Monday, 14 November 2016

Pile on the Miles 2016: Week II

With my cold/flu officially something of the past, I'm happy to report that Week II of Pile on the Miles 2016 was a success!  Here's a reminder of the goals I set for November:

1.  Run four times a week (i.e. be consistent in my training); and
2.  Gradually (and injury-free!) build my longer runs up to 12 km as a base for half-marathon training, which starts in December.

And here's how I did:

Monday       ---> Rest day.  I hate not working out on a Monday, but my body asked for a break after back-to-back running days, so I listened.  Foam-rolled with Miss K and J Bear instead.  

Tuesday       ---> A super windy 5 km beach run, followed by a quick dip in the ocean and a protein smoothie.  I can honestly repeat this routine every single Tuesday for the rest of my life and never get tired of it - bliss!    

    
Wednesday  ---> Another glorious day weatherwise, plus my legs wanted to run so bad!  But, after an intense mental debate, I decided to take a rest day instead, as planned, since I'm nursing a little hip twinge...  More foam rolling.

Thursday  ---> Ahhhhhh, rainy runs - don't you just love them?!  I clocked 7.11 rainy kilometres with legs feeling strong and rested - happiness!  Plus there was no sign of the hip twinge --> success.



Friday  ---> Foam rolled and took it easy otherwise.

Saturday     ---> parkrunday!  I'm not going to lie, though: After almost a week of getting soaked several times a day, the last thing on earth I felt like was being cold and wet yet again.  In a shameful moment of temporary madness I even considered skipping my beloved parkrun...  But I'm SO glad that I didn't: We sploshed through ankle deep puddles and streams, squealing with delight like little kids.  I totally felt like the grown-up version of J Bear - run of the week, for sure!

I also ran to and from parkrun after a quick warm-up, taking my mileage for the day up to 9.2 km. 


Happiness!  [Photo by Jeff Stark.]

Sunday   ---> I decided to take a rest day instead of doing a short run, as planned, since my first race on New Zealand soil is... Monday!!  My legs were still pretty tired after Saturday's longish run, and I knew that a rest day would be much more beneficial than junk miles on tired legs before the race, so I rested and foam rolled instead.  Super nervous and very excited - watch this space!

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I had so much fun linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap last week that I'm doing it again today.  Thanks again for hosting, ladies!



Happy Monday!



24 comments:

  1. I love your smile as you're running through that deep puddle. I don't think I'd be as happy! The trail looks really pretty though.

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    1. It's such a lovely place to run, Jennifer - I've run there so many times now and my eyes still can't get enough!

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  2. Great job on your rainy run. I hate running in the rain. That is some dedication there. Glad to hear your hip wasn't bothering you.

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    1. I'm SO thankful about the hip too! Rest days suck, but they're so needed ;) .

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  3. How fun to splash through puddles like a kid! I have those same struggles over rest days. I always take Monday as rest but any other day, I feel guilty for some reason. I'm glad the issue with your hip didn't linger. My hip was a little cranky as I began my race yesterday. Thankfully, once it got warmed up it was fine. Thanks for linking, Karien!

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    1. Hope your hip issue is gone for good!

      I know rest days are so necessary, but, especially when the weather is good, I really struggle to sit out. Got to giggle when all your rest days for the week are sunshiny and bright and the running days are all cold and wet, lol!

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  4. Good luck with your race! I heard there was an earthquake in NZ? Hopefully it didn't affect you.

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    1. Thanks so much, Wendy!

      Wow, we felt the earthquake pretty bad last night. We jumped up and ran to the kids' room as it started and literally had to hold on to the walls not to fall over! But we're extremely thankful to be safe and unharmed. x

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  5. Running in the rain is fun but wow, that puddle is deep! Way to go! Have a great race!

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    1. Thanks, Sherry!

      Haha, I kind of galloped through the (deeper) puddles like a horse with high knees in order not to trip over something that I couldn't see...! :) :) :)

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  6. So hard to not run when you really want to! Good luck with your race!

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    1. I KNOW! Especially on a warm, sunny day...!

      Thanks, Christy!

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  7. looks like a fun week of training! puddles are awesome, sometimes ;)

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    1. I'm not used to this much water at all, ha! But when life gives you lemons..., right? ;)

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  8. Your Tuesday's routine sound like something I could so do!!
    I do love the rainy run smile! Running in the rain is rather cleansing don't you agree? Thanks Karien for linking up with us!

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    1. YES! There's just something about a rainy run that's so invigorating and cleansing... I love it!

      Thanks again for hosting, T!

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  9. Ag Saar hoe heerlik lyk dit nie nie! En ja, meeste sou maar tuis bly, maar na so baie Kalaharisand is heerlike reenwaterpoele mks nou net wat die Dr georder het. Jou joynis aansteeklik, dankie! (mykinders se maatjies se verkoues ook, blykbaar... ek sit al 5 dae op die kant...) Lief vir julle xxxx

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    1. Hehe, PRAAAAAT jy! Hoe wens ek tog ek kon net 'n bietjie van hierdie nattigheid oorstuur Kalahari toe...!

      Ai, hoop tog jy voel gou beter, Saar - is mos goor verby om so uit te sit.

      Lief jou. xxxx

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  10. What a splashy week. Great job swimming ... er, running through all the damp weather.

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    1. Thanks so much, Patricia! It went swimmingly! ;)

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  11. You sound to be really enjoying yourself in Kiwi country, even in the rain. I tend to run four days a week too - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - and similar distances to you. Instead of a protein smoothie post run I normally have a glass of Chocolate milk (Belgian double chocolate from the local supermarket). Hope the race goes well. Happy running.....

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    1. That chocolate milk sounds really good!! Thanks, Gordon - happy running to you too!

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  12. I wish we had Park Run here. Although I could go for it without all those puddles! Yikes!

    Glad you are feeling better!

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer! We can usually tiptoe around the puddles, but Saturday was unusually wet...!

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