Running longer and faster… a few thoughts…

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Meet my new “friend”…

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This bike will be my friend for a little while…

 

One week has passed since being back from Dubai and still not running.

Monday was travel-day. Leaving 3:35am for arriving after lunch at home, loosing approximately 20°C during the trip and being welcomed by snow, rain and cold. I knew I should have stayed in Dubai… Took this day as rest day.

Tuesday this week was dedicated to finding out what was wrong with me left foot. First a 40-minutes wait before getting to the doctor, regular check of the foot. Walked on the toes and then on the heels. All ok. The doc suggested as well that it could be overwork. But really? After one week doing nothing, it should feel a bit better and not worse. Because now it feels even when I walk… Got sent to take an X ray of the foot. To check whether it could be broken or a stress fracture or nothing. Walked slowly to the xray place. Took 6 minutes including the wait for my turn and I walked back home. Checked with the doc if I could/should go to the physiotherapist now or wait for the results of the xray (which are taking up to 4-5 days…). So biked to the physio Erik S. and there, got him to press on my foot, compare both feet and conclude that until we know for sure if there is or not a stress fracture, it was better to just bike or run in the pool. And avoid all foot-specific workout. Back home and more work to do.

Wednesday turned into a rest day as well. Lots at work to catch up as well as trying to figure out where I could be training as biking outdoor seemed impossible due to the weather and the next two weeks program includes bike and water-running. Cannot run in my bath-tub…

Thursday, time to raise from the ashes!!! And move that butt a bit. Long day at work and directly followed by interval workout on bike outdoor in the dark. Worked quite well actually. A bit unsure what “tempo-pace” is while biking, so took the fastest I felt I could. 3*(2-4-6 minutes). Woke up the body pretty well. Quick shower afterwards and directly to the cinema to watch an Indian movie on the court system there. (forgot to eat right after the bike, so had to buy a vanilla bun before the movie…). Good movie, but after a long working day and bike workout, I felt pretty tired and my eyes closed themselves a few times… No problem to fall asleep after that.

And finally it was Friday. Early start, work and chat with the physiotherapist Anna. When the day was complete, went to the gym closest to home to try a free session. Bike. Intervals on time. Got to drink my water bottle and lots of sweat. Stretch. And bought a gym-card, so I could bike indoor at any time of the day while my foot was not back on track.

Real slow start to the weekend. Saturday lunch arrived after a bit of tv-watching and then time for workout. Bike indoor. 3*10 minutes. Increase of pace every two minutes to reach tempo-pace. Once again, nor knowing really what to refer to, I arbitrarily decided on the rpm to have. The final two minutes of each serie went however way fatter than I thought I could handled, being at the end of the 10-minutes interval. All good. Especially when noticing there is a little fan on the top of the bike… Could be handy when biking for a while and getting sweat! Rest of the day turned into easy at home. And late in bed after movie almost watched to the end… 2.5 seconds and I was gone to Dreamland…

Final day of the week, Sunday started to early for my taste. But had to get prepared breakfast for the first one to get to the athletics competition. Took this time for getting in the mat for a core&stability workout. Not to good balance on the left foot… But not too much better on the right one either! Anyhow, took 26+minutes. Time to jump into bike-shorts and off to the gym. Good to see that “my” bike was available. Decided to go for a hill program, 60 minutes. Started the little fan on low after a couple of minutes and it was just to pedal pedal and pedal more. Lots of water drinking again, but thanks to the fan (?) did not feel really sweaty. Light stretch and back home. In shorts and bare legs. Through the streets with snow and 2°C outside. The large plate of pasta with green peas and ham felt well-deserved after this workout 🙂 Not much rest after that, as it was high time for the afternoon indoor-athletics competition. Got to find some Gatorade (which was not possible before here in this cold country…). As well as having new references for 600m (E) and 800m (G) for how fast I should be running my intervals in the near future… Challenge is on! Still snow outside. Chill out rest of the day, preparing for a fully-booked week ahead. One more week with bike and water-running workouts. Hope to get at least once to the swimming pool…and that the Xray will show something or nothing, but at least that can start taking care of this foot of mine…

Great week to you! Keep on running (or biking, or swimming, or walking…)


A different day

So the day started perfectly after a great night of sleep. Had a nice evening out with girlfriends, talking about everything possible on earth (ok, lots on our little self, but great indeed!). Indulge myself with a drink (we were celebrated!) AND a dessert (sometimes, you should not take “no” for an answer 😉 ). Evening later on spent on tidying a bit home before business trip of today. So despite feeling a bit down before the cleaning of the home, the night was peaceful and rested I woke up this morning.

Good start for a dinner!

Good start for a dinner!

Temptation until the end!

Temptation until the end!

After work, had packed my bag for business travel in the end of afternoon and just had to buy this smoothie at the airport…Seriously?

Do you?

Do you?

Did not see nor feel the plane taking off. Was already in the arms of Morpheus… Woke up in the air and time for some food. Generally never take sandwich on the plane as 1) they most likely have butter on them and 2) they generally do not look appealing. But this time I did receive a special meal “Non lactose”, which actually was looking good and was good. Hopefully my stomach will confirm! On the top of that, had a glass of water with lemon and a warm tea with lemon as well 🙂

Yummie dinner?

Yummie dinner?

Really lactose-free?

Chocolate, Yummie!

Chocolate, Yummie!

Finally arrived at the hotel, took a couple of minutes to change to my gear (More Miles short – Yippie!, NY singlet and running shoes): IMagine my disappointment when finding out that there was no running machine… So workout on the cross-trainer did the trick (more or less!). 10 minutes warm up (with 3 min fast in the middle) then 20 minutes mixed (3min semi-fast, 2min backward, 6min fast, 2min backwards, 5min fast, 2min cool down). Felt fine. No real sweat nor tiredness. But good feeling. Following this by shower (hot hot hot, especially on the thigh… Unsure if good for it, but nice it was!). Massage of the left thigh with the thai liniment (haaaa burning when applying it and soooooo sold afterwards!). Good night talk on the phone and then update of this post.

Now time for sleeping really to ensure a good shape for tomorrow (planning a light training in the morning before work… Will see how it goes!)

Dubai: 8 days to go…..