Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Still Not Feeling 100%

I think I need a few good early nights to reset the system. Really struggled to get up this morning - but software doesn't write itself while you sleep - which is bloody shame. Actually got on really well with it after the extra strong coffee was in the bag. Light training tonight and having found the rower a struggle I need to make those early nights a priority... 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Finally Feeling Better...

I've been feeling rough for few days. It came on me Thursday and only now do I feel back to normal. Stupidly I got my kit ready for Saturday's Four Fans race - but saw sense before I headed over. Disappointed to have missed one of the best South Wales races of the calendar but better to have run away to come back and fight another day...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Too F*(kin' Hot For Running...

I almost melted. At one point I was sweating so much I think my sweat was actually sweating! I wasn't long into the run, on the first climb when I realised I was not going to make the planned ten miles. These temperatures really do not suit me and I cut it short. I finished with twenty on the gym bike as I watched more of the Olympics. To say I was dripping would be an understatement.

If the temperatures don't cool down significantly then I may have to reconsider the Four Fans. Being stuck out in these temperatures in the mountains is not something I particularly fancy.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Easy Loosener

Didn't want to replicate my last run and get dehydrated and do something to my leg. Just a little pootle to test there was no issues - and there weren't. A bigger run planned tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

I Appear To Have Slightly Knackered My Leg

Left leg is still painful to run. I don't want to prolong things so I took it easy today with a bike session. The action of pedalling doesn't seem to be a problem. Only the running...

Monday, August 08, 2016

Got Myself A Little Dehydrated

Struggled a bit on today's training run. I decided on a run through the woods local to home. I was initially thinking of running the Malverns but being another hot day I wanted to try and keep myself under cover as far as possible. As it turned out I'm glad I stayed local.

I headed up to Hobbs Quarry before heading through Blaisdon Wood. Interestingly my GPS shows I was 20 seconds quicker on the Hobbs climb but that was pretty much the only highlight of the run over and done with inside the first ten minutes. Then it was over to Flaxley Wood before heading into Edgehills Plantation - or was it the Haywood Plantation? It was really the track through the middle.

Anyway, as I headed into - we'll settle on calling it the Edgehills Plantation - I started to get a bit of pain on the side of my left leg near the knee. Added to that I started to flag in the heat. From there on in it was all a bit of a struggle. By the end of the run, the run-in being along the Gloucestershire Way, my left leg felt okay again but I was feeling knackered.

I downed a few pints of water once I got home so I'm thinking I was pretty dehydrated. Need to make sure I don't repeat that tomorrow but it does explain why I really struggled. In all I covered just over 17km with 550m ascent.

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Thought I Was In For A Soaking...

Through the day the winds had been gusting outside and by five there were some pretty iffy looking dark clouds forming. Having spent an almost uninterrupted eight and a half hours sat at my desk I was not going to not head out for a run and as it turned out the rain kept at bay.

It was a modest run. Up through Hobbs quarry, across to Blaisdon woods and then back along the road. I didn't really flow. I should probably have done some kind of warm up. When I got back I put in 25 minutes on the bike. And that was that.