Who knows a sure-fire method to sleep? I’m struggling!

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz the last two days I have been going to bed and then still being awake come stupid-o’clock in the morning!  I’d almost have been as good staying up all night. 😦

Tonight, I actually feel tired while writing, so it will be short and sweet.

Running has been going super, 21min for my 3miles both yesterday and today, feeling really easy, and moving well.  I’m even breaking strava records on my route, so thinking it’s time to start expanding my net of where I run, so I can be the Strava king of running around my area.  Everyone needs a goal right??

Yesterday a few of us viewed a great venue for our graduation ball, a few viewed one today, I’m at another tomorrow, and there are two others in the running as well.  It’s exciting doing the background work for our final ever University shindig!!

I’ve had a new clinical and sports biomechanics class started too, and they have already given us a 5000 word essay on measuring devices for research studies into biomechanics……that’s a lot of words for not a lot of credits!  plus there will be another 5000word essay due for week 8. 😦

Today was also velodrome day, and we were doing some training on team pursuit, therefore it was all about staying together as a team of 4, and switching at the bends.  It’s great fun, and a couple of the guys in our group weren’t as strong, so was well within my limits which was nice. 🙂

Anyway, my bed is calling, and a big day ahead tomorrow, so I will see you all soon!! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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How much is too much?

I guess the answer comes with the adage, how much can you do?

Today, I managed my best day of exercise for the year.  I roped myself into a research test for a friend, which simply involves running 3km one day while listening to music, and running 3km a different day, around the same route, without listening to music.  HR is taken at the end as well.  So I got up late today, after not sleeping at all well last night, and had to bust my butt cycling into uni, into a strong headwind, without any toast or anything.  As soon as I got in, I changed quickly, and then went to do my first 3km “test”.  Nothing hard, just jog 3k which we know I can do by now! haha  I did it without music, but felt the wind at the start really made me work as I ran up the slight hill.  Anyway, it was a two lap run, and I really didn’t feel like I was trying hard….an RPE of maybe 14, which is high level of easy.  And the only reason it felt that high was because of the wind.  Imagine my shock when I finished, and my HR was 172!  I put it down to being late up and not eating, as well as rushing to get in.  Anyway, I went about my day, went to a new class (Prosthetics and Orthotics, which looks interesting, but might take up a bit too much time for my liking) before sitting down and starting to collate my Research Dissertation.

I left uni with a friend at just after 6pm, and the wind was predominantly behind us, which was lovely!  I ended up recording some pretty decent times on my Strave route, moving me right up the leaderboards….that was a nice bonus.

I then picked up my bike tool kit that I lent to a friend round the corner, before coming in, changing, and heading around my 3mile loop.  21minutes.  For my 4th exercise of the day, I was hap-hap-happy.  I do feel a little tired just now, hence about to head to bed, and it’s only just turning 9pm.  But sleep is necessary for the body to recover adequately, and I didn’t sleep well last night.

Tomorrow I have more of the same…cycle to uni, research 3km “test” this time with music, cycle home, and hopefully another 3mile in the evening.  I also have another new class to attend, and also go look at a possible venue for our Uni Dept Graduation Dinner/Dance.  Busy day, along with my dissertation collation, so I will be up sharp to head in for some initial work.

Exercise rules! As Does Sleep!! 😀 x

Running along nicely.

The last few days have been fairly busy for me…I finished my essay 12hours past the hand-in time.  It’s ok though, as that’s just a 5% deduction, so everything will work out fine.  I then had a meeting about my dissertation, so have some stuff to organise for that, but it’s going ok.  I also ended up doing a cycle with the Uni guys on Friday…it was lovely and sunny, albeit it cold.  I think this is the only region in the UK not to get snow at the moment….it has flirted with it, but not actually come to anything.  It makes me sad, because I love the snow, and especially love running in it.

The cycle worked in at 36miles, plus the 5miles I had cycled to Uni in the morning, so that was a 41mile day on the bike, and after not cycling that length for a lil while, I decided to let the legs have a day off running.

On Saturday, I decided to stretch out a little bit more, letting the body work just that little bit harder.  I ended up going sub 20mins for the first time since I started back, running 19:43.  I had thought, after feeling pretty easy running 20:00-20:30, that I would maybe run a bit quicker, but if I’m honest, I felt tired before even going out.  So it’s another good step anyway….there is still signs of progression, which is always good.

I decided to take a day off exercise today, as I hadn’t had a day of nothing since the 30th of December, so felt my body deserved a relaxing day.

I’m just watching the Snooker just now, and will be in bed sharp, ready for a good week where classes start back at uni, and I exercise some more while doing more work for reports and such.

Hope blog world is well, and everyone is fit and health, and keeping their bodies moving. 🙂

Where do the days go???

Well I know you will all have missed my glorious post last night.  But I have a confession to make…..I was in bed by 7:30pm! haha  I couldn’t sleep the night before, still being awake at 3:15am, before my alarm went at 6:15 to get up.  Not a good mix!

It shows how far I’ve come in just over a week though, because I still managed to get myself up and do a run….go me!! 🙂 So that was 10 days in a row of getting out runs.

The day wasn’t very exciting though, I cycled too and from uni, and finished my presentation slides for my Thursday presentation……and I yawned a lot! ha

Today was day off running day, as had to let the body recover a bit.  I still cycled to and from Uni though, as I had my dissertation interim presentation to do.  It went alright, but according to someone else in the group listening, they thought it was pretty good…..so I have to be pleased with that. 🙂

I came home sharp, as I had my physio appointment today.  Good and bad news…..everything going well….excceeeepppppttttt, my left glute has gone backward from how it was at the last visit.  The main problem before was it isn’t firing, which activates the muscle, and sadly it has gone back to that state, even though I’ve been doing my exercises.  This means that all the effort being done is through the hamstring, which will just cause over use of the opposite side again if it doesn’t get going.  So I have some exercises to do: basically, I have to clench my bum cheeks together (while lying on my front) and then lift the leg off the ground.  This helps teach the glute to fire before bringing the hamstring into the equation – which will hopefully cause a neural change, where my body remembers this is the routine, and it will all start to fire correctly again.

I have other exercises to keep doing too, but that’s the main one at the moment.  If muscles don’t work properly, you might as well not have them. 😦

So tonight I relaxed and watched tv with mum, and am just about to head through to my bed.  I’m off into uni again tomorrow, as I have another hand-in next week, and require some feedback from the lecturer, so that will keep me busy….and I’m heading to my mates house tomorrow night, so it may be Saturday before I post again….I’m sure you can all cope until then. 😉

Hope the world is treating everyone well, and I look forward to you reading my post again in the near future. 😉

Early Morning Assault…..that’s what the pavement got, not me!

WAKE UUUUPPPPPP!!!!  That’s what I did this morning!  I set my alarm for 6:15, and rolled out of bed not long after 6:30 and headed for my 3mile run (which is not 3miles, as I added a lap round my cul-de-sac which brought the run up from 2.8miles).

Morning runs are the bain/bane of my life (again, I’m not sure which spelling is correct, so I have given both!) as I just never feel awake enough.  It’s not a problem when you’re fit, because you just get on with it, but when you’re not, you just wanna walk home after half a mile, because your body wants to sleep.  But I got round the run in just under 22mins (morning runs are always a bit slower if you’ve only just rolled out of bed, so I don’t worry what speed they are….it would be a different story if I’d been up for an hour or two, and had some coffee and toast though).

Next up, shower and change, plus some juice, before getting on the bike and cycling to uni. Today was hand-in day for CAED systems, and I still had to print my individual stuff, plus finish my part of the group work and help put it together.  

One bonus…the uni has a starbucks the cafe right across from our building, so I got myself a Latte and an Oats-So-Simple porridge, and that fuelled me till lunch time.

We got everything done, and it was all handed in in time, so that’s one thing checked off my to do list, only two more for this week, and then it’s big work on my individual design project for the hand in on the 30th of January……arrrggghhhhh

So, that’s me off to bed again…another early day tomorrow is on the cards, so sleep is crucial until my body gets used to it’s routine.

Tune intomorrow to find out how riveting it will be…..same bat-time…..same bat-channel. 😉

Sunday = Rest Day?? NAAAHHHHHH!!

So I woke sharp to my alarm, and proceeded to snooze it….yes, laziness still there….but I didn’t snooze it for long, and eventually I was up and getting ready to get out the door for my run.  Managed to go past my 2.1mile turning point, and went to the next main junction, making the run 2.8miles.  

Slowly stepping up the miles is key to staying injury free now, so I won’t be jumping into things willy-nilly.  Felt pretty comfortable running today, and when I got home and looked at my phone, I was shocked to see the average pace was 6:58/mile.  I purposely stayed easy going down the road because i knew I wanted to do the 3mile loop (I’ll have to add a bit on somewhere to actually make it 3 though).  It’s like riding a bike I guess – you’re always a bit rusty after not being on one for a while, but it’s not long before your muscles find that memory of what they used to do, and then it’s just a matter of building the fitness to do it as fast as you want to. 🙂

So once home, I showered, made some porridge, then got my stuff together before jumping on the bike and taking the 4.9mile cycle to uni to work for the day.

Managed to finish off my individual journal review due for tomorrow, and sorted the little errors on my drawings, and by that time it was 7pm….home time.  I still have stuff to do for the group section, but I decided an early night was needed tonight, as I didn’t sleep much last night, and then I’ll set the alarm for 6-6:30 and get myself into Uni for 8am so I can print my stuff, and finish the extra bits needed.  Really shouldn’t have left it this late, but it’s only an elective class, and I just need a pass – oh and the class is boring.  “Computer-Aided Engineering Design Systems”. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

So that’s me logging off for the night, and heading through to bed.  Hope the world is being good out there! 

Until tomorrow night…..so long.