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Recharging my batteries. Like every Wednesday.

I think last weekend wore me out – 20km run on Saturday, followed by a morning in the snow with the kids and a 10km run on the treadmill in the afternoon. The rest day on Monday went ok but I actually left CrossFit a bit grumpy on Tuesday morning and I have never ever felt grumpy after a workout before!

We practiced double unders again – jumping with a jump rope so that it goes under your feet twice. That sh*t just doesn’t click in my brain for some reason and whereas most of the time I’m able to just shrug it off and keep trying, I felt a bit stuck and deflated on Monday (maybe because it was Blue Monday?!?).

Anyway, then we did back squats and I couldn’t lift more than 45kg! Last time I had worked up to 3 reps of 57kg so I felt a bit pissed off with my legs for not having more umpf in them. I do realise I’m running a bit more these days than I used to and should give my legs ‘a break’ but… grumpity grump.

Work day on Tuesday was tiring and finished with an hour long German lesson. I love the twice weekly German I’m doing but it makes Tuesdays and Thursdays really long. I went to bed before 10 but the clingy small child who had not seen me all day came to our bed at 1pm, slept with his cheek pressed against mine until 4am and then started to fidget and was wide awake by 5am 😐

But this life of mine is all about ‘mind over matter’, right? So this morning I spent some time with the little one in the morning, took him to nursery for 9:30 and headed out for a run straight after. My legs felt a bit tight but I finished 15.4km in 1 hour and 20 minutes so in the end it was a pretty decent 15k run.

I’ve also decided to stop fretting about the marathon plan so much. I sort of started to fret after reading the Lazy Runner – it made me realise I don’t actually have a clue what it takes to run a marathon but since it’s my first one it’s expected and all I can do is increase my long run every week by a bit and not worry about whether my rest day should be before my long run or after or whether my crosstraining days should be before my long run or after or exactly how much mileage I should be doing a week since I am doing Crossfit 2 days a week, etc. etc. etc. Chill. That’s the plan now. Chill and not have any expectations as to the time I’m going to finish this marathon in April.

And now it’s time for coffee, a slice of newly baked paleo bread (will share recipe if it tastes decent 🙂 and then it’ll be time to pick up the little one from the nursery. I love working just 4 days a week, these Wednesdays recharge my batteries so much. Tomorrow I’ll hit the ground running again – CrossFit, work, lunchtime run, German lesson, prepping lunches/dinners, supervising homework, etc. etc. etc.

I feel like my life is one long interval training – Monday & Tuesday: full speed, Wednesday: slow, Thursday & Friday: full speed; Saturday & Sunday: unpredictable due to children 🙂

PS. Check my Instagram photos on the right – I ordered what I thought were awesome yellow leggings from Nike but when they arrived they turned out to be freaking Easter egg yellow and totally see-through! Grumpity-grump 🙂


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  • Reply
    January 24, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Training for a first marathon is a steep learning curve and feels like jumping into a pool not knowing what’s beneath you. You are doing plenty of training in my view. First time round I think the long run at the weekend is the important one even if you haven’t had the best week. That was my view anyway. I’m sure there are many who would correct me. Good luck Mrs B, you are super woman.

    • Reply
      January 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Thank you. I’m panicking a little less now 🙂

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