Friday 21st February 2014

Workout Soundtrack: Slam Radio Podcast – ‘James Ruskin – #73’

9.25km 40:31 (Shires & Spires Ultra, session 6)

Today is my only day off from work this week but as I’m so busy it really doesn’t feel like it! I was tempted to skip a swim or a run today but the thought made me feel guilty so after running my myriad errands this morning and early afternoon I decided to pull on the running gear and get out for an hour or so. After all, I had just taken my mountain bike down to the local supermarket to pick up some stuff for the dog and for dinner so I was nicely warmed up!

The sun was shining and a pretty cold wind was blowing as I set off. Almost immediately I began to feel uncomfortable, not because of the wind, it was because my legs felt heavier than usual and for some reason I couldn’t quite get my arm placement right. For around 5 or 6km my left arm just felt unnaturally positioned the and as such it began to cramp up around my shoulder after a while. It pains me to say it but I don’t think I enjoyed any part of that run at all which is a rarity for me – I’ll usually pull some positive from a session and expand on it but the only thing I can think to say is that over the last 1.5km or so I began to feel like my usual running self again. I would’ve carried on had my mind not been completely shot by everything that went before it!

So, a crap pool session yesterday and a crap run today. When these things happen I always have to remind myself ‘They can’t all be good!’ and with that being the case, I need to keep my chin up and just keep on keeping on! I’ll be hitting the pool again tomorrow before work and then going for a night run on Sunday before hitting the sauna. Hopefully things will pick up and I’ll start grinding out my workouts with my usual panache by next week!

Happy Friday dear readers, hope y’all enjoy the weekend!

Peace & Blessings

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