Wednesday Morning Commute to Work (injury?)

No warm up, 11k run commute, 500m cool down walk, a bit of stretching.

As usual, I had the backpack packed and the running gear laid out for the morning. The preparation is key in my opinion and allows for a bit more sleep. Below a picture of my usual running commute gear.

 

Alarm goes off at 6 am, I dismiss it and lie down for a couple of minutes before getting up. Next thing, wife turns around and asks me if I’m not running to work today. I look at the phone… it’s 6.20am! A bit of panic, but having everything prepared the night before didn’t set me back too much. The only thing I forgot is lunch.

It wasn’t too cold this morning and it didn’t rain even though it was forecast. That’s Ireland for ya 😉

I got used to the OMM Ultra 15 backpack by now and don’t even notice it anymore while running. At km 5 I have noticed a bit of discomfort in the right mid-foot section. By km 7, the discomfort has changed into pain on the outside of the foot and heel. I kept running, hoping this is only temporary, but the pain has not eased off. I just tried to concentrate on different things and it has worked to some extend.

After having a shower at work, changed into normal shoes, I noticed that the pain is still there. I think it could have something to do with my pronation and running form in general. I’ll give it a rest till Saturday and see how it feels, before I do parkrun. I’m hoping that it’s not an injury. At this stage it’s less than 5 weeks to the Kinvara half marathon and I have enough to worry about and definitely do not need an injury to deal with.

Have you experienced similar issues? Any idea what it could be? Should I get it checked out or just give it a rest?

Wednesday Morning Run Commute to Work STRAVA Activity

Wednesday Morning Commute to Work (injury?)

parkrun & Monday morning run commute to work

Saturday: dynamic stretching, couple of sprints to get the HR up, 5k parkrun, stretching.

Its seems that here in Galway we’re starting to pay for all the good weather we had this winter. Saturday morning was very cold with freezing rain. On the way to parkrun it was absolutely lashing. The running gods must’ve put in a good word as it stopped raining just for the duration of the 5k run. It started raining straight after I finished with 24:44. Not a particularly good time for 5k, but at least I got to run. Last week’s mileage wasn’t great at all. I missed one commute to work and didn’t to my long run on Sunday mainly due to bad weather. It looks like the weather isn’t going to improve much over the next couple of weeks, so the only choice is to man up and go out running, I suppose.

Monday: No warm up, 11k run commute, 500m cool down walk, a bit of stretching.

Decision was made on Sunday to run to work Monday morning. As I need to up the weekly mileage again, I am aiming for 3 run commute sessions this week as well as a long run on Sunday. Not sure if I’ll be able to do the parkrun on Saturday unless I feel good and there isn’t too much fatigue in the legs. We’ll have to wait and see.

This morning’s run commute to work was rather uneventfull, it was cold and wet but it didn’t rain during the 11k run. Once I was over the two minor hills at km 6, I started to enjoy the run. I kept positive and kept going, there wasn’t a single instance where I thought of stopping or taking a break. I consider this a successful run.

Oranmore parkrun STRAVA Activity

Monday morning Run Commute to Work STRAVA Activity

parkrun & Monday morning run commute to work

Tuesday Morning Run Commute to Work

Run Commute: No warm up, 11k run, 500m cool down walk.

This was pretty much same run as last Friday. Tried to take it as easy as I could, but still need to work on pacing the early kilometers better, so I have more left in the tank towards the end.

Weather conditions were different though. Light mist, but much warmer with 9 degrees Celsius. It was a happy and enjoyable run, not even getting splashed by a van was able to take this away from me. I just laughed to myself and thought that the splash of cold salty water puddle was rather refreshing. Salty water? Yes, I actually got to taste it…

Towards the end of the commute, I caught myself leaning forward a bit. I immediately straightened my back and could feel the stride lengthening as well as getting slightly faster. This is one of the areas, that I need to do quite a bit of work on. Running form is very important. Also, being able to make the stride longer should eventually improve speed. That’s what I hope for at least.

Tuesday Run Commute to Work STRAVA Activity.

Tuesday Morning Run Commute to Work

Friday Run Commute

Run Commute: No warm up, 11k run, 500m cool down walk.

Thursday morning didn’t work out for a run commute as my wife needed me to help with stuff in the morning and we drove to work. This morning, I woke up 5 min before my 6am alarm and I waited patiently for the alarm to go off. Once I turned it off I decided to stay in bed for a couple of minutes. Woke up in panic 10min later. Got dressed, brushed my teeth, had a glass of water and off I went with the most recent Marathon Talk Podcast in my ears. It was a rather cold but dry morning.

I made strategic decision not to bring any water on the run to avoid any temptation to stop for a drink. It worked, however at km 2 I had to stop as the podcast has stopped playing for some reason. As I use the wired yurbuds for my running, I had to take the backpack off to reach into the top pocket and start the playback again.

I have mentally prepared myself for two milestones during today’s run, km 6 (that’s where I stopped on last run commute) and km 8 (same as km 6). I found that it helped with the motivation and kept me going. Unfortunately, at km 8 I had to take a break and reach into top pocket of the rucksack again to increase the volume. This is when the traffic really starts and the cars passing by are getting louder.

I ran through km 10, that’s where I gave up completely on Tuesday’s commute and kept going to km 11. I decided to take the last 500 meters walking and use it as a cool down.

Even though, it wasn’t without minor hiccups, it was a very enjoyable run and has instilled me with a bit of confidence. 6 weeks left till the Kinvara half marathon.

The backpack (OMM Ultra 15) has performed superbly this morning. I didn’t have to adjust any straps, it just sat there comfortably and after a little while, I forgot that I had it on. Minor thing is that the waist strap (which actually sits across my belly rather than waist) moved a little bit from side to side. I’m not sure if it’s the backpack itself or my hips movement (or the stride in fact). This didn’t cause chafing or any problems at all and was barely noticeable.

Run Commute STRAVA Activity

Friday Run Commute

The consequences of not running for 2 weeks

Run Commute: No warm up, 10k run.

When packing my new run commute backpack last night, I was looking forward to my run in the morning. Got out of the bed at 6.10, put the running gear on, checked head torch – put in new batteries, backpack on, doors locked, off to work I ran.

It took me a while to get the backpack set up comfortably enough. I did this whilst running, of course. It seems that the sternum strap just keeps going up. I need to look into this again. I have possibly set all of the straps a bit wrong. The backpack itself is very light and seems to sit well against the back. I haven’t noticed too much bouncing or any discomfort. I have for the first time, brought some water with me in the side pocket. I used one of my small cycling bottles and filled it with approx. 300ml.

At km 6, I had to stop for a toilet break, and took the opportunity to have a sip of water. This is when things started to go bad. Both legs and mind started to struggle to keep going. At km 8, I stopped again and had a sip of water. At km 10 Istopped running completely and decided to walk the remaining 1.5k. What the F*&%K just happened? That’s the question I kept asking myself as I continued to walk to work.

The conclusion I came to was: I was sick for a week, then I flew over to the U.S. for nearly a week, where I put my body through torture of a different nature (four consecutive nights of substantial alcohol consumption, 5-6 hours sleep and rather unhealthy food). In total 2 weeks of not running, lack of consistency as well as very poor lifestyle choice has lead to this moment, where I was not able to push myself to run another 1.5k.

Some of it is my fault and some isn’t, however it is entirely up to me to get to where I need to be.

Run Commute STRAVA Activity

The consequences of not running for 2 weeks

Run Commute

No warm up, 11k Run Commute to Work, stretching.

As wife and son are still enjoying the Christmas break, I didn’t want to wake them up and ask them to drive me to the train station, I had three choices: walk to train/bus, cycle to work or run to work. Being on the running high and wanting to get as many miles in as possible before the year ends, I decided to run. I have done this before, so I packed the bag before going to bed last night. It seemed rather heavy, as had to bring shoes, jacket towel and shower gel. I consider myself lucky to have a shower at work. I weighed it and came at nearly 7kg! The backpack I used is my cycling commute one (Osprey Momentum 30), and it’s not the lightest.

I got out the door roughly at 6:50am, knowing that the run will take me more than an hour for a couple of reasons: the weight of the fully packed bag and fatigued legs from the Fields of Athenry 10k on Monday.

As it was dark, the headlamp and a rear red blinking light were a necessity. Thankfully it was a dry and not too cold of a morning. I did enjoy the run, but at km 7 I felt like getting sick on the side of the road. This must’ve been the espresso I consumed only two minutes before heading out. I did not stop and it went away after 5min or so, just to feel the same thing at km 10. The waist strap of the backpack did not help in this situation. Being so close to work, decided to keep going hoping this would go away just like the first time. Thankfully it did.

All things considered, I’m rather happy with the average pace of 6:00 per km.

If I feel ok tonight, I might do the same run commute tomorrow (will lay off the espresso, though), and will make Friday a rest day. Planning to finish the year with a parkrun on New Year’s Eve.

Run Commute STRAVA Activity

Run Commute