Injuries, and Working, and Tweets, oh my!

From last week’s training, I decided I don’t care if I’m not at a 6 min/k for the run. I’m still trying for it, but have just accepted that if I’m not there, it’s not the end of the world.

Because Doctor Who has taught me that time is wibbly wobbly, let’s start with the last “bad” thing. ┬áThis tweet from the brilliant Jingle Bell Run/Walk Seattle team. OK, well from Jen Masar.

JBR Tweet




I know you’re wondering why such a gorgeous post was bad. I really wasn’t feeling amazing.

So back in the TARDIS and dial back a week.

It was a running week that I plan to forget exists. Really, I’m doing last week’s training schedule this week. It was that bad.

The last time we chatted I had just finished my first speed session. All was well.

The next day my left shin started to hurt. Really, freaking, hurt. A benefit of Nats being in Melbourne and me being in Seattle is that I can hide small injuries. This scared me. My left ankle was sore at the start, but I think that was just from wearing heels. Working from home means I don’t wear “grown-up shoes” much anymore.

But, yes, the shin. I messaged Nats and she asked me a trillion questions. We worked out it was localized, throbbing, and only when I was resting. I was also booked to work five conference days. These are high-energy, on-my-feet days.

Nats gave me an alternate training plan. Cycling or swimming until I could hop on that leg. *sigh* Not my favorite things, but I’ll do it to avoid a worse injury later.

Saturday was day one conference. My shin was fine, but I was exhausted. I fully intended to go running each evening, but getting home around 8pm, and needing to up at 5am meant it really didn’t happen. Not even the TARDIS could have helped. Well, maybe if it took me back far enough for sleep as well.

I also hadn’t posted anything here.

Then Jen tweeted the gorgeous Tweet.

I know bad weeks happen, and I did what I could to manage the injuries and not hinder my day job. I’m thankful I have Nats to remind me that it’s OK.

Tonight’s speed run was OK. I started faltering towards the end but the “off” pace was within what Nats had set. She told me tonight that I can still hit my target race pace, but I think it’s a mental adjustment for me to accept it if I don’t make it. We’ll see, there are still lots of days to run before the race.

Are you following the Jingle Bell Run/Walk on Twitter? How about facebook? you should.

OK, so speed work isn’t that bad.

Bianca-SmithBut still, Natalie, I hate you with love.

I was drafting this while running this evening. Through the warm up, I was thinking that there’s no way I can do four 400m sprints. The pace was over a minute faster than I had done a 200m sprint at. I needed to do it again, but eight times over.

So, yes, I hated you for the transition to speed work. Let’s forget that I wanted to speed things up.

Actually speed work wasn’t that bad. I made it through it all, but with a stitch at the end. It’s kind of like my first “war wound”.

And because I’ve promised this blog is baring all, that’s a photo of me post-workout. Nats, recognize the shirt?

Bianca and the 5k Run

jingle-bell-5k-runI’ve always had a hate/hate relationship with fitness. I’d conveniently “forget” my sport uniform to skip PE class. Catching a bus to work was easier because I could read on the way. Multi-tasking, right?

It’s not to say I didn’t try. Unfortunately it was more intention than effort.

Then there’s my friend Natalie. She ran the Mother’s Day Classic 5k run in Melbourne while I worked it. The day we met she had scratches from a bush hike a few days previously. She runs marathons, and I don’t mean the IT development type.

Nats is coaching me to run 5k in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk with a six minutes per kilometer pace.

I started running in May using a combination of app-based running programs. The results were stagnating quickly and my shins were painful. I probably would have given up, except for Nats. We caught up in Melbourne in September and she agreed to coach me.

Working with Nats has definitely helped. We’re blogging the next three months to prove that this little bookworm can do a 5k run.