And the sunshine continues!

I’m pleased to say that the training is still going strong!

After Saturday’s skating trip, I took it easy on Sunday, but come Monday the 14-mile daily cycling commute started all over again. I have to say, it certainly feels easier in the beautiful sunshine! The Surrey countryside is gorgeous! I’ll have to take some pictures along the route at some point – I keep meaning to, but it’s so easy to forget when you constantly have large vehicles passing you with barely an inch to spare ..

(Swearing at them in response, however, is a great stress reliever! At least, so I’ve been told ..)

Today, I jumped back on the marathon bandwagon and got out for my first (official) training run. The schedule said three miles, but with the weather as beautiful as it is, I made it 3.25. (I had promised my friend we would only run 5k – though she seemed quite pleased when I showed her my sports band at the end! Longest run yet, and at a consistent sub-11 minute pace! You rock!)

Summer running gear makes me happy! This is actually the first time I’ve run outside in a sleeveless running top, and the first time I’ve run my short route in daylight! Winter lasted foreeever last (this?) year!

As the photographic evidence proves, I even foam rolled. It hurt. Cycling has really tightened my calves and quads, and falling out of my running routine has also thrown me off of my stretching/rolling routine. I’m definitely going to have to put aside more time for it each day, even if I’m not necessarily running.

As for the My Fitness Pal app, I’m loving it! I’ve stuck to my 1360 daily calorie goal for three days now. In fact, as it stands I still have 620 left for this evening! Extra snacks for the win!

It’s a great motivator for working out. I got home yesterday evening, and had eaten a bigger lunch than I had planned – I really wanted some chocolate, but didn’t quite have enough calories left for that and my evening meal. So what did I do? I speed-walked up the big hill to Sainsburys to buy said chocolate, burning off the necessary calories in the process (and a little extra. Woo!)

My friends have told me that it isn’t supposed to work that way, and that I’m not meant to burn calories as an excuse to eat more .. But where’s the fun in burning calories, if you don’t get to use it as an excuse to eat more chocolate!?

I don’t understand this dieting malarkey.


3 thoughts on “And the sunshine continues!

    • I think so, yeah. I used to have real problems with my calves, and foam rolling them has seemed to loosen them up. The trick is to do it regularly enough! My roller is just a cheap one (about £8 from Amazon), so I don’t know if other models might work better, but it’s done ok for me so far 🙂

      I do find that it’s sometimes hard to get deep enough into the muscle if I’ve been rolling an area regularly – it can be tricky getting enough weight on the body part to feel the same effect. Maybe in that situation, one of the textured ones would be better, as they’re designed to get deeper?

      • Thanks that’s great information! I think I might try one of the cheaper ones and maybe if it helps get a textured one later so I don’t spend too much at once 🙂

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