Well that could have gone better …

Got home from work on a dank and drizzly day but wanted to get out, I was late home yesterday and missed a good evening run. Is it only me that feels guilty if I don’t run. Even if I tell myself the rest will do me good too I just feel uneasy, like all my work is going to drain away … which is silly but thats my mind for ya!

So I figured a quick run to the beach and back, first half mile or so was fine and then just as I finished the fields and started on the path to the beach I suddenly felt awful. Less than a mile and I felt wasted – no energy, my vision was blurring slightly and felt light-headed. It felt like I was out of fuel but i’d travelled less than a mile! Plus I smashed my toes into a rock as I couldn’t focus on the path properly, at least that will act as a reminder!

All I can think of is that I didn’t eat enough today, I was busy in work all day and on my feet rushing around. I did eat fruit at various points during the day and had a smoothie (Yes I bought a blender thingy!)  but never felt hungry at all.  I did on the way back from the beach though which is why I’m guessing my body just needed food of some sort. I’ve equated the feeling before with a lack of sugar, I thought fruit would give me that!

Which all goes to show how little I really know about nutrition which makes me feel kind of stupid. Crashes like that shouldn’t happen, I should always carry something I can use for fuel, I keep making mistakes, I’ll keep learning I guess! I know I should eat breakfast but I really don’t feel hungry in the morning, i’ve tried and it almost makes me feel sick to try to swallow food first thing.

But enough of the moaning! Up and at ’em, one bad run does not mean a thing in the grander scheme.  In good news my achilles has been fine today!  I have started using a foam roller to see if it helps and I might be jumping the gun (just a little!) but any day with no pain is a good one.  As for the knee – a slight twinge but not too much. I’m wondering if the knee is in fact a by-product of the mud i’ve been sliding through. I noticed today that I turn my feet out slighly in slippery mud, rather like a cross country skier in order to maintain balance and provide traction. It could well be having a bearing on my knee, I shall watch for that.

Only the one photo today -This handsome chap whom I met before crash! (PS Running through muddy hoofprints as a pain in the ass but worth it to meet and greet these guys)

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Author: Gareth

Running coastal trails in South Wales and working on a healthier body and mind

5 thoughts on “Well that could have gone better …”

  1. You got a blender thingy – so exciting! Tried frozen banana and orange juice for breakfast yet? Awesome horse! I love the foam roler and stick … hate spikeys 😀 … talking of them …

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    1. Close! I had banana, orange juice and a yoghurt. I’m at the lets chuck things in and experiment phase lol Yeah i’ve only had the roller a few days and it hurts but it can’t do any harm and might just help with the injuries. Toes aching still tho!

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  2. I never really have a problem getting hungry (probably cause I’m ALWAYS eating) but you should try bringing a GU with you on your runs, they are super small and convenient so carry, or have one before you head out. I don’t like to foam roll either because it HURTS big time, I know it supposed to until your body gets used to it, but I still can’t do it

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    1. I do normally carry at least one gel with me but for a run of under 3 miles I figured I wouldn’t need it – I figured wrong! So yep i’m going to carry one no matter the distance. As for the foam roller it doesn’t hurt too bad – which probably means i’m doing it wrong but it does seem to be helping the achilles at least =)

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