getting there. But last week with a bit of frustration, I stopped doing my almost daily physio exercises, and it seems to feel a bit better.

So I’ve cancelled my next physio appointment and I’ll stick with my progress and see if I can use what I’ve learned and listen to my body to get it back on track.

Now here’s my training plan for this week, and I’ll continue with a similar weekly pattern.

As below – training usually between 700-815am most mornings (working from home helps this too).

Mon: Strength
Tue: 3-5M run
Wed: Cycle/Spin / (or Strength)
Thu: 2,500-3,000m Pool swim
Fri: 4-5M run / yoga?
Sat: Rest / Walk / (or Strength)
Sun: 3,000m pool or open water swim

I’m really enjoying my swim training, and it’s done a good job of replacing my running.

The next / first events I have (in a long time) are:
– 28 August – 3,000m open water swim at Loch Lomond
– 12 September – Brighton 10k

My aim alongside the swim training is to see if I can build my running up to a 10k by mid September… if my leg / injury allows, but if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work. We will see / wish me luck.

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