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So what happened this week?
This past week was much less as far as activity goes and that’s fine. This is the week leading up to my 3-in-a-row race Sundays so I need to play it a little bit safe if I’m going to achieve the 5K and 10K PR’s. I just want to note, if a PR doesn’t happen, it’s totally ok, I feel like I’ve been working pretty hard for it, more so than I’ve done in the past and I’m really proud of myself for that. That’s already a big win for me.
- Monday – RPM with Vincent
- Tuesday –
lunch walk with Linda,Training with BRENG
- Wednesday –
lunch run with colleagues, Pilates
- Thursday –
- Friday – Training with Runiversity
- Saturday – rest
- Sunday – 10KM race in Vorden (Achtkastellenloop / 8 Castles Run)
Monday I was still very tired from Sunday’s run and from not sleeping well. But Vincent and I still went to RPM like a couple of good zombies while Ron went to his training at Runiversity. Of course nothing goes without some sort of hitch with me so on the last number of RPM I somehow tweaked my knee a bit and it was a bit sore when I got home and subsequently when I woke up on Tuesday.
Tuesday I was supposed to go on a walk with Linda at lunch, but that got cancelled due to work (on her side) and then later I realised I had a meeting anyway that I would have been late for had I gone for a walk… I quickly did a round later in the afternoon around our parking lot. The weather was AMAZING.
After work was running with the BRENG guys (Vincent’s group) and it was a tough training! Vincent was in full-on trainer form! So we had a bit of a warm up, then we did running technique training for quite some time and THEN we did hills and fartleks. I think I told Vincent at least 5 times that we were no longer friends. Also, I’ll be getting him back when I massage him next time (Elbow, meet glute *insert evil laugh*). 11 Friggin Kilometers tonight.
Wednesday I skipped the lunch run with colleagues. I was still so sore from the run the night before and the knee felt ok but a wee bit fragile. We got paid (yay!) so I actually went out with a few other colleagues to grab some lunch. In the evening was Pilates – same kind of report as last week, though I do feel like I’m “getting it” slowly but surely.
Thursday was an early start – I had to work in Amsterdam due to a meeting with one of our banks in the afternoon. What a stressful morning ! I didn’t even get to go to lunch! I’m glad I brought a bit of food with me – otherwise I don’t know what I would have done. We literally had to rush from our office to the bank because we were late (my colleagues back home in Arnhem were there already – but someone had to finish their work and that person was me…). I don’t even think I drank any water until about 2pm. I was heading home around 3:30 when I got a message from Vincent that he was too tired to go to BodyPump. Ron had a Parent-Teacher thing for my stepson so that meant I was pretty much just going to go home and skip the gym.
Friday – my day off. Didn’t do much except the usual. Bit of tidying, laundry and netflix watching. It’s a rough life. We had training in the evening which I wasn’t in the mood for (if I’m home chilling out all day it’s hard to be motivated) but training went well. 10 x 500 meters with 200 meters recovery. I think all of my intervals were faster than what was on the schedule and my trainer said that was ok anyway, and pushed me on two rounds to go even faster.
Saturday a proper rest day. No RPM since we have a race Sunday. Had a bit of a lie-in and after breakfast and watching a bit of the European Indoor Athletics Championships in the morning we headed into town leisurely on the bikes to do a few errands. The rest of the day was just chilling out, eating pasta and getting ready for the race.
Sunday – RACE DAY!! I was pretty nervous actually, and the more Ron and the guys talked about it the worse my nerve were! We headed out just before 10 to pick up Vincent, Cas and Andree along the way to Vorden, about a 45 min drive from home. We arrived in plenty of time, picked up our bibs and then sat in the cafe of the Sport Center for a while. I think one mistake I made already was in the cafe – I had another coffee, which I basically never do (strictly 2 max espressos at home)! The longer we sat around the more nervous I felt! eventually we left the cafe and made our way outside to have a little warm up. Eventually it was time to start. I lost the guys because I had to go to the loo once more before starting, but I did find Jeroen in the corral (maybe you remember seeing him with me here) so we had a bit of a chat until the gun went off. I started of WAYYYYYY too fast (first kilometer 5:35) and finally got it down a bit slower by the end of the 4th kilometer. At that point we were off-road. Ugh. I’d forgotten about this. I’m not a trail runner at all and in some places it was really only wide enough for one person. I’m probably a bit too careful but the last thing I need in my life is a sprained ankle or worse so I took it easy. By the 7th KM we were back on the road but at that stage I just decided it was better to relax and not worry anymore about time. In the end I ran 1:03:16. I’ve done the 10KM once before in 2017 at 1:08:19. I remember though, as if it were yesterday, i had a LOT of pain my foot that day. Either way, it’s a 5 minute PB on this course.
Of course my Runiversity trainer Chantor was there, two other runners from our group, Redmar and Debbie (no photo) and Ron of course – they all ran the 30KM.
And that’s pretty much a wrap!
To stay accountable, I’m also joining #RIOTS (Running Is Our Therapy Sisters) – Brandi at Funner Runner,Anna Louise at Gracious Warrior Princess, Briana at Mat.Miles.Medals,Meghan at Meghan on the Move, Jenn at Runs With Pugs and Elizabeth at Train With Bain
Week 10 is going to be a bit of a challenge but I’m going to do my best:
- Monday – BodyPump
- Tuesday – RPM, shake-out run home with a couple of 100 m sprints
- Wednesday – Team Pie’s Wedding Anniversary
- Thursday – BodyPump? 5 – 6 KM run with 3x 1000m intervals
- Friday – 8 x 200’s at Runiversity
- Saturday – REST (Ron has a 10KM race in Haarderwijk)
- Sunday – 10KM Race in Den Haag (with Ron as my pacer)
So Tell Me –
How was your week? Did you get some good workouts in? Do you have to dress up for work (I’m usually in jeans and casual tops!)? Do you drink any form of caffeine before a race?