Sunday, 31 January 2010

Sunday 31st January

Last day of January today - thank goodness! I took part in a charity 5k today to raise funds for Haiti. Very well organised race through the ice in Ormeau Park. I took it very steady and trotted in in 28mins 30 secs which was fine for a my first run outdoors since Boxing Day. No back pain or anything - just lack of running fitness! Getting there slowly....

Saturday 30th January

Not a good week's training this week - very stressed and tired due to my ridiculous workload in work.... 2 hours today on turbo at medium resistance steady pace in the big ring. Too icy to cycle outside today

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Tuesday 26th January

Half an hour medium resistance tough turbo this morning - very sweaty now :-)

Monday 25th January

Back to pilates tonight - I haven't been for a while. Either the class has got a bit tougher or my core has weakened a bit! Enjoyed the session.

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Sunday 24th January

One hour on the turbo today in medium resistance in the big ring so a bit of a grind! Too tired to do any more unfortunately. My back and everything is fine after the run yesterday which is very encouraging. Not a bad week's training considering I was sick for half of it.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Saturday 23rd January

6 mile run today on the treadmill in just under an hour - the furthest I have run since the end of August - so good progress! No back pain or leg stiffening during the run - I just found it very tough due to my lack of running fitness. Feel fine now and had a good stretch.

My QL and hip were tight this morning so there is definately some sort of correlation with swimming and my injury. I have been in contact with my physio and going to see her later this week to get to the bottom of it.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Friday 22nd January

Another half hour on the turbo this morning - feeling a bit better now :-)

1200m swim tonight. I am almost sure now that my back problems are coming from poor swimming technique - QL muscle and hip sore now after the swim. Hopefully the physio will be able to sort out what I am doing wrong.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Wednesday 20th January

Half an hour on turbo this morning - high resistance. Been in bed for last day and a half with sinusitis. Not a good start to the year this year - so many things going wrong....

Things got worse today but went to treadmill to run it off. 5 miles in 48mins - longest and quickest run in 5 months(ave 9.36 minute mile) - again with no back pain, just a mild stiffening in my hamstring which is hopefully due to lack of running fitness. Big stretch and felt good after it :-)

Big goal now is to up my mileage and see how my back reacts.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Sunday 17th January

One and a half hours on the turbo today resistance level 5 and in the big ring. Lovely day outside but sinus pain too bad to contemplate the cold so turbo it was instead, unfortunately... Watched a good film to pass the time though. My QL muscle in my back is still sore today after swimming yesterday and quads a wee bit tight after the run which is just due to lack of running fitness.

Hope my sinus thing clears up so I can get a good week's training in next week.

Saturday, 16 January 2010

Saturday 16th January

45 minute run on the treadmill this morning covering about 4.5 miles and still running the sets of 3 mins normal pace and 2 mins slow. No back pain at all (great!) and still working on my technique. The treadmill is good for technique as you can actually hear if you are landing wrong with your foot strike - recommended tip! Set the incline to 1.5% but found the run tough today - heart rate up and got very warm. Hopefully this is due to the cold/sinus thing I have had this week which has washed me out a bit.

Went into the pool and did 400m before my back/hip started to hurt. This has got me wondering if swimming is part of the cause as my major back problems started when I took up swimming for triathlon a year and a half or so ago. I am going to talk to the physio about this. Gave up the swim after the 400 just in case and went into the sauna instead :-)

Long way to go before Larne HM (a marker as to whether I can do another half ironman this year) but a start at least....

Friday, 15 January 2010

Friday 15th January

Half an hour flat out on the turbo on medium resistance this morning.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Wednesday 13th January

Another half hour on the turbo.

I need to give myself a kick up the backside and get some motivation sorted out. Feeling quite under the weather - tired and a bit of a cold on me so totally out of sorts. I haven't swum for ages and no running for over a week.

Ok - have entered for Larne Half Marathon on 20th March as a goal to aim for. Better get back to the physio!!

Tuesday 12th January

Half an hour on the turbo this morning - exciting!

Saturday 9th January

Half an hour quick burst on the turbo this morning

Followed by an hour in the afternoon using higher resistance and the big ring. Back feeling ok still

Tuesday 5th January

Half an hour on turbo this morning

Sunday 3rd January

Totally behind on my blog posts - motivation levels are very low at the moment which is not good.

Anyhow - half an hour running on treadmill today - 3mins at 8.5 to 9 minute miles, and dropping down to 12 minute miles for 2 mins - 6 sets of these. Covered 5k in about half an hour. Working very hard on my running technique. No back pain after this. Good stretch to cool down.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Friday 1st January

Happy New Year! 45mins grind on the turbo today - high resistance. Still tired even though I have been getting lots of sleep recently - strange...

Thursday 31st December

Half an hour fairly easy on the turbo today - very tired at the moment