13 nov 2012: run to the hills


so, quick catchup with the past week… “battered, tired and worn out” was the net result of the marathon row, then the body pump session. it’s made me realise more than ever that my only real obstacles now are to do with the physical mechanics (i.e. my bones, muscles and joints can cope) and the mind games (staying focused, keeping boredom at bay and mental stamina). my heart and lungs are coping with things admirably, and my breathing and pulse settle back to a normal level very quickly.

because of the physical stress and discomfort, I did very little for the rest of the week except to move enough so i didn’t seize up! this left me feeling physically in good shape by the end of the week, and when i woke up on Sunday morning, i knew what i wanted to do next; a half marathon distance on the treadmill!

it took 3 hours and 2 minutes, jogging all the way with the dial set to 7 km/h – at the end of it i had dropped over 2kg through sweating, and i felt great! it’s a huge milestone – especially considering that it wasn’t too many months ago that I was chuffed to have managed to jog for 10 minutes non-stop!

i think i’d better start thinking of new goals, because the goal of running a marathon is now in sight – a long way in the distance, but definitely in sight!

following the half marathon run i experienced very familiar aches and pains – my body felt battered and worn just as it had after the marathon row. walking was difficult at times, ribs hurt, back hurt. i slept well sunday afternoon and night, skipped the gym on monday and slept well monday night.

this morning i woke up still feeling a little battered but ready to hit the gym, if only for a light session. i figured i’d not push myself too hard, and stop once i’d had enough. i was quite surprised that i managed a full session of 2 hours or more; my 2km and 1km row times were on the slow side of respectable, and the 500m row was under 1:40 so can’t grumble about that!


Time got up (today): 03:45
Mood (1 to 5):
Morning 4
Lunch 3 (tired)
Night 4


03:45 – few dried cranberries, glass water
04:00 – gym (see below)
06:30 – bowl sultana bran, toast, orange juice
08:00 – cup of tea
09:30 – 1km walk to cafe, long mac, slice banana cake
12:30 – 1km walk home, chicken and salad roll
16:00 – cup of tea
18:00 – steak, veggie pancakes, mushrooms
21:30 – milk, bed


5 mins bike warm-up

2km row – 8:17

3km treadmill (500m jog/500m walk) – 24:03

1km row – 4:04

3km treadmill (500m jog/500m walk) – 24:00

500m row – 1:37

3km treadmill (500m jog/500m walk) – 24:01


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