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Track Withdrawals

 

The last few days have been crazy busy, leaving the house at 5:30 and not getting back till almost midnight! Lots of naps and plenty of caffeine have gotten me through it though. Coffee is the answer to all of life’s problems ;)

 

Friday was my day off (I’m worked this weekend) so I had a much needed lie-in, and then headed into the city to get my hair cut. It was my first time being a hair model, and it was the best haircut experience I’ve actually ever had! My hairdresser Katie did an amazing job, and I highly recommend her, so if any of you Londoners fancy a free haircut at Vidal Sassoon on the Kings Road, just let me know and I’ll send you her details :)

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Of course I had to go and completely ruin all of Katie’s good work as I headed out for a tempo run straight afterwards. It was a great run! A 40 minute tempo at just under a 7min/mile pace, and I felt good throughout. Tempo runs are one of my favourite workouts…gotta love that lactic build up! I did mde the mistake of watching Children In Need during my cooldown though and the kind lady next to me kept passing me tissues to mop up the floods of tears haha

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This morning I headed out before work for my long run. I LOVE Sunday long runs, not just because long runs have always been one of my fave things, but because they are one of the few runs I get to run outside during the week! Running outside > treadmill running any day! It was a beautifully peaceful morning 75 min run on the trails:)

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I absolutely regretted my choice of clothing for the run though. I think it took approximately 40 minutes for my legs to regain any feeling. For some reason I apparently woke up thinking it was midsummer and headed out into the freezing weather in shorts and a tee. NOT the smartest idea I’ve ever had!

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Trying to thaw off on the couch

This week I’ve finally felt like I’m really getting back into the swing of things with my running. It’s been difficult coming back from time off running and trying to adjust to a busy new routine at the same time, but this week I finally felt like I was really getting my running groove back! The tempo run pace was much closer to the kind of paces I was used to seeing pre-injury and my easy runs are feeling much more effortless. I’m also being much more meticulous with strength, stretching and cross-training which is helping a lot with injury prevention *touch wood*. It’s never easy coming back from time off running, so if any of you guys are in the same boat, hang in there!! It gets easier and it’s so worth it:)

 

And in just a months time I will be back at the track!! I am counting the days. Seriously, I have a countdown app on my phone so that I can count down the minutes until I am there. Obsessed.

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I’ve missed my teammates. I’ve missed my coach. I’ve missed those gruelling workouts. And most of all I’ve missed our shared passion for refuelling hard sessions the healthy way…

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Carbs help recovery, right? ;)

 

Off to bed now, and I’ll probably dream of track running. These are serious withdrawal symptoms right here.

 

How often do you get your hair cut? I got a good telling off from the hairdresser for the state of my hair…apparently you’re sposed to get a trim more frequently than once every two years? Who knew;) She also found it hilarious that I don’t own a hair dryer…

 

What is your favourite “type” of run? Easy, interval, fartlek, hill, long, tempo, etc? I change my mind about this every other week, but at the moment I think I’d have to say tempo! Let the legs meet the lactic!

 

Did you get in a long run this weekend? Of course, and followed it with a round of pancakes, as per ;)

 

Have a great week! <3

m4s0n501

12 Responses to Track Withdrawals

  1. Coffee AND chocolate are the answers to all life’s problems ;) And you’re right — running outside is so much better than running on the treadmill. We’re already buried in snow and dealing with freezing temps, so no runs for me this weekend, but I -did- spend Sunday snowboarding, so at least I’m getting my activity in :D

    As for hair, I get mine cut every 2 months or so. I used to only go once a year, but I’ve noticed that my hair’s been a lot healthier since I started going in more regularly, so I’m doing my best to stick with it.
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  2. hey, could u send me the details of the hairdresser’s? ur hair looks fab.
    cheers ewe

  3. Your hair looks lovely :)
    I try to get my hair cut about 4 times a year- it is so thick that it starts growing outwards if I don’t have it cut that often!
    But how can you not have a hairdryer with all your hair? I get so cold in the winter if I sit around with wet hair!
    I agree running outside is just a million times better than the treadmill- I ran on a treadmill a few weekends ago and managed a 5K- I was so bored!
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  4. I haven’t had a good haircut in probably 7+ months. I keep saying I’ll get one but because of moving, ect I’ve let that one slip. You have motivated me due to your absolutely gorgeous locks. I’m glad you get to go to the track sometime soon!
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  5. Great that you are finding your running groove again! I’m just building up my long runs for marathon training now, they have always been my favourite run of the week.
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  6. I love long runs. They are such a great way to just chill out and let your brain reset. Having been suffering from a knee niggle I am DYING to get back out there and get on it again – providing all is well!
    I get my hair cut like every 6 months ha!
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    • Aren’t they just?! I get my best thinking done on long runs…and thinking is a rare thing for me to do ;) Aaah well I’ve taken the last three days off (AND missed my long run!) because of a shin niggle, so I feel your pain! Having had shin splints before, I figure it’s better to be cautious. Better safe than sorry :) Hope your knee feels 100% again soon! <3

  7. Your hair looks amazing, please share your lovely hairdressers details with me!
    Annie

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