This week has been an odd one at best. It’s been one of those weeks where you just have to cling on and hope for the best, but thankfully it’s over now. I’m sat here writing this just before heading out to the London Marathon (spectating, not running)… so here we go!
Where I’m at physically
The ankle is pretty good, to be honest. I’ve done three running sessions, and aside from some slight tension over the site of the original injury, I have to say she’s holding up pretty well! I’m suffering a little from plantar fasciitis, which is most likely the result of such a traumatic injury to the ankle and a tightening of all the muscles in my lower leg. But plantar fasciitis is something I can deal with, and I’m just grateful it’s nothing worse at this stage.
After a long weekend lazing at home with Mama Bear, I was raring to go with my workouts come Monday. But oddly enough my regular gym was closed for maintenance for a week, forcing me to switch it up slightly with the timing and location of my workouts. Being the creature of habit that I am, I didn’t particularly enjoy this, but I made it work the best I could! My focus for next week is to switch at least some of my workouts to early morning… but more on that later.
- Monday: Kettlebell & sandbag circuits, abs, 20 minutes cardio, 30 mins running (!)
- Tuesday: 40 minutes cardio, abs
- Wednesday: 20 mins running (!), 10 mins cardio + abs
- Thursday: Rest day and meeting Dean Karnazes (!)
- Friday: 30 mins cardio + abs
- Saturday: Sandbag circuits, abs, 30 minutes running & 10 minutes rowing
- Sunday: London Marathon day!
I have to say, being as tired as I am right now, weight training has slightly gone out of the window. I want to lift more weights as strength training is incredibly gratifying, but it’s just a case of striking that balance.
I have to be honest and say that this week hasn’t been the best, food-wise. I don’t think I’ve been eating enough to support higher levels of activity which meant I had a few vegan fails, including reaching for Quest bars and store-bought sandwiches that I knew had animal products in. But that’s the whole point of a transitional phase- you get to slip up every once in a while. It doesn’t mean I’m any less committed to a plant-based diet- I just have to live and learn!
I’ve been able to get a few runs in this week, so that’s been really great. With the London Marathon coming up, it’s probably just as well. I’m surrounded by running events, films and expos, and I don’t think I’d have been able to cope had I still been on the injury bench! My runs have all been on the treadmill- I’ve been able to gradually increase to 3 min jog intervals with a 1 minute break. It’s incredibly gratifying to be able to run again, and it just feels so inherently natural to me.
Where I’m at mentally
I’ve been struggling recently with a feeling of burnout from a lot of the things going on ini my life right now, but honestly running is helping me ground myself and keep things moving!
How’s your week been?
Lots of love,