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Archive for February, 2014

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.

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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 (:) )

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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…

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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.

Tjingeling!