TOTAL: 39 miles run, 3 strength sessions, 1 climbing session
This week has been so strange, seeming to drag so slowly from Monday-Thursday and then the past three days racing away in the blink of an eye. It’s also been filled with some super high points, and some quite bad lows where things just kept going wrong. Basically: I’m glad it’s Sunday and we’re starting again tomorrow!
Highs of the week: I ran 18 miles today!! Longest training run so far of this cycle 😊 I signed up for the Barcelona Marathon on March 11th, something I’ve been meaning to do for ages but only just got around to it. I went climbing again for the first time in a month, and my running group started back after a few weeks break after the Viña del Mar Marathon weekend. Also, MY PARENTS ARRIVED TO SEE ME IN CHILE!!! It’s not been an awful long time since I’ve seen them (only a few months) but it’s so cool to welcome them into what I’m starting to see as “my” part of the world.
However, there were also lows of the week: I’ve been battling with a really dodgy stomach since last Sunday, which had me contemplating missing a workout on Monday and then I absolutely CRASHED on Thursday and Friday, with barely any energy to contemplate the world. I also decided to delay my marathon running – so now I’m training for Barcelona instead of the one here in Chile I thought I was going to do. I’ll be releasing a new post tomorrow explaining why (edit: this post can be found here), since its nothing to do with being unprepared, but it’s for the best. Also, just a small thing, but my elevator has broken in my building and I live on the top floor… So every time I leave the house, I have to climb 8 flights back up!
And the absolute worst: as soon as my parents arrived on Friday, my dad got pickpocketed and lost his wallet with all of his bank cards, his cash and his driving license… So I spent the entire day trying to pacify him and helped by playing translator between him, the hotel owner, and then later the police as well when we went to file a report. Was NOT what I planned for their first day!!
MONDAY: 4 miles EASY, 30 mins STRENTH
The morning was taken up covering a protest for my job in which I walked a long way, and also ran a lot from police with tear gas and water cannons. A few of you mentioned on comments that my job sounds interesting – and it is! So I’ve included a few photos I took on Monday below, so you can see what I get up to when I’m at my “real” job. Then the afternoon came, and my plan said 4 easy, so I ran 4 easy (I LOVE plans). But you know what I said about the dodgy stomach? I had to stop so many times on this run because I had horrendous cramping, then had to find a couple of bathrooms… Apart from that, my legs felt great! I also did a 30 minute ab workout in my room, as I didn’t have time to get to the gym.
First time climbing in a long time! I tried a new gym because part of the reason I haven’t been going is because I don’t like the one nearest to me… but this one was also pretty awful. I think I might be giving up on climbing for the time being, because I don’t want to force myself to go to places which are dark and cramped and don’t even have fun routes for me to play around on. I started climbing as a completely FUN thing to do, but every minute on Tuesday seemed to drag on.
WEDNESDAY: 8 miles HILLS + EASY, CIRCUITS
Ergh Wednesday was messed up. I originally had 8 miles on the plan, and was feeling great about it, with a planned route up my favourite love-to-hate hill. However, I realised in the morning that my running group was back from its hiatus and wanted to go and see people, so thought I’d split up my miles – I ran 5.5 miles before the run group on trails up the hill instead of the road, thinking that I would be sure to run 3.5 miles during the session, then I could count it as the 9 miles I also had on the plan for the week! But then… coach surprised us with CIRCUITS, not actual running. During warm-up and cool-down, I did run another 1.5 miles, then managed to run another mile home, to take me up to the original 8. But the unplanned-for circuits w.r.e.c.k.e.d. me, leaving me super tired and weak for Thursday.
THURSDAY: 9 miles EASY
This was meant to be a 9-mile tempo run, but with the lack of energy and wrecked legs from Wednesday, there was no way I was running quickly at all. I felt like I was running through peanut butter and, honestly, the only reason I finished this run was because I caught a bus to the start and running was the only way home…
FRIDAY: unexpected REST
Plan said 3 miles for Friday (actually, it said 9 miles but I knew I wouldn’t fit that around with my parents, so I switched it to Thursday), and I had planned on fitting them in whilst my parents did a walking tour of the city in the afternoon. However, as mentioned above, there was a slight spanner in the works, which meant I spent the whole day trying to sort out what my parents were going to do! We were so busy, I had breakfast at 6.30 before collecting them from the airport and then didn’t eat again until “lunch” which we ate at 4.45pm… Once it was eventually as sorted as it could be, I took them on a walking tour myself and showed them my favourite parts of the city then got dinner with them. I didn’t get home until 10pm and there was no way I was going back out running. However, I did walk about 8 miles around the city all day so I stayed very active.
SATURDAY: active REST
Saturday rest days are sacred to me when I have a Sunday long run. I could have run the 3 miles I missed on Friday, but had such a busy week that I just wanted to chill out. Instead, I hiked 2.5 miles up to the top of a hill near me and sat to read a book for the afternoon before hiking back down! I definitely got my steps in, and caught up on some of my missed sleep, but I stayed very restful for the day.
SUNDAY: 18 miles LONG RUN, 30 mins STRENGTH
Up at 5.30am, out the door before 8am, and off to start my long run! It was hot, it was sweaty, it was slow… but I got it done. I forgot to take any gels or other fuel with me, so it turned into a depletion run half-way through but I got home! Miles 11 and 12 were the hardest as the sun had come out blazing and I was running uphill, face directly into the glare. Luckily the trail I was following had water fountains so I took a few breaks during the run to cool off, splashing water over my face and neck as well as drinking it. Spent the rest of the afternoon following a parade for work (luckily no tear gas this time) and then finished up with 30 mins strength since it dawned on me that I hadn’t been to the gym ALL WEEK! Oops. I’ll rectify that on Tuesday!
This week I’ve written a couple of other articles you might be interested in:
- For World Mental Health Day I wrote a piece about my disordered relationship with food, which was a real confession for me. It has taken me a lot of time to even admit there is a problem, and writing things down is a sort of cathartic process to help me manage it.
- I also wrote a piece about how your environment can affect the way you enjoy exercise – inspired by my poor experiences with climbing gyms here which have put me off climbing here in the city.
As per normal now, I’ll be linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippinPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap – it’s a really inspiring place for active women to share what they got up to during the week. I always love reading everyone’s achievements, whether that is the marathon runners or those only just starting out on the running journey.
What do you do when circumstances force you to miss a workout? Are your rest days “sacred”?
Let me know below in the comments or on Instagram through my DMs! Hope you have a great week, keep smiling 😊