Paula and I don't seem destined to train in the way we want to train for London to Brighton. This week we should have been at 6 hours on our feet. The last few weeks, Ive been dogged with injuries and time issues. This week it was Paula's turn, after buying and wearing a new pair of trainers, she appears to got a soft tissue injury on top of her left foot. This resulted in us not getting as longer run in as we wanted.
Long runs this week totaled 30 miles, a 14 and a 16
Not much to tell this week....feeling better with the runs..I think Paula may have overdone the mileage this week as today's time on feet was a struggle for her, but she is doing amazingly and doesn't give up... So she had a nice massage treatment today.. We are nearly at the end of Feb, so 3 months to London to Brighton and 18 months to Fire and ice.....😬😬😬😬😬😬😬😬
Donations are going well, upto £167 in a week, thanks to those that have donated....here's the page if you want to but haven't got round to it.
Bit of a set back??... Work/life balance.... Back on it
Its been about a fortnight since I last blogged. I haven't had a lot to write about really. The treatment that I had on my Achilles did the trick but then I suffered with a cold, which then went a bit on my chest. which meant the long runs took a back seat...( I know this sounds a bit moany and a situation where I would tell others to dry their eyes). But to be honest if I had of been well, I wouldn't have had time to do long runs because I have been so busy at work and my work/life balance has been none existant
Wish I had read and implemented the tips in this link
So I have taken a few days off..(A) to have a break (B) cos its my birthday week..
This is one of my presents from Paula... Its a one hour float in a pod. The sound quality isnt great (not sure why). so heres the Link.....Float Norwich.....and here is the details...
As soon as you walk in, you can feel how relaxing the experience is going to be. You are asked to immediately remove your shoes and are placed in a shoe rack.. After filling in an electronic waiver form, I was taken to a room with a massage chair in it, and i was given a 5 minute treatment in there..it felt quite nice on my feet and calves but quite harsh on my back. I was then take into a room with the float pod. The water is very dense with Epsom salt and was asked if I had any cuts on my body, if I had, I would need to cover them in Vaseline before getting in. I imagine if you had a cut and didn't know about it, you soon would know after getting in the float pod, cos it would sting like crazy.
So I got in the pod and pulled the lid down, and there was music on and it was lit. I switched the light off after floating for a couple of minutes, and the music went off after about 10 minutes.
Floating feels really nice, however I'm not the type of person that switches off very easily and after about 20 minutes, I was bored. So I put the light on, videoed for a bit and then went for another stint. About 5 or 10 minutes before the end of the hour, the music came on again. I think I could of floated for an hour if the music had stayed on for the full duration..... I mentioned this to the staff on my way out and they said it was possible if requested before the session starts....note to self for next time because yes I would definitely do that again, because I did feel good when I came out.
Kit for Fire and Ice..........
As with my sleep system, I think lightweight layers will be the best option. So the first purchase Ive made are Montane Minimus waterproof trousers...these are very lightweight and I already had the Minimus waterproof smock and it was a great purchase, again being lightweight and offering great wet proof protection.
Here are the specifications for those that are interested.
Montane Minimus Trousers
The Minimus Pants are exceptionally lightweight rain shell pants. Tailored for trail running and use when moving fast in the mountains, the Minimus Pants can be pulled on over lightweight trail footwear and have a tiny pack size for superb versatility. Together with the supreme breathability of PERTEX® Shield they’ve become one of the most innovative no compromise minimalist waterproof shell garments MONTANE® has ever created.
Montane Minimus Smock
As fast and lite aficionados, it was love at first sight when our development team first conceived the Minimus Smock. This is the garment design that PERTEX® Shield + fabric was developed for. Waterproof, exceptionally breathable and astonishingly light, the Minimus Smock has such a micro pack size that when not worn it will live unnoticed in your pack - enabling you to go further and faster.
so thats one layer sorted.....will go through other layers in future blogs..
Ollies Heroes and Lowestoft Thursday club
So these are the 2 charities that we have decided to raise money for They are both fantastic charities and are both local to us.
We have already set up a justgiving page for Ollies heroes and here is the link
We are just waiting for the Thursday club to register with just giving and the we will set up a page to donate to * Watch this space*
Back on the long runs.......
As I said at the start of this post, I have recently been just short running... but having time off work with Paula gave us an opportunity to do a long run.... so on a morning that was forecast to be a nice morning on Paulas Iphone turned out to be dry but extremely windy but we managed 21 miles of a run/walk mixture in 4 hours 39mins.... it was a good head tester and Paula did really well to keep plugging away....... as you will hear from video, my voice was drowned out by the wind, so my apologies for that.