Our regular swim coach was back this week and there was no silly lane split, thank god! We focused a lot on swimming drills and I came away with a lot of homework and things to focus on. We started with front crawl kickboard drills, I need to work on straightening up a bit. Apparently I arch my back(which was quite hard NOT to do when we had to keep our heads out of the water), the arching is causing some drag in the water and it would help if I didn't do it!
We moved on to some backstroke drills, first just kicking, which also needs work.. apparently I kick with my knees rather than my feet which isn't good technique.. I didn't even realise I was doing it!
I also need to work on my arms with backstroke, my arms come out looking like T-rex arms all tucked up instead of straight(sounds comical I know!).
I hadn't planned a run.. it was valentines day.. in the evening after work I decided I needed to work off some of my planned evening meal calories off so I went out for a quick run. 3 miles - 29:50 - 9:53 min/mi.. not bad and happy to be able to maintain under 10 min/mi for my runs lately.
THE most frustrating swim EVER. I went for a swim on my lunch break. First off I forgot to start my watch at the beginning of my swim.. didn't realise until 25 minutes in.. doh! Im guessing I did around 1200-1400m.
But lets talk about some things that happened! RANT TIME.
Countless people who do not know general pool etiquette piss me off so bad. If you're slower and theres someone right behind you at the end of your length, let them go first, damn! and especially if you're using a float!
Last but not least.. and most disgusting of all.. A guy jumped in the pool, cutting me up to start his first length and as I pushed off the wall, I could see a plaster float to the top of the water from him. Bloody hell! EW.
Hadn't planned on running but ended up heading out with Phillip late in the evening for a quick run. We spent the run chatting or him laughing at my expense as I really needed the toilet and had to keep stopping(I hate when that happens!).
Parkrun day after a 2 week break. Lesson 1: Don't eat breakfast you've never run on before - My breakfast was repeating on me and didn't not sit well on my stomach. My legs felt completely fatigued on this run, I was totally lacking energy, most likely from the breakfast. I also wore 1 too many layers and was too hot and overheated so ended up with a headache. Generally not a great run but managed the 5k in 30:21 managing 9:58 min/mi average pace. Not too shabby given how I was feeling.
Headed out really early in the morning for my last long run before training. 11.47 Miles - 1:55:57 - 10:07 min/mi average pace.
Totally happy about how my run went! feeling proud of getting through all my long runs for this training cycle. Feeling rather positive about getting a good time for the half in two weeks.
So I'm keeping my fingers crossed.. but I need to not beat myself up about it if something doesn't go to plan on the day!
As an extra, I thought it'd be fun to do training vlogs every now and again to let people get a little insight into my runs, I filmed my 10 miler last week and t's live on my youtube to watch, i've embedded it below if you wanna check it out:
Im linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC again to share training diaries with other runners! So check out the linkup on her blog! :) Also, if you want to catch up on my other training diaries, you can find them all HERE.
Question: Do you prefer running on your own or with someone else? What do you typically have for food pre-run?