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Former Kickboxer keeping active by mixing it up. Running, OCR, crossfit, thaiboxing and whatever else comes my way. Mad enough for Tough Mudders and half marathons. Now stepping up the madness to a marathon. Certifiably bonkers, but enjoying it to the fullest. What's next? :)
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Peter B Afternoon all. I'm gonna chance it with a new "back on track"-statement. The medication seems to have worked and feeling quite a lot better now. Getting back to my planned runs and managed to do my longest run ever last weekend. 24K (and at the planned pace) is the new record since I've never gone past the half marathon distance before. Feeling quite pleased with that and is now almost looking forward to the even longer runs that are coming up in my plan. 28K and 32K is looming on the horizon before "The Big One" in Paris.
The snow has disappeared now and it's back to running with regular shoes. I might have found a little snag in my new Mizuno shoes as my achilles tendon hurts quite badly after some time on the road. At first I thought it was caused by the longer runs, but I'm now more inclined to believe that it's the heel of the shoe that's a bit stiff and rubbing against the tendon. I'll try some bending and flexing of the shoe to see if I can break them in that way. If not I'll have to look at other options to either make the shoe softer at the heel or even (worst case) consider another shoe. Have to decide quite soon though so I can have them prepared for the race. An option I've considered also is KT-taping the tendon. We'll see what does the most good.
I think I've by now tested and sorted out what kit and extras I will use for the run (apart from this shoe issue). It'll be a mix and match of the stuff that's worked the best this far: Under Armour tops (compression base layer and then a function top, Newline underwear and Nike Combat tights underneath X-racer shorts. Add to that Löplabbet (Swedish running store) socks and hopefully the Mizuno Paradox shoes. Nutrition will be handled with SweGel gelpacks and water. All tried and tested over the winter. Still not 100% pleased with the cheap hydration belt I've got so that might be changed but other than that it's all set. Not gonna experiment with new stuff at the race.
Technically I can now feel that my running has improved quite a bit since I started this journey. I think it's equally contributed by listening to the teachings of James Dunne at Kinetic Revolution (and putting them to practice), and also to the fact that I'm now more consistent and focused in my running. I'm no longer just "going for a run" as each session has a target and a purpose. Feels good to notice the improvements and I hope to be able to follow it up also after Paris. Who knows? There might be more marathons coming in the future :)
Right, now I've bored you enough so it's time to move on. Next run coming up tonight, working towards my goal.
Peter B Crunches x 60 for 60p
Running 32K for 320p
Walking 5K for 15p
Squats x 40 for 80p
Lunges x 80 for 80p
Push ups x 30 for 120p
Calf raises x 10 for 20p
Peter B Hello all, Well, my "back on track" statement went down in flames. After a few days of feeling up for anything my illness thought I'd been too cocky and knocked me down again... Fever, coughing and an extremely runny nose (how much can you fit up there really??) had me staggering around the house for the last week. In the end I gave up and went to the docs to find out that the probable cause for all this crap since early December is a mycoplasmic infection, aka walking pneumonia. No wonder it's been a struggle to get my breathing fit for running. Got some pills on prescription which seems to be working and even dared a (planned) jog this morning. So, missed one week of planned runs but can hopefully make up for it from now on. Just a shame it came when I was starting to as I was getting some where but I hope to get that feel back shortly.
The Icebug shoes arrived and I got to take them for a few spins. What A Difference They Made!!!
Running on ice and snow is a joy with these puppies :D They're rock solid as you run over wet ice, dig into hard packed snow like butter and in general turns the winter runs into proper sessions again. I am seriously kicking myself for not investing in them earlier. It was a pure revelation to take the premier run in them and they keep on delivering. If there's anyone out there that's running on snow and ice, just get some. You won't regret it. The only slight downside I've noticed is that when you come to bare asphalt they feel a bit too aggressive (studs and all) but they're still quite OK on that surface as well. Not slippy at all, but a bit noisy.
I'm hoping I've turned a corner now with being sick, I'm sick of it really. All I want is to get completely well again and get cracking according to my plan. Fingers crossed.
Peter B Running 64K for 640p
Walking 23K for 69p
Squats x 80 for 160p
Lunges x 80 for 80p
Calf raises x 30 for 60p
Peter B Hello again, it seems I'm back on track again. No major issues with my running when it comes to aches and pains. Shin is still a bit sore at times but gets better with a bit of massage and foam rolling. Managed to stay on plan for distance, but haven't quite been able to keep the scheduled pace on my longer runs. This is due to the fact that Stockholm now is covered in snow and ice which makes it hard to impossible to go at any heightened pace. You can't push off properly as your feet slips, and having to plow through 2 - 4 inches of snow (or more) on the forest tracks also makes it hard to get any proper speed going. But, I guess that just means that it's more of a workout which I can benefit from later. I've ordered a pair of Icebug Kayi, studded running shoes which should help with the slipping at least. Now I can only hope that this stubborn snowfall ends any time soon so I can enjoy some clearer roads ahead. So, I'll keep working for my goal. Getting closer now and will hopefully be a blast once it's here :)
Peter B Running 88K for 880p
Walking 20K for 60p
Squats x 60 for 120p
Lunges x 120 for 120p
Calf raises x 40 for 80p