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Paris 2014 HM-Day-2

Late in bed and early up… Ringing a bell? Had way too much stuff left to do yesterday evening, which ended with checking 12 times my bag, even though the only important in it are my shoes. Sure the gear are as well, but would rather race in new outfit than in new shoes!!! 4:34am – was already awaken and really resist to go up and take a run… Well-disciplined (?), waited until 6:10am to go up and do my rehab. And I know, one should not change anything before a race…. But I did 🙂 I did my rehab exercises starting by the end… He he he! A little craziness on a Friday morning…. Final check(s) for my bag (3 or 4 times? Lost count…), prepared breakfast to the still sleepy monsters and was ready to leave. Got to the door and the last question before kissing goodbye was “when should I wake up on Sunday to check you are finished?”… Answered by another voice (not mine) :”11:27am should do” 🙂 Cool to see some have confidence in me!

Missed my tram (should I write “of course”?). So had fun taking another tram line, bus, new tram (with a very welcoming and smiling driver – thanks for making my day!) and finally got to wait for the airport bus.20140228-080254.jpg
Much lighter package this year and way “nicer” weather for travelling (read: no cold & snow/freeze like last year…. Only rain). Hope Paris will offer a similar (or better?) one on Sunday… Airport procedures as usual, got a RW, toasted turkey sandwich and a bottle of water. First flight was short and my guess is that I slept… because I did not noticed at all we even left the gate after hearing the safety procedures and then it was time to land… A bit of wait in Copenhagen, forgot my sandwich at home, so 2eggs were my snack while waiting. Plane to Paris will take longer and once again, opportunity to sleep 😉

Indeed once again, did not notice the plan lifting… Awaken briefly when they switched off the seatbelt sign and slept more. Pretty smooth arrival, long walk to the exit, but really easy to have only hand luggage. Took an Air France bus to Gare de Lyon. Ate a Mars (had no time enough to grab food before the bus leave). My main thought during the bus trip was that the weather is just RIGHT! 10-11°C, sunny behind the thick cloud cover… Make it stay!!!! (& of course this is not my only thought, but made me pretty happy). Got the bus to drop me at St Mande and then walked the 3+km to the Parc Floral. Great sunny weather, runners in shorts… Definitely how it should be…on Sunday!

Pickup of bib number went smoothly, nice number 🙂 and then going around the exhibition a bit. Won a bottle of Powerade after doing 15 squats….
Then left under light rain and walked walked walked to my room. Actually not too far from my hotel in 2012. Great to be settling down and getting out to eat a bit (have missed lunch…). Very kind hostess too.
Left for a walk & few purchases. Food for breakfast, bananas, pains au chocolat, honey, tea and stuff that cannot be found at home (like honey & avocado shampoo, argan shower oil…). Completed my walk at a Japanese restaurant. Soup and salad to start with. Then dumplings and mix of skewers with rice. Yummy! What the body needed.





Back home, shower, check of running gear for Sunday (seriously thinking a similar outfit to Berlin marathon, even if raining…). Got my Garmin detecting satellites after a while. So ready for bed.

SdP… 2 days to go…

What a difference a day makes…

VERY MUCH!!!! Would we be tomorrow, it would only be 2 days left… Time has been going waaaaaay too slow today (almost all the day…)

Started BEFORE the birds, quick change, goodbye to those going skiing today and out in the cold. Well, actually, the temperature announced on my phone was 3ºC, but it felt way nicer. Had long winter underwear and MoreMiles shorts on the top. Not the time to be a fashion victim! Wanted to check if could still handle the cold with no double layer or no long tights. Real easy run, meeting almost no soul, until km5, where a car seemed a bit upset that I was taking the car road (which is NOT for pedestrians, but so much quicker and nicer than going through the tunnel). On the other side of the road, took off the winter underwear and kept shorts only. SO NICE! (and definitely not 3ºC!). Already had a neck warmer, but attached my winter long tight around the neck as it was not in the very thoughtful plan to carry it by hand to home. The legs did appreciate very much to get in the air and the second half went way faster than the first one, the effort level remaining constant (read: low). Ended the 10K with a fast last km and stopped to buy some croissants. A nice guy must have thought “poor her, she must be mad AND freezing” and let me go first to buy my croissants 🙂 Then decided to sprint the last 600m home and this WAS fun (ok, not easy with a bag full of stuff in the hand, but fun definitely). Back home was time enough to do my rehab exercises and then breakfast (YES, I DID EAT TWO CROISSANTS! and not even feeling guilty 🙂 ).

Took a break for sushi-lunch in very nice company, which made the afternoon passing by very fast, but then arrived the time to start packing… NOT FUN. The weather in Paris is very changing and today was shower all day long apparently. Below is what accuweather is predicting for Sunday… Will see how the body feels on Sunday with 3ºC, 92% humidity and 40% chance rain…(oh yeah, and there was some wind planned as well…).

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OK, double-checked the Semi de Paris website, and it is still 3 days to go…

Gear-wise it is a mess. Had planned shorts and tshirts (not THAT bold to have singlet…working on it….), but now with the rain, am a bit unsure… Have a little suitcase almost full…of running gear! Good it is in France I am going so if anything is missing I know where to find it. Long day of travelling yesterday. So time for bed soon.

SdP…3 days to go 🙂

Final rehearsal…

After a couple of snooze on the alarm… did GO out of bed for morning run (and the workout still started 5:35am…). Had a look at the temperature: Nice! +3ºC (compared to last year when my morning run was done at -6ºC…). Still chickening out and got on my long tights (regretted it after 3km warmup…) but the long sleeves and wind jacket were correct clothing 🙂 Easy warmup, nice in the legs, a bit frozen (as  when leaving a warm bed into a cold outdoor within short time…). Light stretch and change of music. Short time interval to test the shape. First one was great exactly the way I wanted. A bit annoyed though to have it already good because it often means the other won’t be as good. Second interval got a fast start and by half way felt the legs slowing down (not that I wish it, THEY did that). The rest was good to catch back the breathing. Always interesting (I think) to see that it takes only a short short time to get back to regular breathing despite the end of the interval being like you seem close to spit flames. Anyway the third intervals did not go well, had it all controlled at first and too much control is NOT good. Had to fight to get the highest range for the interval, but feeling was not there. Decided to take 30sec longer for rest and give it all in the last one. Well, start was fast and nice but by half way the legs started to slow down and the head did not mind much… THANKS to a scooter-guy passing by and cheering for me (Yapp, there are this type of cheering even at 6am !), strength came back and finish was really strong (and yes, it does work as well to think “you run to your max and beyond for the last 15sec and this is what will make you go under xx:xx (xx:xx being your time objective)… It does work, try it. Visualize that you have the clock ticking and you see it just turned 16sec from your goal and all what it takes for you to reach your goal is to give all what you’ve got…for 15sec…). Final interval within the range? Check! Easy run back discovering on my mp3 a trance-mix from 2011 and it was nice to end with it. Got my DS Sky Speed on and they felt nice, but surprisingly felt a bit tired… Just they can hold until Sunday and it would have been a great life for them!

Directly stretching after the run, taking protein drink mix with green stuff and a banana and off of to the rehab… Tricky to do that after interval workout, but it always feels so good to have it DONE!. Then the day went on, work, work and more work. No sunshine today, but drizzle all afternoon. Good choice to have run this morning, huh? After last meeting, did go to have a final thai massage. Not as tough as last week, but she did work a lot on the shoulders (when I would have like to have more on the hips and thighs-sides). But after it, gosh, it was necessary to get this work on the shoulders. Ended a little more work and now will start selecting my running gear for Sunday.

Now to the point: should or should not do a carb loading? Not thinking at all before a marathon, this is on the “TO DO” list. But for half-marathon? nnnnnjajanejnasdajsnd. Undecided. SO to make everyone happy (head and body, I mean), let’s keep it as it is before a regular long run. Nothing to be changed. Just a bit more carb on Saturday early evening and that will do the trick, right?

Time to close the laptop now and be a bit asocial as usual (read: “as usual before a race…”). Still enough night to get rested enough before Sunday 🙂

Paris… 4 days to go (REALLY?!?!?!?)


Walking on sunshine?

Days are just passing by and do not look alike (or they do? do they?)

Long and rested night did not improve the level of tiredness when it became time to roll out of bed (it really feels that the “go up” has been replaced by “roll out” in the morning…just have to be careful not to roll down to the floor, just ;)) Got straight to the rehab (so at least, I could say something good was done today). Quite ok. Little feeling in the backside of the left thigh…but who does NOT have a feeling in the backside of the left thigh? (trying to convince myself all is fine with me here..). Then banana/kiwi/oat milk green mix before starting work (and yes, the clock was just turning 8am then…). Late breakfast of grahamsporridge around 10-ish to be sure I could hold for a late lunch as planned.

By lunchtime the sun had just decided to get out and play. Which was great. Long lunch in nice company, which is the best that could happen today to get some extra energy (you know when you need some to convince yourself you can run and yes, you do have your medals, photos whatever else to remind you of your ability, but something just feel sluggish and tells you that the sofa could be an alternative as well – rather than getting out and… OOOOOOOOOooooo! Stop right here! Am not THAT down :)). Great lunch with sun in the eyes was followed by a quick check at the close-by running store to see whether they would have Adidas adios 2 and/or Adidas Adizero Adios Boost. AND THEY DID (well, only the second model as apparently the first one is no longer…produced?!?!? since over a year?!?! Should be doing my homework a bit better next time.) Anyway, they looked great, felt nice, but no trial done as the outfit for lunch was not the one appropriate for a shoe-test. Time to get back home, update a few emails, jump into my running gear and off to pick up J for a short sightseeing of the city. A bit too short time to get there, which turned the “easy-slow-warmup” into a “fast-and-heavy-warmup”. Up on the bridge, nice view over the harbour with the sun in the face and then headwind run for a while (especially the last 200m straight line) and then ferry over the water to get back to the running store and try the Adios Boost. Got to meet J who surprisingly congratulated me for my time in Dubai (did not know I was sooo famous, so I asked how she knew it, ready to tell she was mistaking with one of the fast Swedish gals that also ran in Dubai). New club member she is, will be cool to have company for a run once in a while! Back to the shoes: looking good apparently (and this is not ME saying it as I could not see how I ran). Felt very stable, at least for the little time spent on the treadmill. So will have a few additional trials before deciding, but they do have potential. More stable than Kinvara and little lighter than Sky Speed… WOuld we have a winner?!?!?! Then back in the cold as the sun had disappeared and we had stayed a bit in the warmth of the store. Drop off at the hotel and coold down at a way-faster-than-planned-pace-which-felt-like-slow-anyway. Light snacks afterwards, more work and time for bed soon. Great afternoon run really (like this even though they walk…), making me almost regretting to have had long tights when the sun was out so nicely for our run. Same weather in Paris will definitely be short-weather!

All to get in shape for tomorrow’s final quality workout. Fully booked day, so will be either early or late (easy choice, right?).

Paris…5 days to go 🙂

WARNING! This marathon time is unrealistic for your fitness level!

Monday-rest day, yeah yeah yeah…

Started the day with easy warm-up, first half of core & stability and then straight to work. This is actually making the core& stability very short and pretty easy to run. Made a full working day and then ended with the second half of core& stability session (the though one). Pretty tough was to keep the eyes opened and doing ball pikes of full Vs with closed eyes is a challenge I dare anyone to try… (and yes…not just ONE ball pikes, but 12…and note just ONE V but 10 and for 10seconds each…).

Now to the funny part of the day. I have received the update from Runnersconnect and today’s post was about “predicting when you will hit the wall” in a marathon. Great, right? At least you do not have anything to fear. You enter your weight, your latest 5K and let the calculator tell you when you will hit the wall. So in my case, I entered the data required (best 5K done first week of January (have no other reference for 5K raced.. Would not be much better anyway, I would guess) and Dubai marathon time) aaaaaaaand got a nice warning: “Warning! This marathon time is unrealistic for your fitness level!“.. Uuuuuh?!?!??! WHAT????? I better off stopping right now the whole running thing, considering that what I ran in Dubai is actually IMPOSSIBLE and UNREALISTIC… (Oooooor I do have secret powers which I am not aware of….. Oooooor I am a very-lazy-worm-which-cannot-run-fast-on-short-distances…. Oooooor I am part of the family “Incredibles” (I wan to be the mum who run super-fast…so fast she can run into the future as well 😉 Ooooooor …what else can it be???? Oooh, ya, there is something wrong in the calculator… (can this be, really?)) SO I guess I should review the whole “objectives for the year thing”, right?…(1:20 faster on a 5K….piece of cake, right?)

More to happen this week, but for today that would be enough. Must go to bed… it.... :)

Really…do it…. 🙂

When does “run” rhyme with “well-done”?

TGISu…F.I.N.A.L.L.Y… Thought this week would never end…

Long rest and actually nice night sleep, started Sunday on the right foot/feet 🙂 Light breakfast before leaving for this morning intervals. The plan was to get some pulling power from a biker and I had one ready to help at home. After approx.1.2km, the headwind was already bothering me/us and it was just the warmup… Thought a bit whether we should aim for another route and skip this wind, but it felt ok, especially if my personal biker would serve as wind-shield AND pull-power during the run. Stop after warmup for light stretch and reviewing the planned intervals. Took a few km before the wind felt impossible to fight, the wind-shield strategy was not helping as I was more likely pushing then being pulled. Ended the first 5K really annoyed and not even heavy breathing (not that it is necessary, but at least I see I have been working…). Three stops during this first interval are three too many. A bit of rest, water and then turn back hoping for tailwind… and of course not. Side wind it was and for this my personal wind-shield acted perfectly. But the pace was way slower than expected and this got me even more annoyed. Completed the second 5K, too a bit of rest and then aimed for home along the harbours. Sure at the end it became a half-marathon at a training pace. But on the “annoyance”-level scale, it just raised the top. Took a black magic mix after the run (plenty of nice healthy stuff) and then it was time to prepare lunch. Spareribs and ovenbaked potatoes…Almost covered for the annoying run…

Afternoon spent chilling out and walking to/back from town. A bit of shopping and then finishing the day with rehab. Something does not feel ok and I cannot set the finger on it. Today I put the blame on the shoes (had my Kinvara and they definitely not were giving me the feeling I wanted), on the wind (of course!), on the wind-shield not working, on the pulling not working, on the …. what was it I had to blame as well?… Yes, today was definitely not a “well-done” run. So change of strategy for Paris: definitely to be a training long run rather than something else. Cannot see really how to get fast and fit in a week from now, when today felt like rubbish.

So, countdown continues, but not clearly high expectations though.

Time for evening chillout!

The search continues…

Easy-cozy Saturday… that was the plan…and got well-executed 🙂

Long night with bugs dreams … still woke up well rested, thank myself for having prepared my gear yesterday evening (I know, I usually do it, but sometimes I don’t and yesterday it was done at the last minute before bed) and off under drizzling rain (Yes, sounds like a déjà-vu or “copy/paste” from yesterday…just 2 hours later though). The first km felt just like light and flying. Real nice and the music chosen suited perfectly. Got back&forth in my thoughts about taking the bridge or not and finally run up to it and turn to get the first kms of Göteborgsvarvet. Still nice under the light rain and nice temperature. But the thing I appreciated the most was the light. OK it was a bit late in the morning, but the light of the skies was divine. Just went along and enjoyed running up the slopes on the top of the toes and it did feel fine 🙂 Happy me! Completed the run with a large smile, J Jackson in the ears and the rain beginning to fall 🙂 Rainy runs are really underestimated…

And the easy-cozy Saturday just continued, little shopping was planned. The chase for new racing shoes is on. Found a pres while googling explaining that the ASICS Gel DS-Sky Speed was actually a model developed for the Swedish market (?) and now the #3 is available only in selected store. This could just be a little inconvenience, but the #3 is not at all the same as #2. Have tried it all over again and nope. Not for me. So have been checking around and got suggested to look at Adidas Adios 2 and Adidas Adizero Adios Boost. Yaaa if you note that there is a mistake in the name of the models, that is highly probable. Apparently “Boost” is a technology used for the cushioning. SO plenty of models have this “boost” in the model name… Daaaa!  Intersport had Adidas Superglide Boost but they felt heavy and indeed they seem to be as heavy (if not more) than my GT-2150 that I had today. So sure they could be an alternative for training, but today it was racing shoes that were on the search menu. Got suggested stores to be checked (of course, none of them in the city center…).

The plan is to check the Aidas Adios 2 and Adidas Adizero Adios Boost. If I can find a shop having them in stocl in the correct size, this will be tested during the week. Otherwise, Paris should be able to help me on this one… Any tips on those models?

Dinner at a Burrito/Quesadilla restaurant, chausson aux pommes freshly taken out of the baker oven and time for an evening movie.. The only catch being the movie had no sound after 20minutes… ;(  Time to load for tomorrow’s fun-fast-pace run. Hopefully I can get some support on the way.

Paris…not much left, really…

There is something special about today…

Woke up well rested, hearing the drizzling rain in the roof tops…and still could not get what was so special about today…and not just because TGIF….

Jour J-9...

Jour J-9…

Got enough strength to get my gear in and get the whole “me” out under drizzling rain… Sure there are other ways of waking up and certainly better ones, but have to admit that an early morning run in the dark with this powdering rain falling had its charms… Seriously, try it. Took approximately 7km before the body got up to speed (read: “warm enough to understand what it was up to”), the plan being to keep a very slow pace, if possible between 5:45 & 6:00…. Yrs, this is killing me, but if it does help recovery, do be it. (and no, the run did not finish at the expected pace, but faster…). Special part? Drizzling rain and 6°C makes it a real spring run!

Breakfast time and then early start for work. Could not understand what the body and mind were up to. Hardly could keep my eyes opened, hesitating to head for my bed again… But warriors are tougher than that, right? So decided to drink indecent amount of tea and small snacks throughout the mouthing…and nope…did not help really. 😦 Special part? Fighting against the “falling asleep” feeling.

Short lunch break for a long thai massage. Far from nice and relaxing, indicated the pain points (hips, bum, shoulders…) and she found them all! Tried to put a cross on the muscular system pic below on the points which are hurting…. Note that “no cross” does not mean “no pain”, but “potential area where it can be painful, so please no not push here”… Spent probably 10-15 minutes just on the sides of the hips and thighs… And yes, it WAS painful… Special part? The “pain”-part woke me up pretty much for the rest of the day!

Muscular system where it hurts...

Muscular system where it hurts…

More work to complete the afternoon and then it was just to end the day with cozy evening (quick lorraine with puff pastry (not recommended, because 1) it will taste “croissant”, 2) it “grows” really much in the oven making it tricky to put the filling on the top and 3) it will taste “croissant”… and movie evening with Nausicaa of the Wind Valley (highly recommended, except if you really not like bugs… I don’t and it took a while for sleeping after that…). Special part? Cozy factor = maximum 🙂

Told you this was a special day…. OOooh, sure. This is as well the first “one-figure day” in the countdown to the next race… Generally I do notice this for my marathon races. But this time, it feels a bit special. Will see why in…probably…9 days?…

Paris…9 days to go! (the REAL countdown has started!)

NOTE from  the end of the day… thanks to the massage (?), no pain felt in the HH during the rest of the day. Shoulders were a bit tired by the treatment, but the thighs, hips and bum were happy (OK, not fully, but better little than none). Missed the rehab in the morning and skipped it in the evening for 1) not interfering with what apparently the massage is doing and 2)…. no other reason 🙂

Pancakes + meetings + tempo = good day?

Third of a “good day”-serie… that’s always nice to have.

When the clock rang after only little sleep, there was only one obvious choice… to go back to sleep. Took forever to fall asleep as I was freezing. So 3 extra covers and a couple of hours later, I was able to start resting. And of course, after the clock rings and you decide to continue to sleep, the brain happily keeps you awaken… just to annoy you a bit.

So by 6:30am decided to get ready for pancakes (the thin ones). Started not perfectly and the rule is simple: “missed pancake is an eaten pancake” (i.e. if the pancake is not correctly done, then it should not be put on the plate to present for breakfast and should be eaten right away…). TWO missed pancakes later 🙂 and it was better. Got ready for a long network meeting. Drank too much tea, ate not enough during the morning (read: no snacks at all), compensate at lunch with the American buffet (took 2 hamburgers with fries and onion rings and little coleslaw… loading-I thought- for the evening run). More tea before leaving to the office and there…started with tea again. By 3am, the head was already turning, ready to faint (not sure why but could bet on a sugar-level drop) and got a banana and water. Helped for a while. Before leaving the office, took another banana and an apple. Thought this would be fine for the run.

BUT by the time I reached home, I felt pretty tired so changed right away and headed to the pavement. 4km boring warmup, really regretting I had my blue army long tights as for the past couple of runs, they feel a bit “tight” (ha ha ha! so funny…) in the sense the legs cannot really get the correct moves in them. Did not turn back home, stopped for easy stretch and get along for a tempo run not too fast. First km was WAY too fast and then the pace settled. By km3 regretted not to have G with me on the bike so to have a personal pacer and cheerleader, because it WAS that tough. Had to dig deep to remember that I was running far faster and for way longer in Dubai. This generally works, but today the mind was sluggish. No real good flow, felt my steps were too long, like someone double my heigh would do… Had two short stops during the run: no need to crush the body now, so close to the race. Better stop and rest than stupidly and stubbornly continue like I generally do… Ended with a very fast km and crawl back home afterwards… Nope, not the best tempo-run and far from it.

Noted that my left knee is not too happy lately and I put that on the change in the rehab exercises, as I added squats and this can be a reason for killing my knee. THEREFORE no more squat until further notice 🙂

Food was definitely needed: 3-fish soup with broccoli and cauliflower did the trick…I think. Got as well my flight booked for Paris and awaiting for confirmation of my room… But now it is time for bed before my front-head hit the keyboard and I wake up tomorrow morning with ERTYUI written on the chick…

Paris (Yaaaaawn)…10 (yaaaawn) days to (yaaaawn) go….(Zzzzzzzz Zzzzzzz Zzzzzzz).

Is Yoda really the coolest?…

And it was rest day again… Feeling like I am writing this way too often lately…

Even Yoda has insight about running...

Even Yoda has insight about running…

Got a quite long night, but still felt tired when the clock showed 6:45am…and it took a bit before getting up as well. Quick breakfast and work was the plan. Easy at work (meaning “no meeting back 2 back”, not that I had nothing to do….) and after an Indian lunch and very good discussion with a colleague (nice when great mind share their thoughts 🙂 ), aimed back home to take the afternoon work. A bit of silence is often helping for concentration.

But now to the point: Paris is in 11 days. A running colleague told me he did his best half marathon time on this course @1:15:XX….which made me check how it went in this same course for me, as I have run it twice already.

  • 2012: 1:40:25 – 2 nights of high fever the week of the race and no expectation at all for the race itself. PB 🙂
  • 2013: 1:30:04 – good vibes for the race, friend joining the race as well…the only annoying part was the time. Not that it was not good (new PB), but it was incorrect (net=brutto)
  • 2014:… SO if the trend continues this year, I should get sub80, right? 🙂

Have therefore checked with GET how cool that would be to do this…and the answer I got was “‘would be cooler if you were Yoda…”. Unsure I heard correctly I double checked and yes, apparently I am far from being the coolest…Yoda is…

So is life and I have now to revise ALL my objectives both for running and in life… 1:20 is not on the list and apparently does not matter much if I ever get there…Should get the “Star Wars” DVD next week and do a “Star Wars marathon”… (ha ha ha…if not the coolest, at least I am trying to be funny).

Finished the day with Rehab 2.0. Changed slightly the exercises, having hamstring bridge, planks (up to 60sec each of them… 7 of of them…), Swiss ball curl (2 legs and 1 leg), squats and of course Ulf’s kicks (done since last Tuesday as recommended). The squats are done with the Pilates ball in the back against the wall, so it is like sitting really. 30sec of each is making you feeeeeeel the fire in the thighs. It did kill my left knee a bit so when I laid down for the Swiss ball curls, the left knee felt a bit painful. But now a few hours later, it is gone.

NOW the working day is really finished after a full hour with a US colleague (they do go up early for our meetings we kindly set before lunch time CET, so it is nice to give back sometimes and take meetings late for us… 🙂 ) All set for tomorrow (I think). Unsure whether it will be a morning run alone in the dark or an evening run with a pulling bike on the side… Maybe I take a sleep-in until 6:00am tomorrow. A bit of luxury in the middle of the week cannot hurt, right? Tuesday was a good day. Wednesday was a  good day. Let’s keep this pattern up and running..

Paris…11 days to go… (really?…)

Third time’s a charm :)

Have you ever thought about sleeping with your gear on? so at least in the morning it gives some precious minutes to stay in bed…

Salute to Morning runs 🙂

Kindly borrowed from Hemingwayrun

The main effort this morning was to roll out of the bed… NO FUN at all! But once again, when this part is done, is left to jump into the gear and head towards the pavement. Planned for an eeeeeeasy run as none was done yesterday and the afternoon was focusing on the intervals. So easy it became. 12km in a spring-smelling-refreshing morning. Brilliant start. I knew it would be a good day 🙂
As usual the day continued with work work and work. Stop for lunch (trying to boost with iron so lunch meal was 2 eggs-omelette with spinach and potatoes. and a bit of luxury with a glass of pineapple juice… Then more work and when the drizzle started, it was time for dentist appointment. Run-tram-dentist-tram-run and hop! it was just to put the feet under the table and work some more 🙂

By end of afternoon, the rain had been falling almost non stop. A bit more than drizzle a bit less than regular rain… the “annoying” type for which you never know what to wear… My long tights being both a bit humid I hesitated to have one of them on for the run (I was going to be wet anyway…), but they felt a bit tight, to changed to 3/4 tights and compression socks. Regular wind jacket worked real well. Took a long(er) warmup (than expected) and THEN it happened for the third time in less than a week… NEW PB…on 400s this time! By 5 seconds, since start of January 🙂 Of course the rest of the first serie felt fine… but not the two other series. Acceptable time, but not more. BUT WHO CARES?!?! Third time’s a charm, right?

Rehab seems to workout well for the HH so just getting along with it. I did know that it was going to be a good day… I might not be always right, but most of the time, I am 🙂

Well back home, chicken tacos were already on the way and it was tricky not to close the eyes and let the head fall asleep in the middle of the dinner plate. Now it is time…

Got two interesting mails today: Rotterdam marathon indicating they have not received the confirmation email for Dubai time (sent on January 30th…) and Semi de Paris remembering all runners that it was only (!) 12 days before the race…

Time for bed – and more rest…Still not liking it, but might find it necessary to get flying legs at the end of the day 🙂

Monday, lazy Monday…

If Sundays are coming back fast, Mondays are arriving even faster…

A bit lazy to leave the bed when the clock rang, so skipped the core and stability workout planned…which was to replace the easy distance morning run… Did instead my quick serie of kicks, got dressed and it was time for work. Even though the rehab and the magic kicks seem to have an effect on the thigh/bum muscle (or was it the extra rest after Dubai? Or the session with the physiotherapist? Or was it just in my head?… No, the latter one can be taken away!), I did have to stand a few times during a 3-hours meeting. But no real ache. Felt a bit sad (read: annoyed…) not to have my gear at work because by lunch time Mister Sun was really out and played. More work indoors and it was already the end of the afternoon.

Have tried to load a bit today for tomorrow’s run (unsure it works really, apart for marathon carbload, but some say it may help). So from unhealthy but delicious chicken with bacon, green beans and French fries for lunch to home made “French” goulash soup in the evening (and a  few probably-unnecessary-nutella-toasts…) I think the body got enough to run tomorrow.

Ended the day with a long hour of core and stability. Effort pretty low, apart from the ball pikes and the Swiss ball curl one leg. Those two are just killer-exercises… But when they are done, this feels sooooo good 🙂

All set for tomorrow. Just a good night’s sleep and have a few things to check prior to Paris, for which I got my BIB today. Yippie…

Paris: less than two weeks to go…

And it was Sunday again…

Like any other week, it seems that Sunday arrives way too fast (or is it Monday coming too quick?…)

Today was real easy (Sun)day (the “Sun” is into brackets, because I seriously did not see it…). Planned for either easy recovery run or alternative training. But seriously did not feel like swimming nor cycling. SO, when it was time for laundry, I started three machines and headed to the pavement. Pretty nice in the air, took it extremely easy, ensuring a constant low pulse. After 6+km, time to empty the machine, hang the clothes and start new machines…and do a little more run. Was thinking of getting up to 10K but an incorrect turn got me to 12km. Same with the low pulse. So multi-tasking does work!

Rest of the day was chill-out, and resting. Body felt fine and when it started raining, it felt nice to be indoors! (of course the steadying, boring tv-watching (EXCEPT WHEN BOTH SWEDEN AND FRANCE WENT UP WITH A SMILE ON THE 1st & 3rd PLACE OF THE PODIUM in THE OLYMPICS (Cross-country relay) 🙂 ) and more clothes folding. Got some food prepared as well for the week.


Spent as well time checking flights to Paris and a bit for Copenhagen. Will have to check Rotterdam soon as well… Might look like I am a globetrotter, but would all the races be around home, it would ease my life a bit! Have also been thinking a bit (a lot) about the discussion I had with my coach, about why I run and what are my objectives aso… SO I started to make a plan (a secret one… so it won’t be revealed until I have checked a few things…).

My serious concern right now is my shoes for racing. I could not try the Adidas this week-end and cannot trust having the Kinvara for Paris…. Have to think a bit more here. Continuing to charge in iron (not for the blood value, but following the blood giving… won’t forget this one now!) and the rehab seems to improve (a bit) the tightness of the hamstring. I am hopeful…

Now, time to close the laptop and getting things ready for tomorrow.

In two weeks from now,… I will probably be on the way back home from Paris…

So You Think You Can Run?…

TGIF & TGIS are finally over… Pain fight pain, drills, cold, massage and long run… Ok, a bit more then…

After Thursday’s intervals, waking up early on Friday was on the menu, as well as getting a full 6-10km before training organised with work. NOT.A.CHANCE! The snooze function worked very well and then I had only 15 minutes to rush to the training…no easy pace really.. More warmup indoor (Yippie! This means running in shorts!). Serie of drills (and it is way tougher than doing it alone than when you have 20+ colleagues around…) and it was time for 400s intervals… Could not help it and followed the fast guys for their 2 first 400… After that took it as easy jog around the track while admiring all running along at their own pace and all fighting very well. After that, time for getting physical… 6 stations, 40 seconds each…(running in mat, lunge, steps, stability on line, jump above a bench) yeeeeaaaah! Finished with the heaviest cool down back home on icy pavement ever…
The day went fine, easy, full with meeting and work. So the evening rehab was done well and made it a double 🙂

Of course it is worth mentioning the painful massage got at lunch. Did ask to focus on the pressure points on the side of the hips as well as the hamstring. Not a chance it was planned to be nice. But the pain…the only reason for enduring this was that it would (or might?) be better afterwards…. Nope…it was not. But I knew it would be stiff the day after…(and it definitely was!)

Saturday, long run? Check! Rain? Check! No no no, rain was not in the plan. Little lazy me waited until the skies showed their better selves. Breakfast in front of boring olympic games (yep, sorry, I am more summer games than winter ones…). Gear on and started easy pace for 10km, with headwind (no need to write “of course”, because it is ALWAYS there..). A bit of stretch and turned back for a fast 5K. Tricky to push and get it right, but ok. Took it easy after that and one easy km. HR was probably reaching its max, so a bit of rest was fine. Started then with 4 km and this.was.tough…Had to stop twice but got the final half anyway completed. And then easy back home. First real long run since Dubai completed? Check! Took a magic mix (banana, 2 kiwi, 2 egg yokes, oat milk and spirulina for the green colour (:) )


Mums magic mix for after run

Then it was time for resting. 1.5hr with the legs up on the sofa sleeping… Woke up still tired but fought for not sleeping more. Early dinner was easy turned into a neapolitan pizza with guarana juice. More chillout, rehab in front of TV and soon time for bed…

Today’s training felt really heavy and tough. Of course, it was not really easy, but did not get why it wad SO difficult to complete it…until a kind running-buddy remind me that I gave blood earlier this week. So the long run felt a bit better…especially more after I noticed I ran my 5K 6 seconds faster than my best training time done in June 2013. So yes, this was a good long run.

Hoping for a good night’s sleep and then a good Sunday to all!

Snow, Rain…I do NOT welcome Thee…

Long day today and worth having a few minutes to write about it…

Late start (I guess?) with hitting the road @5:30am (yaaah, the clock rang from 4:55am…). Had planned to run in my “fashion victim outfit” (read: winter underwear + short shorts on the top), but seeing that it was a little rain falling, I skipped the idea and took regular long tights and the rain jacket. Good GREAT choice! Because the drizzling rain from when I crossed the door turned into a light rain after a few 100m. Was too focused on putting one foot before the other at this time. By km3 my fingers were officially cold AND I was REALLY annoyed by the rain that decided to fall RIGHT into my eyes (of_course_!). Headwind on the top of it (of_course_!) AND turned into snow flakes after a while (of_???? course!!!). So recap: rain, wind, snow… yes you got it: slush after km4 was everywhere. And my wind gloves were no longer protecting against anything (originally this is against the wind (therefore they are cold “wind-gloves”), but with rain and snow, they aren’t of much help…). Took really easy, had planned a 6min tempo and turned out into a 5:30-tempo. All good for a real-easy-recovery-run. By km10 I had discussed with myself (I do that sometimes while running…) and agreed that I would get to the hills and see how it felt before starting the serie. OF COURSE it felt good (ok, not the fingers, because by then I could already not feel most of them and had difficulty to stretch and change the music… I am not talking about the tricky part of pushing the buttons lap and start on my Garmin…). 10 times up&down until the red door 🙂 nice flying feeling which was just tainted at the end by the fact I could no longer FEEL I had fingers. So skipped the 1-2km planned for cooldown and took the direct way home (without passing by START…). Had to bite my gloves off my hands, pull my home key out of my inside pockets, (here I am not proud of what will follow…) took off my shoes in a really bad way (but seriously…fingers – shoes – fingers – shoes… OK, I choose fingers!), DIRECTLY to the bathroom under….HOT WATER (yes, for you who have done that before you understand the terrible and stupid mistake… for you who have NOT tested this, I strongly advise NOT to do it!) Turned out to burn even more (and therefore the tears, the shouting and really not thinking straight… Then it was the shower part (have you tried EVER to take off your clothes with frozen fingers?…). Took ca. 10minutes to stop yelling (by this time it was mostly in my head the yelling!) and then a few more minutes to get back to (almost) normal. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO START A DAY!!! Quick breakfast and headed to the office (of course it started to rain after 500m but this time the mascara stayed a bit better…)

Long day at work, especially three meetings in the same room with bad ventilation. So when getting back to my place, took a banana and an apple and really did not feel like running AT ALL. Well back home, took only a short time before jumping into my running gear and deciding to go for my interval workout (which was planned for yesterday, but could not do it as taking into consideration the blood giving…). Heavy legs during the warm-up (yeaaaah, good start…), the final accelerations felt like worse than ever (they always do, but today was even worse). A bit of stretching aaaaaand off I started. Too fast as usual, and then too heavy and then slowing down. The second interval is worth talking about: was pulled (!) by a skater during a bit more than half and passed him after that, making my fastest km since this autumn by 4 seconds… Of course (there are lots of “of course today”…so much logic in this world…) the following km felt heavy and slow BUT the one after that… became my fastest km ever since… a few minutes before… which made me happy. By now I had no choice (?) but turning back and run the 4 last intervals back home. 3 heavy intervals and then…taaaaadaaaaa… (took 10sec extra of rest…) and got to the EVER fastest km by 2 sec (since a few minutes before). So yes, it was a real tough session, was expecting tough and got some! So nice average for the run BUT not satisfied really because it was SO difficult to have a steady pace throughout the intervals. It is indeed easy to start fast, slow down and then increase back to fast at the end. This does not make it as a good interval (in my mind), but probably a fast one. Would be good to have a running buddy able to keep me from doing that during those “short” long intervals. A bit surprise with this outcome as well, due to the blood giving yesterday (and yes, I do think a bit that it was not too smart to do this run so close to the bloodgiving, but was soooo longing after running a bit faster than the (necessary) recovery runs I have had the past two weeks…

Summary of the day: 2 runs, hills, intervals, rehab and nicely tired. Just have to aim for the bed now and all will be solved by the time I wake up.

(and yes, I was SO glad that I did not have the same weather this evening because it would definitely not have ended that well…)

So You Think You Can Give Blood?…

(Just continuing the serie…)

Up not too early, the plan was to get a little run to the close-by Blood Center and give it a try. Would it work, then go for it and easy jog home and would it NOT work, then easy jog home anyway. Got a banana and little sandwich as well as water and off I went, real easy. A bit of chat at the arrival and off the nurse stack in my finger and the blood value was fine 🙂 Yippie! So blood giving it was. Stayed a little and took one more banana, 4 cookies, 1 apple juice with the extra iron tablet and 2 warm chocolate with milk. After this little rest, it was time to get back home. Planned to take a little detour to get up to 6km, but very short after hitting the pavement, my legs started to feel like “(over)cooked spaghetti”… So definitely took it pretty easy, just enjoying the run on “(over)cooked spaghettis-legs 🙂 Well back home, took more too drink (apple juice with spirulina, water, water and…did I mention water?). One more banana and one apple and off to work. Difficult to focus as a bit light-headed (does this mean anything in English?), but by the first meeting it was better. Ensured to drink a lot and ate regularly.

Yaaa, I was indeed happy to give blood… Just I forgot to remember the consequences that could be on training and racing. So during my break, did a bit of surfing aaaaaand… yaaaa, not too smart maybe. BUT as said to a friend, if me lowering my performance in training and racing can do good to someone needing blood, then I am happy for it. Race is NOT everything… (OK, it is a lot, not EVERYTHING… get a life I would say, but running and racing appear to be part of the little life of mine… so I stop talking now…).

Long afternoon, well, the hours felt like days really so I decided to take a 30minutes nap @4:30pm and it was a nice move. Woke up a bit fitter and could get along with the last meeting of the day. When this one was done, changed to running gear and went for an easy 12km in the night. Fashion-victim, beware! Not having any long tights (did wash them this morning) I had to adapt. Not a chance I run in short shorts by 3ºC, so it became having a winter long underwear with a short shorts on the top of it. Actually it looks pretty cool (well, 1) I don’t really care how it looks as long as it is working for running and 2) I do not see how I look when I run and even less the clothes I were…so all good!). The first km was a bit boring (and a bit long…) but soon before km2 beep on my watch, the music in my ears just was great. So got a nice acceleration just for that. No “(over)-cooked spaghetti – legs” feeling, but a bit tired indeed. Thought that I would cut by 10K but once on the road, the brain is just SO smart and telling “one more km this way will bring you to 6km and then on the way back you’ll finish @12km…”. Stopped a bit at mid-distance and then turned back home. Real nice run although could have stopped probably 10-12 times if not having the music driving me and my legs wanting to run and my brain enjoying…Oh, ya, and a final meeting with a US-colleague @8pm… Apple, gainomax and final work-meeting to do (so worth staying up late actually!).

Assessment of the day? Training? ok. Changed a bit due to the blood giving. Probably have to take it easy tomorrow as well (yes, sure…). Rehab still to do before sleeping. HH feeling juuuuust a little bit so this might means rehab is working? Work? ok – I guess. Still much to think about but having the running back is ensuring a safe balance for my state of mind and sanity 😉 Running? highly recommended 🙂

Aaaaand yes, just checked the countdown and Paris is only 18 days away. Cannot really get that into my mind…(but on the other side I am pretty tired right now!)

(forgot to tell as well: something happened today… Got TWO sun rays in the eyes while working this afternoon…strange feeling and warmth through the window… so nice to remind me that spring is on the way…)

So You Think You Can Talk?…

(yes, I can do a whole serie of “So You Think You Can…” :))

Early bedtime does not necessarily mean good night’s sleep. Following the suggestion of M, I did listen to an app making me to sleep. Well, I was really tired, so unsure the app helped a lot, but what I can tell is that I did not hear the lady voice counting no “6” (she was counting down 10 to 1). ALl good you may say? Well, not really. Woke up a bit feverish after midnight, cramp in the stomach and rushing to the bathroom was not an option but a necessity. Never happen really to just throw up in the middle of the night. So no it was not funny. (Or was it the lady voice hypnotising me and saying that I had to do that?…). Hummm, tried to get back to sleep. Not working. Listening to the app? not working (I did hear the whole countdown and the whole session as well until it stopped. Was even wondering if I should run it twice to have an effect…).

But when the clock rang @4:55am, the brain was happy, the throat was fine (did I say that I tried the 1tsp whisky, 3 tsp honey and a dash of lemon + warming the whole disgusting thing and getting it down the throat. THEN I noticed that tsp was teaspoon and not tablespoon…). Anyhow, no scratching throat meant “good to run”. Hitting the pavement @5:30am has its charm. Having DJ Eclipse music in the ears at the same time is the moment of the day I like. Just rolling… (ok, just running…). Decided for an easy 10K, then @km5 I turned right to the little slope and got to the 12K and then by km6, took a run around a block raising the bar to 14K. Hmmm, so nice feeling. Even passing beside the bakery factory was nice (aka they did not bake the cinnamon buns this time, but another thing that was smelling yummy…). All went really fine, so decided to include drills as well (and once again, planned to do it @km8, (but I was then under a little bridge) then km9 (but it is so close to km10…) and then km10 (not a chance I stop this nice pace…) and km11 (nope. Not stopping at an odd km-number…) SO it turned out to be km12 that had the honour to be the start of stretch and drills session. Still a bit unsure what drills are best to do, so included indian jumps, butt kicks, forward kicks, crabs and the whole thing twice (with light jog or walk between each drill). After that, the plan was to get right back home, but took the right side of the block and pushed the run to 15km 🙂 Nice start for the day, I would say.

It is only after I got back home that I noted that something was a bit odd. As my throat was a little rusty and scratchy yesterday, I had 2 neck warmers during the run (a bit overkill you may say, but it was actually nice to have it warm there). Tried to talk… not a sound… Got a hot shower…tried to talk…still no sound… rushing to my mobile to sms work-colleague and find a backup plan for the 3-hours session I had planned this morning. Not working so had to postpone it to next week and after that worked from home with regular hot tea with loads of honey in it (I took the green tea with ginger and honey… plus extra honey… Hope this will work…)

By lunch time, the voice was back (a little) but the scratching too 😦 Enough voice for a friend chat and got some boost for both training and work. Rest of afternoon sitting on Pilates ball in meeting (so the bum is resting a bit from hard chair sitting!). Call from the doc indicating all looked good in the test apart from too high (!) blood value and level of iron. So had a new test done to check another thing. But good news was that the iron level was higher (ok, too high, but higher is better than lower…). After that had planned to go and give blood as the doc indicated it was fine. Stupidly forgetting my ID card, I could not give any 😦 Drop-off my faulty contact lenses and then ran to training arena to meet my coach F2F (never met but after three races and training camp). Nice to exchange ideas and got an additional rehab exercise. Then ran back home, ate quick a soygurt with cereals and honey and then time for rehab. Changed a bit with less reps (10 instead of 15) but doing two series. Way better and felt easier a bit (especially the swiss ball curl one leg!).

Rooibos tea with lots of honey and time for bed already arrived… Training program settled and indeed Paris is at the corner!!!

(btw… the voice is almost back but gosh! the scratching is killing me 😦

So You Think You Can Rest?….

Night out of this world, with weird dreams, made the wake up real nice 🙂 Easy morning with a bit late start for work (9am instead of 8am…) and then the Monday show just started. Meetings, preps, debrief…lunch, more meetings and time for getting back home.

Changed to running gear but only to go to the shoes store. They had got a pair of ASICS Gel DS Skyspeed 3 for my size since the week before Dubai marathon, and have not had the chance to get there before today. The DS Sky Speed 3 (I noted only yesterday that “Sky Speed” is written with TWO words and not ONE as I usually do…) had been tried last year, but they felt a bit strange compared to Sky Speed 2 (SS2) and therefore I did not get any and continue to race on the Sky Speed 2 I have. But now it start to get urgent to find a replacement for the SS2. So why not give the SS3 a second shot? On the treadmill for a quick test and nope… same as earlier. Not same comfortable feeling, felt a bit heavier as well, having on the plus side pretty cool green and pink colours. But I am unfortunately not running on colour…

Tested my SS2 again (Hmmmmm, so nice 🙂 ) and then my Saucony Kinvara (first outing since this dreadful summer where I hurt my Achilles tendon). Still nope for the SS3. So now I am facing a dead end. Got recommended to check Adidas (!!! and me who is soooo loyal to ASICS… will I try Adidas really?). The Adizero Adios 2 and Adizero Adios Boost models. But the shoe store had none of those models. So I will have to continue my search. Next race is less than 20 days ahead so the SS2 (alternative the Kinvara) will be the preferred choice. But would be good to have something for Rotterdam in April…

Well back home under drizzling rain, was REALLY tempted to get out again for a run, but a bit tired (and yes, have to say that I have a scratching throat as well since this morning) so I chose to stay home and headed for a long core & stability workout. One hour and a couple of minutes later, warm shower and food in the belly, time for a little more work for tomorrow and now drinking hot Rooibos tea with lots of honey. Hope this help! Planning a morning run tomorrow, so it is out of question to go for the “hot whisky with honey”-home cure 😦 (and yes, it IS disgusting!).

Rest day then. The body seems to appreciate a bit of rest, but the mind wants to wander around a bit more! So time for bed now and hopefully will be well-rested and with a nice and clear throat tomorrow!

Paris…20 days ahead 🙂

Weekly update? Rehab, rest, more rehab, more rest…ooooh and a bit of running, and stress and…

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Had expected a busy week…turned out to be a crazy one… which is the reason for having a long full-week post instead of small daily updates.

Let’s rewind to Monday – this is still week 1 after marathon, so keeping the running to the lowest, agreed with that (!!!) and to have some alternative training to keep the body active. Well this latter part is just NOT working. I cannot just jump on my bike if I wake up @5am and no gym in the neighbourhood where I could just pop in at this time of the day… Swimming? apart from jumping in the channel, I could not see any alternative as the swimming pools do not open before 6:30 or 7am…. (WHO sleeps so late really?!?!?). Anyway, having this said, Monday went quite smoothly, lots of preps to do, got a deep massage and a late lunch. The day passed without really noticing it and then it was time for the strength session of the week. Got the rehab exercises incorporated in it. So all-in-all, Monday was a good (rest)day.

Tuesday started early – could not just stay in bed after being awaken for a while so 5:19am 🙂 I had already hit the pavement for a r.e.a.l.l.y. s.l.o.w. run. Tried to keep low pulse, and at this pace, that was no challenge. Great to start the day this way, the legs wanted it really (and yes the brain did benefit from a bit of fresh air). Temperature of +4ºC, just great really and this was the first time (of many…) this week were I considered having my shorts on. Try to keep the flattest route as possible, which means quite a boring outing. But this is ALL for the good of the body, right? Then the day went on with meeting, meeting ooooh and one more meeting, lunch with friend, prep for meeting aaand more meeting and finally ending the day with a …meeting (do you see a pattern here?…). Extremely tired and with the worse headache, I just went back home and lay down with wet towel on the forehead. Would have given my kingdom (if I had any…) for a quick run in the evening… Instead I did my rehab session including the golf ball. Strangely, the golf ball is not really painful. BUT the side of the hips ARE. Crazy pressure points showing pain ALL-THE-WAY… so of course I stop pushing them when it hurts…actually, I don’t! I push until the pain is disappearing and this sounds really like “searching for pain”, but if this is necessary to have it gone…just do it then! Regarding the rehab, have set a plan for 25 days (until Paris) so to cut into few parts instead of seeing it as daily routine (yes, it might turn into daily routine, but right now, I cannot run, so better having some objectives set on something else to keep my sanity of mind 😉 )

Late up on Wednesday, went directly from bed to rehab (and late means 6:20am…). Good to have this done before work. Real good meetings in the morning, nice lunch with friend and then final preps for presentation and meeting with worldwide colleagues in the afternoon before aiming back home. Pretty tired. Have been feeling dizzy since Monday from time to time. Have thought it was the air at the office or the wonderful mix I take like 3 times a year (cappucino+hot chocolate), but nope. No reason. Could be stress but generally this is translated into heavy stiff shoulders. So more sleep maybe? yaaaa, probably, but this does not explain dizziness+headaches. Anyway, took a bit of air in the evening when picking up E: missed my tram and the next one was 6minutes after, so decided to walk to the next stop. By then I had a good warm-up, change my course and headed to the pick-up place instead… reaching it way before the tram I was supposed to take arrive. So yes, my 2-pence advice? walk (at a good tempo) – it is WAY faster than waiting for the tram-taking-it, being transported to your destination… Late bedtime as had a lot to jungle with, among other things final rehearsal for Thursday presentations, cleaning and clothes hanging and oooh yes… a birthday cake to bake…

So when the clock rang @4:15am on Thursday, I actually had slept only…… ok, a few hours. So not yet reached the deep sleep pattern, it was ok to go up, get dressed and aim for the street again. Soooo nice to run in the morning fresh air. Had rained during the night and it is the nicest feeling to breathe such air. Got once again a bit boring flat route, but slightly faster than Tuesday, without effort nor thinking (OK, I did think about what shape I was drawing in the street while running and actually from the turtle-shape I had planned, it turned out into an antelope upside-down …. yaaaa, I know… all for occupying the mind….). Followed directly with the rehab… Indeed, for this particular Thursday I would have wished to have 37 hours to get all done, but unfortunately my order was not delivered in time and still had only 24 hours to make it work… Fastest shower ever, dress and then birthday wake up. Then all pretty fast, going to work – work-work-work and then back home. Work stress back – hot tab not helping at all, quick drink with colleagues to say goodbye to one of us leaving to another department and then finally birthday celebration in a Corean restaurant. Good to aim for the bed this evening, I can assure you…

Friday started a bit dizzy, still stress from work, but less. Having no running to counterbalance, it is pretty tricky I would say. Lots of work done, checking as well for rehab and starting to realize that Paris was not THAT far away… Cosy evening including rehab in front of a movie 🙂 One more full-rest day. Been checked by the doc for having a health certificate for Paris and passed. A bit of tests to be run for the dizziness, could be missing vitamins or iron or whatever… of course, missed the last pick-up for the test so had to come back on Sunday morning…

You may expect that the weekend would be easy and peaceful then… you cannot be more wrong. Saturday was a busy one. Up with the light (actually BEFORE the lights in the sky), got my new shoes on and then aimed for an easy run. Felt pretty slow in my head but when checking the clock it was way faster than planned. Stopped after 6km for some drills (nice to do 🙂 and then moved along doing a nice circle-like route. 16km – longest run since Dubai. HR a bit higher than previous run, but this time 1) I did not focus on having a slow pace and 2) did not think about having a low pulse neither. After the bit stressful-crazy-busy week, I consider that a bit of higher HR is fine. Rehab done right after. Then started the beginning of the day 🙂 Pancakes for breakfast, talk about training and then preparation of evening with guests. Gosh, what this day felt long and busy. But so nice ending it this way 🙂

Sunday‘s start was thanks to a siren of a car beeping in the morning (otherwise would have gladly stayed in bed!). Change to running gear (yaaaa… always have it ready on the sofa does help in the morning, when you need some convincing…). Got to run a bit everywhere, finally taking a few km from Sylvesterloppet (ran in December) and then the final km of Göteborgsvarvet (to be run in May again). All under drizzling rain, which was pretty nice and refreshing. All monsters up when I got back home so did my rehab before breakfast and it was already time to go to the doc for taking the tests. Waited a bit after that for G, but it took too long time so skipped it in order to ensure the logistic for the rest of the day could hold! Drop-off at soccer practice, a bit of shopping (spiruline and linseed oil), lunch at Subway and then time to go back home. By then, T and I were pretty tired so went for a nap while the other small ones played more soccer. One hour nap later and had to check what I had purchased for disgusting things. The oil is just repulsive to drink and the spiruline is having this abominable colour (thanks for its lack of taste and smell!). So it went down but I seriously doubted it would STAY there! Easy rest of the afternoon and now it is dark and feeling like night… Have to get ready for a new week starting… Hopefully with way more run, still rehab and rest and skip the stress…

Week summary? pretty simple as the title of the post indicated: lots of rest, lots of rehab, way too much stress and way too little running. Good that the weather is better (sorry kids! the snow is gone and adults are happy for that!). A bit tricky to compensate the little running by something else this week. Have to find a “backup plan” for future rest weeks! But I think that it was good to have this rest. High hamstring (if this is what it is meant by my “thigh/bum muscle”) feels better (or at least not worse). But it is just there. Like this AC-noise you notice when entering a room and that disappear after a while. You just do not notice it, but it is still there…until you notice it again! SO… had time as well to look at the next races and it just feels SO EXCITING really. Rehab is boring, rehab is necessary…let’s continue then!

OMG! Paris…21 days to go!!!


Week 0 or time to fix this pain in the butt…


Summary week 20140129-20140202

Wednesday felt miserable. Snow everywhere, back to work starting to sink in (well, it did since Monday, but Wednesday if half-way through the week, right?…). Remained on “Rest” mode as a bit unsure what to do really. The snow ain’t my enemy but ain’t my friend either… Fully enjoyed (almost?) my massage at lunch time. Good to have a short break from early work start and planned to be late work. Back and shoulders were all good. Coming to the lower right side, bum and thigh felt fine as well (of course, there are pressure points which are generating nice pain, but overall felt fine). The calf was a bit sensitive, but considering I recently ran a marathon… you got the picture!). On the left side however, it started fine for of course getting to the trigger points which are PAINFUL (and here I mean PURE pain). Side of the thigh and hip felt similar (yeaaaaay! 😦 ). We checked the right adductor as well and the recommendation was to massage and do pressure from time to time. Evening spent checking a school as well and then bedtime to catch up on some sleep (apparently the sun tan makes me look tired…).

So I started Thursday well rested and with a short real easy recovery run in the freshly fallen snow/slush/icy parts. Of course it was enjoyable to be moving those legs, but really? did I run a sub3-marathon less than a week ago when I can barely move forward in a decent pace in all this slush all around?!?!? And nope, I did not make any effort to increase the pace because 1) it is NEVER fun to run in snow/slush and 2) my anti-slip under my shoes felt like not keeping in place correctly so I had to attach them back a couple of time until km9 when I got bored, took them off and ran on half-slippery pavements (BUT at least the legs felt like normal again!). Pretty easy pace, tried to keep HR under 75% of max (and not knowing my max pulse, I can set the “75% of max” to whatever I want 🙂 good to be back on track, I thought. No pain, little sensitive calf, but could be whatever. I decided as well to call for help to the French community here and got suggested to meet C, French physiotherapist who could meet me right the same day. This was brilliant, because I could not get time to any physiotherapist I called before that. The verdict was pretty simple: “Why did you wait to come and being checked?..:” (…whatever…). He checked the bone structure stuff, nothing was misplaced (which is a good sign, right?) meaning this was all muscle-related (which is a less good sign, right?). His diagnos was as follow: – chronic tendinitis ischial tuberosity (left side) – this is my “thigh/bum muscle pain that has been coming on and off for a year or so, tendinitis adductor (front – right side) – this is the strange pain that popped up twice since Dubai and tendinitis level of insertion of quadriceps (right side) – a bit unsure here, but there was definitely some pain… Well, the good news is that despite having a chronic tendinitis, he suggested it could not be too “advanced” as I could run and it was going on and off. Despite this, it was high-time to fix it. Serie of suggestions: rest (!), MTP, voltaren (!), voltaren pack w/plastic film overnight (!), shockwave, stretch, ice, golfball massage 😦 Regarding the Voltaren part, I felt already I would not do it after having had this not recommended. Amplified by S telling it was a big “no no” for those tendons. For the “rest”-part, of course it may be better with some rest, but having had some rest during the past year and not noticing any difference nor improvement, this will be on the list but like “as usual”. Deep tissue massage and stretch definitely on the list. Golf ball massage is not my favourite, but if I have to go through this to get rid of this pain, so be it! Shockwave therapy has not been proved being good nor bad for the (high) hamstring tendinitis (HHT), so I will wait before this. SO, ended with a session including back manipulation, extreme stretches and recommendation for more rest. Which I am taking seriously because if there is a moment this year I can settle for some rest, this is this week 0.

Friday felt like too early starting with early meeting, and then cancelled meeting, replaced by another meeting, lunch with nice company and more meetings in the afternoon. TGIF! The day ended with more snow and seriously (I am very serious in this post…) I am pretty fed up with this weather… Easy-cosy evening and more rest.

Saturday was under the “rest” sign. Yes, it burns every inch of the body not to go out for a run (I even could consider using what A called the “hamster-mill”… yes, sounds desperate, and I might feel this way!). Took non-inflammatory tablet in the morning and took cold treatment as well. Despite the lot of walking, it felt … nothing! The left hamstring was exactly in the same shape and the right one. By mid-afternoon I felt pretty tired so took a hot bath, more ice treatment afterwards and 1,5hour of sleep later… did feel like more sleep would be great to have! Long talk to get some thoughts out of my mind, get some suggestion on running and overall having a long nice discussion… Cooking then and watching tv before bedtime. Rest day… I think I might have reach my limit here…

Up with the birds (which are probably in warm Africa now, but still wake up early…), I aimed for an easy run on Sunday morning. After having spent Friday evening in front of cosy movie and surfing on all what google can provide about hamstring tendinitis and how to solve this,… I decided to settle for flat route. Nice in the air, I was a bit sceptical about the twinkle little stars on the pavement…ICE! so carefully run back and forth and yes, running along the water is NOT a good idea, when icing is in progress. Spent the rest of the day at G&E indoor athletics competition so when reaching home late afternoon, I needed to shake a bit my legs and ran a double run (same as this morning – slightly faster but without really doing it on purpose). This evening was however way more icy on the pavement and had to be extremely careful with my running (or almost walking…). Anyhow, just finished now all the clothes folding, preparing for tomorrow’s breakfast and time for joining Morpheus has arrived.

Full rest week… time to get this pain in the rear disappear for good really! Have settled for taking another easy recovery week (week 1) which anyway was planned to have a minimal mileage of running. But will see how the legs and body feel. Alternative training like indoor bike is almost as boring as dreadmill-running… But if it is the cost to pay to get this butt right… Will start with a rest Monday and deep tissue massage again. Sounds nice and enjoyable, but I promise that it will be far from it. Once again, price to pay for getting it fix, I am happy to do it.