The Road to London #Week 12

Biking and swimming isn’t like running. It just isn’t. This week, like a crazed animal, I’ve tried to up my effort levels to try and feel as if I’m working my body. At the beginning of the week I tried running for a mile but my ankle felt a little sore as each minute passed so I turned around and went home.

Getting retaped @Knott Kinetics

Getting retaped @Knott Kinetics

Tuesday I decided on a bike-swim-bike, which felt good and I so wished I could add a mile or two run on to the end. This would have been foolish so I didn’t, what I did was a roundabout route to the pool with a steep hill, 9 x 50m efforts then zipped home as quick as I could. It was short but momentarily my legs were on fire.

The news wasn't great at the physio

The news wasn’t great at the physio

Wednesday I felt itchy so drove to the Mountbatten Centre pool in Portsmouth as there are two Olympic size pools and one is deep at both ends. I attached my trusty flotation belt round my waist and ran in the water, with a warm up, 4 x 6min 40secs (to replicate my 4 x 1 mile on the road) then a warm down before dashing to get Sienna next door from the gymnastics centre where she trains. It’s really hard to judge perceived effort in the pool as I didn’t have my heart rate monitor on, but I tried to push myself for each rep so I was out of breath the whole time. I felt a little bit shy as I trundled very slowly up and down the lanes while I puffed – most of the deep pool had the swimming club in for training. I caught a few glances from lifeguards/swimmers who were obviously thinking What is she doing? I just gave them my ‘I-have-to-do-this-as-I’m-an-injured-runner-obsessed-with-doing-a-marathon-next-month’ smile.

Biking bliss

Biking bliss

Thursday it was a really hard, short session on the turbo that gave me jelly legs. It really helped burn off my I-can’t-run angst, for a while. Coach David (more aware than most of my inner turmoil and tetchiness?) the duathlon demon wanted me to work hard (give him a break?) so gave me:

10 mins warm up with
– 3 mins in the first gear
– 3 mins in a harder gear
– 3 mins in a harder gear

1 min easy spin
5 x 30 secs hard with 30 secs recovery
2 mins easy spin
2 mins on a hard gear out of the saddle
60 secs recovery at 150bpm
2 mins hard out of saddle
60 secs recovery at 150bpm
30 secs flat out
60 secs recovery at 150bpm
5 mins warm down

I love this session!

I love this session. Kind of…

I did some S & C exercises focusing on my gluteus straight after. I loved/hated it; the second two minutes out of the saddle were crazy!

The awesome Friday runners

The awesome Friday runners

Friday I couldn’t run with the group so I cycled alongside. It was a quick session of 6 x 600m after a slow warm up to our starting point. I zipped around the circuit, trying to motivate everyone as much as I could. They are all stars, it wasn’t hard. Then I popped along to the physio, hoping (wishing?) that Lawrence would tell me my ligaments were much better and I could go and race a 10-miler on Sunday. Of course he didn’t. I’ve got another week of rest, with some daily exercises, before he decides on whether I may have a chance of making the marathon. I tried not to cry. And just about managed it.

Keeping myself entertained

Here I am again…keeping myself entertained

In the past I would have stopped exercising with an injury and started wallowing in self pity. If I wasn’t injured and not running I’d say I was feeling really good at the moment! I’ve truly learnt the importance of preventative exercises to keep injuries at bay and am staggered how little trouble I’ve had from my left glute since last summer.

Girlie sleepover in my room - I didn't get much sleep!

Girlie sleepover in my room – I didn’t get much sleep!

I say I don’t really like swimming and biking but I guess that’s not really true. I like them. I just don’t LOVE them like running. Maybe there is a little triathlete/duathlete hidden away inside me. Both have really kept me going through the winter, even when it’s been icy cold I’ve taken to my bike and I’ve never wanted to do that before. I think I need to keep learning to love both activities.

Saturday I repeated Thursday’s turbo session and put everything into the efforts… the highest I got my heart rate up to was 166, though it was really hard to do.

 

I swear she was in the same position when I left the house two hours earlier

I swear she was in the same position when I left the house two hours earlier

Sunday would have been my endurance run. My training plan said an 18 miler. What I wanted to do was 2.5 hours of running in the pool to try and replicate the effort. However, it was my middle daughter Amelie’s birthday sleepover Saturday night, and I don’t think she, or her friends’ mums would have appreciated me going off for about 3.5 hours. The next best thing was a long bike and this week I decided on two hours. It was so much warmer than last weekend and it was a pleasure to be outside doing endless reps along a bus route a few miles from my house.

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I wasn’t focusing on pace, rather heart rate and effort, and managed an average of about 75 per cent of my maximum heart rate for the two hours. My issue is that I wasn’t out of breath once. Even a bit. I can’t see how this can be boosting my fitness though of course I know it is. Running is much harder on my asthmatic lungs. Biking in comparison seems so easy. I hope there was some transference of fitness. I didn’t have the time for any longer – there’s a limit to how long you can leave your kids on their own, even when they are getting older (and especially when the youngest gets easily bored and is quite demanding). I left my eldest, Lola in charge, however, I’m sure Sienna didn’t move off the sofa the whole time I was out!

My fav fuel and recovery drink

My fav fuel and recovery drink

I’ve done about six hours of exercise this week. I would never normally do so much mainly due to time pressures. But it’s all on my own and I’m really missing going to my weekly club session and seeing my club mates. Still…I’m not ready to give in yet!

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6 thoughts on “The Road to London #Week 12

  1. Carola

    I understand you so much. I´m exactly three weeks away from my first marathon and I injured my right foot by doing the most stupid thing such as trying a new pair of shoes that didn´t fit me well. Clearly, that wasn´t a really smart choice. Now I´m maintaining my fitness level biking and in the elliptical machine and some strength training. Just like you, I miss my runs so much, and going to training with my club and friends. But I´m not ready to give up yet.

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    1. shewhodaresruns Post author

      Definitely don’t give up Carola, I’ve been in this position before and run marathons on little training, it can be done, but it is so much tougher! I really hope your foot improves in time, if not find a tough trail half soon after your planned race date – I did this last year, and had a great run and didn’t feel I had thrown away all my training. Best of luck, keep up the training 🙂

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  2. Nikki

    I can better urs…. Been unable to train since October…. Have kept my fitness up with swimming and bike…. Like u, I don’t love them like running, I just tolerate them now lol am slowly getting better, did a marathon Sunday and managed to only b 16 minutes off my pb on a tougher course….. The swim and bike has helped, but by god I’d love to run…. 5wks til London, and beyond training point making a diff, so, I have a small plan, and will c how it goes!!!!!

    Good luck, and keep the faith re swim and cycle…. It really does help!!!!!! Xxx

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    1. shewhodaresruns Post author

      Amazing Nikki! Sounds like you have it sorted, hope your plan works for London! I agree with you, swim/cycle makes a huge difference 🙂 x

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  3. Siobhan

    Yes i can totally relate to this .. i also got injured with just 3 weeks left to dublin marathon last year had all the hard work done and was beginning to taper .. got a sharp pain in my left hip whic was hip burstitis very sore cud hardly walk had to totally rest no wslking nothing so i did rest.. days went to 2 weeks began swimming etc bike doin 30 plus lenght of pool like u nothing seemed to get my hard rate up like running did .. my chirop told me with 4 days to go to try run 3 miles and if i get no pain she wud tape me .. off i went but only a mile in got that pain i cryed so upsetti g she said u cant run it i knew myself i wud do serious damage i knew i wudnt make to finish anyway with the pain. It wudnt b a thru reflection of all my training .. so all my training i hate to say went to waste back running now im hopi g theres another marathon in me .. fingers crossed ul b fine ..

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    1. shewhodaresruns Post author

      Thanks Siobhan, sounds like you made a good call though, even though we all want to run, there’s no point damaging ourselves. You will do another marathon I’m sure, stay positive 🙂 x

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