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Life Lately

 

When my life gets busy, the first thing to go is always blogging. I should probably learn to prioritise at some point in my life, and bite the bullet and cancel my Netflix subscription. One day…  But I miss it when I go too long without updating this space, so a random life and training update it is!

 

Training

Summer base training has been going really well so far! I’m really enjoying upping my mileage, and apart from the odd niggle, my body seems to be handling it well *touchwood*! I’ve been seeing a physio regularly for regular deep tissue massages, and despite these leaving me with some lovely bruises and being the most painful thing in the entire universe (“melodramatic” is my middle name), they have helped immensely in keeping my legs happy. Plus my physio is the most wonderful lady ever and gave me her personal email address so that I could email her any time with my numerous niggle concerns. I may have been abusing this privilege and am now slightly concerned that she will seek out a restraining order. What can ya do.

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Where the torture magic happens. Thank you Six Physio for being awesome!!

 

Week 5 proved a tough one in terms of fitting everything in around a 50+ hour work week and long commutes, but I got all the running done! One less strength session than planned, but generally super happy with this week of training!

Monday: OFF
Tuesday: 40 min track interval session (600, 500, 400, 300) + strength
Wednesday: 60 min recovery
Thursday: 60 min easy + strides
Friday: 40 min easy AM + Pilates PM
Saturday: 50 min easy
Sunday: 95 min long run for just over 12 miles at avg 7:45 min/mile

Totals for Week 5: 5 hours 45 minutes of running, 2 hours cross training

 

Tuesday’s track session was tough. I usually rely on my endurance to get me through, so when the repeats are shorter, I have to work hard to keep up with all my speedster friends! I know I’ve said this a thousand times, but my running friends are total lifesavers. We pull each other through these tough track workouts and encourage each other to go after our respective goals. I am so blessed to have these amazingly supportive people in my life <3

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This. Girl. Is. So. Freakin. Awesome.

Work

I’ve been working a lot recently, not just at my retail job, but also performing quite a few quartet gigs in the evenings. I’m having a lot of fun with it, and I know that I am so fortunate to truly love what I do! Especially quartet jobs for weddings because that usually involves being served fancy wedding food and hanging out with three awesome girls who I’ve been friends since we began at music school when we were six years old…it’s a tough job for sure ;)

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I’ve had to make a few adjustments to fit in the miles around work, but through this I’ve totally fallen in love with run commuting! London is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, cities in the world to run in. My route to work takes me down the Mall to Buckingham Palace, through St James’ Park, Hyde Bark, Battersea Park, and finally along the Thames Path to work. It’s the perfect run route, and sure beats being squished to death on an overcrowded Tube! The only downside is that there are no shower facilities at work…I’m pretty sure my colleagues hate my guts.

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Thames Path <3

Life

Outside of running and work, my life can be summed up with just a few things…

 

…services at Hillsong London

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…road trips with friends (usually to get coffee…I know you’re shocked)…

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…hanging out with my BFF and her new Siamese kitten (IT’S SO TINY AND CUTE)…

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…and of course, spending half my salary in Starbucks. My barista friends have my drink ready for me when I run in the door before/during/after work and always upgrade me to the “venti” size for free. They are facilitating my caffeine addiction, and I am more than okay with that:)

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Iced soy lattes are my jam

 

And finally, a huge shout out to New Balance for sending me these awesome new racing flats! They are the prettiest running shoes I think I’ve ever and I haven’t stopped hugging them since I got home a few hours ago because I am weirdly obsessed with them already. I can’t wait to test out these bad boys during our team speed session on Tuesday!! Oh, and if any of you mock the size of my feet in the comments, I will cry.

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New Balance RC 1600s. Ready for a #summeroffast !!

 

Tell me…how is your running going?! Who else did a long run this weekend? I did mine this morning and got some beauuuutiful compression sock tanlines out of it. Don’t be too jealous.

 

How do you fit in your training around your job/studying/kids etc,? I try to always get it done first thing in the morning, or else life usually gets in the way! Plus I’ve become addicted to my 6am endorphin high, and now when I don’t start my mornings with a run, I am a total grump.

 

Have a great rest of the weekend friends! <3

m4s0n501

10 Responses to Life Lately

  1. When I had a regular 9-5 job in New York, I did the run commute thing (which was awesome because it was actually faster than the subway), but then I moved to Alaska and couldn’t run to work anymore. I was totally unwilling to wake up earlier than 7:00 so always ran after work. Now, though, I’m in grad school and have to work well into the evening so if I don’t run in the morning it doesn’t happen at all! The switch to morning running was SO awful (I always felt really slow, weak, hungry, and tired), but now that it’s all hot and summer-y I’m glad I made the switch!

    • I felt the same when I first switched to running first thing! I was always SO tired and spent most of my run thinking about breakfast haha! But I’m now much more strict about early bedtimes, and I guess my stomach has just had to adjust ;) Worth it for sure, especially in the summer!!

  2. I’m still in high school, so I run in the morning summer practices for our cross country team, which is the highlight of my day! I actually am just coming off from a hip injury (took me out of track season…wah) but now, I can finally say that I am no longer swimming/biking/cross training but RUNNING for the first time in 6 months!! :D I am quite out of shape and I feel sorer than ever (if that’s even possible) but I am very happy that things seem to be going well (*also knocks on wood.*)

    • YAY I am so happy for you that you can now run again!! It is so hard coming back from injury (been there SO many times haha) but you’ll be getting PRs again before you know it I’m sure :)

  3. I run after work as I find it helps me de-stress after the day. Running to work sounds great, and lots of offices seem to have showers- I don’t think schools would ever do that!
    At the weekend I run first thing and I love it- on Sunday I was out at 8am and it was so satisfying to be out (and home) before most people were up, before any shops opened etc.
    Maria @ runningcupcake recently posted..Not so much running

    • That’s my absolute favourite thing about running early too! Having it done before most people are up and out, and you’ve got the roads and trails all to yourself…it’s pretty awesome :)

  4. I like to run early in the morning pre-run as it’s when my energy is best, I do run commute home sometimes if I am unable to get up though :P I love those shoes they are so pretty! I’m not running at the moment thanks to injury, boo!
    Lauren (@poweredbypb) recently posted..Healthy Vegan Snacking

  5. I’m glad everything is going well for you. I’m always excited when you pop up on my blog reader. I love reading your updates and knock on wood everything is good!
    Hollie recently posted..Vacation Life

  6. ^What she said! ;) Love your blog so much!

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