I started off the week feeling really positive after a good weekend of eating well, resting and a run of course! Here is a breakdown of week 2:
Day 1 – 1hr Body Pump
I felt a little niggle in my hip throughout the class – which I’m not overly worried about but I’m going to keep an eye on as I can’t afford any time off running for injuries!
Day 2 – Rest
I don’t often enjoy rest days, especially when I don’t necessarily feel like I needed them (even though I know I do!) However, my hip was still a little sore and it was Valentine’s Day so it was much preferable to spend a night at home cooking with Brandon. We made one of our favourite dishes from Lean in 15 – Seabass with Pak Choi and Cashews followed by some healthy treats from Sweet Deceits! I tried out their Chocolate Brownie baking kit and was not disappointed! I love that sweet treats don’t have to be unhealthy. These are made with no refined sugar and taste pretty good!
I was meant to run 3 miles but I woke up with a UTI and it couldn’t have come at a worse time – just as I was getting into the rhythm of my training. I took a Ciprofloxacin tablet in the morning – which I had excess of from a previous infection but then read some absolute horror stories about taking this as a runner. One of the possible side effects is tendon rupture which can even occur long after you stop taking the antibiotic. This freaked me out a lot and alongside my hip still giving me problems, I decided I was going to have to skip my run. This threw me a little mentally as I really want/need to stick to my training plan but I figured 3 miles wouldn’t make a HUGE difference and I vowed to make it up later in the week or next week.
Day 4 – 4 miles
I ran on the treadmill before work and despite a little discomfort in my belly, I had a pretty good run!
Day 5 – 3 miles
Another morning run in the bag! It was great to get it done before work so that I had my evening to myself. I had contemplated adding on a little bit to this run to make up for my miles lost on Tuesday but in the end I decided just to take the hit on that one.
Day 6 – Rest
I still had a nice active day spent at Vogrie Country Park with Brandon. We completed the Tyne Valley walk and ate our picnic with our legs dangling over a small river! Banana pancakes…mmm! I love being outdoors and getting fresh air so it was a really nice way to spend my day off work and my day off running.
Day 7 – 9 miles
This is the furthest I’ve run so far! I had no idea if I was going to manage this and in what time! When I left the flat I gave myself an estimated time of 1 hour and 45 minutes but had told Brandon not to worry if I was still out around the 2 hour mark. I ended up finishing it in 1 hour and 22 minutes and was absolutely over the moon! I maintained a similar pace to my 5k pace and was happy to see that my mile splits were pretty even.