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Struggling to get back into running….

1 Dec

Last week wasn’t the best week. 

In fact since I got back from my trip overseas 5 weeks ago things haven’t exactly gone according to plan! The plan was to get back, get the 1kg off that I gained, get back into running and really push the training. Three things happened:

  1. I got sick
  2. It was hot
  3. My feet deteriorated

I got sick

Ever since I got back from my UK trip I haven’t been feeling the best, and then I got sick. I figured after a week I would improve but I didnt. My husband has been the same – thankfully bub hasn’t been sick. I went along to my doctor and she said – “there is unfortunately no cure for the common cold – just ride it out!” so I sucked it up and have done but it has lingered and I am kind of over it – not even being able to sing in the shower these days as my throat is still mucussy!

It was hot 

Running in the heat

I have been trying to escape the heat by running under trees and around the lake where I live

So when I got back from it being 11 degrees in the UK it was late 30s here and I wanted to cry. I did a number of ParkRuns which were a disaster mainly due to the heat and the climate just being hotter and of course coming back from not being very well.

The heat has always been a killer for me. Living in the UK for 33 years means I love running in the cold and I did love it when running back home on my holiday. But Queensland and I always battle when it comes to heat and humidity. I have therefore resigned myself to the fact that I will never be a quick runner in summer here!

My feet deteriorated

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My poor feet had a going over but they are getting better now 🙂

When I completed the Gold Coast Marathon back in July this year I had pain in my feet when I finished. I took my trainers off and low and behold there were two giant blisters underneath the tow nail – not the skin on the foot but the nail – ugh! It was unbelievably painful and I have been battling it ever since.

I didn’t want to go to my Podiatrist as I really didn’t want someone messing with my feet (I have ticklish feet!) – even when I had to strap them up before the Marathon it was tricky. But basically the toe situation escalated and went a bit yukky to the point the pain was unbearable and even having a sheet draped on my feet was agony.

So I called Doug my Podiatrist at InTraining last week, and went in to get fixed. It ended up with 4 injections in my toes but a whole lot of relief! The main pain was the injections going in but since then no pain – yay! I have some antibiotics to work through and then hopefully I am all good!

There is a Happy Ending I Promise! 

So I didn’t train over the weekend and ran 5k yesterday and 7.5k today – both were slow because of the heat and toes sore from injections but I am happy – finally feeling better feet wise and cold wise – I just need to get through the heat of summer, and have decided I have to just embrace it as it isn’t going away and accept that my training and races will be slower – but I am ok with that 😀

 

 

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It’s slip slop slap time again! Tips for running in summer

27 Sep

Wow we have had some great weather lately. I don’t know about you but I have suddenly found running at my usual time of mid morning has become hard because of the heat, and I’m now dealing with a lot more sun tan lotion and it running into my eyes when sweating!

Running in the heat is always tough even if you’re used to it. In England I realise how much easier it was to run since we never had majorly hot weather! Now I find when it warms up that my lungs feel like they’re on fire and my legs feel like they’re running through treacle.

Tips for running in the heat

1. Do it early or later in the day – running at mid day or when the sun is at its hottest is not ideal

2. Take water with you and if not build a water stop into your route – I know around the lake where I am that there are water fountains for example. Also make sure you are hydrated before you run ie pee should be clearish not brown!!

3. Try and run a route that is shaded rather than always in direct sunlight

4. Wear a cap

5. Wear light clothes. Get rid of the winter running clothes!

6. Put some suntan lotion on!

7. If you get really hot or feel unwell ie nauseous, shivery – stop running immediately and where appropriate – seek medical attention

Have I missed anything? How do you cope in the heat? Am I just a lightweight??

Happy running!