‘No rest for the wicked’
No rest for the weary, more like…
Well, it’s been a long time since my last post and I must apologise for dropping off the radar like that. After Paris it has been pretty hectic and I’ve had little time for running and no time for blogging. Over Easter was a trip to the Isle of Skye, last weekend was a wedding in Sussex and I’ve sandwiched two work trips to Italy in between as well. I’m forgetting what it feels like to sleep in my own bed. No rest for the weary, indeed.
As you can imagine, my running has been a bit curtailed however I have managed to lace up a couple of times. The Isle of Skye was mainly hiking type activities, but I did go for a trail run on a cross-country mountain bike trail close to our B&B that afforded some really nice forest in parts and sweeping views in others.
I missed having my ASICS Fuji Elite trail shoes though – my road shoes were pretty rubbish on the scree and over the obstacles. Other than running and hiking, the Isle of Skye was definitely about food. So many good restaurants and the local seafood was oh, so, good. One restaurant had only taken delivery of the mussels and langoustines from the docks three hours before we arrived. Talk about fresh!
Anyway, I digress. This is a running blog, not ‘Bernie’s culinary bingeing around Europe’…
This week I’ve managed some more structure to my training. Sunday was a strength session where I went pretty hard on my glutes and lower back. Throw in some planks and upper body work and I had some proper DOMS to show for it.
Monday night was a 5km hard run, though the pace was a bit off due to the fatigue in the glutes and hamstrings. It felt good to go for a bit of a blast though, even if it was slower than usual. Not every run can be a good one, however.
Tuesday I rested (another trip to Italy) but this morning I managed a run along the coast of Forte dei Marmi. I started out slow along the beach, going easy (because I found the going tough), but cranked up the speed towards the end of the run as I returned along the coast road. It wasn’t a great run by any means, but still, it’s not a bad way to start the day! It also added some much needed mileage to my tally for the #ATWRBR, I’ll admit I’ve been a bit of a slacker after Paris…
In other news, my running buddy Mark and I have signed up for the Ragnar Relay in Florida for February ’15. This is a team relay event of 200-ish miles, and there are six of us all doing an ultra (in stages) non-stop through day and night to finish. I’m not sure what I’ve signed myself up for, but it will epic so how could I say no?!?
The Thames Path Challenge 50km night race I’m doing in September just got bumped from ‘goal’ to ‘training’ though. Gulp…
Anyone else get the “What have I signed myself up for?!?” feeling when taking on new challenges?
Happy running everyone!
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