Sunday 6th October 2013

Workout Soundtrack: TalkUltra Podcast – ‘Interview with Rob Krar – UROC Winner 2013’ (on the way to the pool)

50m warm-up (freestyle)

20x25m Untimed (freestyle)

50m warm-down (breaststroke)

My day at work felt a lot longer than usual, I felt like I was battling to stay awake on the commute there, during my shift and on the way back! However, when I walked through my front door I was greeted with a very excited dog and this woke me up immediately!

I was planning on going for a swim today as I don’t want to put too much pressure on my L3 and recovery. It has been like a summer day in England today – sunshine, clear skies and reasonable temperatures for October so it was a battle to stay focused on swimming and not hitting the trails. Loki (my dog) being excited on my return from work gave me the opportunity to enjoy the weather and the trails in a slightly less demanding way though – I took him out for a 6km power hike and I think it’s safe to say we both had a lot of fun out there! After the power hike, which I didn’t measure against the clock, I felt wide awake and ready for my promised swim. I fed Loki, grabbed my swim bag and headed off to the pool!

When I arrived I noticed it was quite busy in the public lanes, as I’ve mentioned before Sunday is club day at my local pool so they get the majority of the lanes all day long. I decided on the spot to do half of my usual swim and to take it easy without pushing myself against the clock – since I’ve been swimming regularly I have learned that this would not have resulted in a happy outcome with so many slower swimmers in the lanes. For once, I relished the opportunity to take it slow and easy and focused largely on my technique as opposed to my speed and this proved to be a refreshing change from my usual all steam ahead effort!

I finished my swim and headed off up to the sauna and managed to spend an uninterrupted 25 minutes with my eyes closed. For once the sauna was very hot and I enjoyed sitting there in silence, eyes closed thinking about my Pisa marathon race plan for a while and also resolving to go home and register for my first ultra! Once I’d made my mind up on this plan of action I got up and headed to the steam room for a 15 minute pacing session and then rushed home feeling like a kid at Christmas – I got in and jumped straight onto my computer and registered for the ‘Country to Capital’ 45 mile race which will be taking place on January 11th! I’m really excited to be running my first marathon in December and now I’m extra excited to have added my first ultra to my race schedule. I know it’ll be a tough ask with the races being so close together but I always relish a challenge! I have no idea what kind of time I’m aiming for in the 45 miler, all I know is that there is an 11 hour cut off and if I cross the finish line I’ll have 1 point towards my 2015 CCC ambition!

Well dear reader, thanks again for reading through to the end. I really do appreciate your support, just to know I have somebody reading what I write gives me a big confidence boost to continue writing, running, training and planning! Until the ‘morrow, au revoir 🙂

Peace out x

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