Monday, 18 April 2011

Weekly round-up

Despite school and playgroup being closed for the Easter holidays, it's actually been a pretty good week, workout-wise. The kids spent 2 mornings with the childminder, which gave me the opportunity to get out on my bike, and I managed to fit in 3 runs as well.

It looked like this:

Cycled 15 miles
Ran 3.1 miles
Cycled 6 miles
Ran 3.7 miles
Ran 4 miles

In my last post I was whining about having a few crappy runs, including Wednesday's. I had been feeling tired and slow for the last 4 runs. So I decided to change things a bit; on Friday I arranged to run in the evening instead of first thing in the morning, I changed my usual route for one that was less hilly, and I took my ipod with my running playlist of motivating music. These 3 changes conspired to help me get a great run at last. I went through 5k in 27m18s - my fastest time since coming back, and my average pace overall was 8m50 per mile - not bad!

Then on Sunday I had a lovely run in the morning sunshine, and did 4 miles, which is my longest distance since September and the advent of the evil Plantar Fasciitis. The only problem on that run was having to stop to turn up the volume on my ipod, and then having it too loud for the rest of the run. When I got home, my ears were ringing for about half an hour afterwards!

So in total, I cycled 21.2 miles, and ran 10.8 miles. That's quite an increase in running, and I feel ready to run 3 times a week regularly now. My feet are doing well, so I'll keep building up the distance.

To add to my fun this week, I got myself a new toy - ta-dah!

My very own torture-machine, also known as a foam roller. Oh it looks all innocent in the photo, doesn't it? Not so. I've been having a marvellous time rolling my aching leg muscles over it while watching tv in the evenings. It also doubles as a toy for the kids - they love balancing on it and rolling around on the floor too!


  1. Hopefully the mixing up of the schedule will help revive the fatigue and do the trick! The foam roller is awesome, I hope it's providing some magic there for ya! Funny about the kids playing with it - those guys will do anything for entertainment, huh? :)

    Have a great week!!

  2. Good idea to change things up to refresh your running. Sounds like it was just what you needed.

  3. What a super week! You have a lot to celebrate :)

  4. Yeah to more running. Yes those foam rollers can be torture devices for sure.

  5. I'm so glad you're running again! I'm heavy on the foam roller this week too - my ITB is acting up the little brat. Will be busy rolling tonight during Biggest Loser...