Sunday, 21 December 2008

Ticking over

Taking things very easy at the moment just to make sure my body has fully recovered from the various illnesses that have plagued me since the summer. Although I felt heavy and a little sore, I ran a reasonably pacey 6m this evening to Pool and back.

Off to stay in a Mongolian Yurt in Ambleside tomorrow for Christmas week, so hopefully will get some running in while I'm away.

Have a great Christmas!

Wednesday, 17 December 2008


Completed my online entry for the UTMB tonight. Fingers crossed!

Monday, 15 December 2008

Pesky Chest Infection

Having plodded on (stupidly and stubbornly) through the obvious onset of a nasty chest infection for nearly two weeks, I finally decided to stop running during the first week of December as I felt I wasn't allowing my body time to recover. The doctor confirmed a chest infection and some antibiotics helped to kickstart the recovery.

It felt weird not to run for nearly two weeks. Lots of little muscle twinges and a feeling of being heavy and bloated, but once I got used to it, I could feel the benefit to my body. To anyone else wondering about whether to run with a chesty cough or not, my advice (and I'm not a qualified (or even an unqualaified!) doctor) is to give it some time to clear up. I have run with head colds before and actually felt better, but once it's on your chest it's time to get healthy before running again. Respect your bodies people!! (unlike me, but I'm an idiot).

ANYWAY, back into it again tonight. I was dreading it as the first run after some time off is always mighty depressing. But actually it was ok. I felt healthy and although a bit sluggish, reasonably fit. A little heavy and my hips ache a little tonight, but otherwise not as bad as feared.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

No RRR 50 :(

Pulled out of RRR 50 with a bad chest infection. Can't walk to the shops without stopping to cough for 5 minutes, so a wet and cold 50 miles would, I think, just about be the end of me and I'm not quite ready for that yet!!

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Snowy 7m

I was supposed to give blood tonight. I had it in my head that I could give blood, have a cup of tea, go for a light run and be fine in the morning. After a bit of internet research, it appears that would have been a rather foolish plan! It is recommended to leave exercise for at least 24 hours. I have also read that it may take up to a month for peak performance levels to be reached again. As I am racing in 2 weeks, I decided I would have to call off donating tonight and leave it until mid December instead.

So I was able to train at full intensity and ended up running an awesome 7m with the club in a few centimetres of fresh snow. 4 of us ran a hilly trail route in beautiful conditions...Would have gladly ran it again but decided that was probably enough time out running tonight!

Monday, 1 December 2008


Ran a cold 5m up in the Chevin. Intended to run further, but still coughing a lot so kept it short.