So what did this injured runner do this week?
I needed the nail varnish for a hen night this weekend. It’s called Bachelorette Bash so it was obviously meant to be.
I sold stuff on ebay. Don’t worry not my running gear although in the dark moments I have been tempted. I been considered selling my beloved Nike Cheetah Bowring leggings. Injury induced madness!
I have had lots of cups of tea in my running mantra mug. I should probably drink more water but tea is just much more comforting right now.
I have been swimming again and it wasn’t so bad. I managed 50 lengths which I was quite proud of. I wasn’t in too much pain either which is reassuring. Desperate for my aqua belt to get here though so I can feel more like a runner. Even if it is in water. And not going anywhere very fast. And makes me look like an idiot. But I’ve seen Mo Farah do aqua jogging so if it’s good enough for Olympic champions….
What I have discovered is that being injured is costing me money! I am buying all sorts of things out of pure boredom: nail varnish, lip stick, more swimming goggles and trips to the swimming pool aren’t exactly cheap. I need to get back running soon or at this rate I’ll have no money left!
I had a cold last week. One of those annoying head colds that gives you a headache and makes your nose and eyes stream. You know you’re not actually that ill but walking up the stairs feels like you’re hiking up a steep hill. Your body feels like lead. That was how I felt last week and thats why I decided to give running a miss for a few days. It actually turned into something like a week. It was partly self preservation and partly lack of motivation.
So at the end of last week I decided to go for a short run round the block. It was absolutely hideous. It was a 3 mile loop I’ve done many times before but on this occasion it felt like I was pulling a tyre behind me. I hate those runs after a cold but they’ve got do be done. After this run I reflected on why I might have been finding it so difficult to get back into my usual training after such a minor ailment. I have thought up a plan for my overall health and fitness and here’s what I think it could or should entail.
1. I need iron. I have a tendency to be very anaemic and my iron was particularly low after my second child was born. I hate iron tablets, they give me awful side effects, so I need an alternative. I read an interview with Lisa Dobriskey the GB athlete and she takes a supplement called Spatone which is a natural supplement. I need to give this a go. I also need to drink more fresh orange juice as this will help absorption of the iron
2. I need to drink more water. I cheat and tell myself that cups of tea count, but they don’t. I need to hydrate properly so I shall try to drink more water. You can’t exercise effectively if you’re dehydrated.
3. I need to eat better. I’m a busy mummy of two boys, one of two and one of six months and I tend not to have my own meal at lunch time because I’m trying to sort them out. By the time they are sorted I end up having a quick snack. Again this is no good if I’m training in the evening as I usually do. No food means no energy. I need to be better at eating through the day and I need to eat my five fruit and vegetables a day.
So these are the things I need to improve on. They won’t stop me getting a cold but the effects of the cold might not be as bad and hopefully I’ll recover more quickly and get back to training sooner.