I have been struggling to get enough runs in. 'Enough' in this case is the amount which makes me feel fit and strong. If my mileage is too low - as it has been this month at times - I start to feel fidgety, and inevitably, grumpy. Obviously it's always harder to fit in a workout when there are 2 children home all the time and no childcare.
But I've found it harder than usual because Pete has started stealing my early morning running time to go swimming! A few weeks ago, he began a schedule of driving to the local pool at 6.30am, swimming for 30-40 minutes and coming home, before going off to work. He's been doing this 3 mornings a week, which leaves me with only 2 mornings to get my early runs in.
I'm not really complaining about this, as I'm really pleased for Pete that he's found a way of fitting in exercise that he really enjoys. This combined with school holidays though, has made it hard to run 4 times a week and get some longer runs in, especially as we've had a few busy weekends too.
Anyway, last week I did a bit better! I ran early on Tuesday morning (4.6m), then Pete was home early enough for me to run the following 2 evenings. I did another lovely longer run in the evening sunshine on Wednesday (7.5m), and some fast intervals on Thurs (4.7m). Then on Saturday, I went for a little jog in the morning (3.5m), all of which added up to 20.3 miles - my biggest week of this month.
I felt much better than the second week of August, when I only did about 11 miles. I've found that I really need those runs for my sanity, as well as my fitness.
I've also been doing the 30-day shred DVD, and after about 7 sessions, my arms feel a little more muscly, and I almost thought I spotted an 'ab' the other day! This may just be in my head of course...
Away from running, it was Pete's birthday last week. The kids and I got the train to his workplace to meet for lunch, and we went to a really nice pub/restaurant. I had an amazing chocolate torte with mango sorbet for dessert - it was one of the best puddings I've ever eaten... We also had a little tea party in the evening, involving homemade cake and sparklers.
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