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Training Log Archive: mary

In the 31 days ending May 31, 2020:

activity # timemileskm+m
  S&C13 3:35:00
  running7 3:17:07 13.88(14:12) 22.34(8:50) 184
  Yoga/Pilates 9 1:33:00
  Forest Orienteering1 1:16:33 4.44(17:14) 7.15(10:42) 75
  orienteering2 1:10:56 5.72(12:24) 9.21(7:42) 7333 /35c94%
  hike1 29:05 0.81(35:54) 1.3(22:18) 40
  Total29 11:21:41 24.86 40.0 37133 /35c94%
  [1-5]25 10:22:36
averages - sleep:9.9

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Sunday May 31, 2020 #

11 AM

hike 29:05 [0] 1.3 km (22:18 / km) +40m 19:22 / km
ahr:110 max:157 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

Thought we were going for a long walk today but it turned out to be quite short but that was ok because I felt pretty knackered and we were quite busy packing up our stuff from my parents. Thought about doing strength but was too busy and tired

Saturday May 30, 2020 #

3 PM

Forest Orienteering 1:16:33 [2] 7.15 km (10:42 / km) +75m 10:10 / km
ahr:140 max:182 shoes: Saucony Peregrine 10

Mum, Dad, Nath and I went out to Stockhill... was lovely! N did the British champs course and we just did a smaller one, I used my C25K timings - 3x7R2W and then another 5R at the end to finish the course. Then went and did another half hour walking to go round another loop but trying not to push it too hard. So probably 40/60 running/walking. Just really enjoyed it... absolutely buggered now though

Friday May 29, 2020 #

S&C 30:00 [2]

Normal set. Done a lot today, woodwork and gardening all day and a walk and S&C but have just really felt like I had the energy and motivated which is such a good feeling but hopefully I won’t be paying for it tomorrow/over the next week... if I am I just have to remind myself that it was all in the name of blowing off some steam for the first time in 6months and felt good and to reset ready to go again!!! So I’ve written this one for me more than anyone else!

Thursday May 28, 2020 #

S&C 20:00 [2]

Only two rounds of the normal set what I could fit in before circuits. Spend a lot of the day doing woodwork so was pretty knackered by circuits anyway

S&C 10:00 [1]

Demos in circuits

Yoga/Pilates 8:00 [1]


Wednesday May 27, 2020 #

(rest day)

Went for a big old walk with a picnic and a swim so quite leisurely but a few hours of that in the sun was enough for the day!

Tuesday May 26, 2020 #

12 PM

running 32:09 [2] 3.88 km (8:17 / km) +31m 7:58 / km
ahr:148 max:175 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

C25K - 5R3W - with mum, dad had to bail with back pain... so hot and a bit hayfevery but had the energy to do it today which was nice

Monday May 25, 2020 #

S&C 25:00 [2]

Normal set week 3 increase

Sunday May 24, 2020 #

3 PM

orienteering 37:17 [2] 4.65 km (8:01 / km) +23m 7:50 / km
ahr:151 max:184 slept:9.0 shoes: Saucony Peregrine 10

C25K- 4 x 5R3W - went to Durdham Downs BOK POC with dad. SO many people out... Dad got yelled out when he entered a gyppo camp because his control was between their caravans lol

Saturday May 23, 2020 #

S&C 20:00 [2]

Just the normal set.
Throat seems to have settled a bit but just feeling completely knackered this week, no energy for exercise and little motivation!
Went out to the shop with Dad and Nath after and then had to crash out and sleep for another 2ish hours today!
Just generally feeling a little frustrated as this seems like a crap week after the last few have all been on the improve... I’ve probably slept an average of 11-12hrs per day when you include naps this week. Need to keep reminding myself that there will be weeks like this and keeping positive is gonna help get back to normal!

Friday May 22, 2020 #

Yoga/Pilates (Stretch) 10:00 [0]

Felt really rubbish all day after running... didn’t really get anything else done and had to have a sleep in the afternoon... not been a great week
1 PM

running 31:00 [2] 3.29 km (9:26 / km) +23m 9:06 / km
ahr:145 max:176 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

C25K with Dad - very slow today.. 5 x 3R3W both of us not feeling great

Thursday May 21, 2020 #

(rest day)

Spent the morning doing a climate collage workshop and then felt pretty knackered again so just took it easy for the day again. I'm trying to keep the exercise to a minimum on thursdays so I have the energy to take the SYO circuits class each week - which I did this week and I felt pretty good doing so.

Wednesday May 20, 2020 #

slept:10.0 (rest day)

Probably still did more than I should have yesterday And feeling a bit sore in the neck still and quite mentally drained so just taking it easy again today!

Tuesday May 19, 2020 #

slept:10.0 (rest day)

Feeling pretty tired and a bit sore in the neck so took a day off from exercise (ish) just had a little Easy muck around tennis game with Nath dad and the dog in the evening!

Monday May 18, 2020 #

S&C 20:00 [2]

Yoga/Pilates 10:00 [1]

Felt pretty tired and a bit of a sore throat all day so maybe need to take it a bit easier tomorrow

Sunday May 17, 2020 #

1 PM

orienteering 33:39 [3] 4.56 km (7:22 / km) +50m 7:00 / km
ahr:152 max:182 spiked:33/35c slept:9.0 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

Dad, Mum, Nath and I went out to one of BOKs TOCs at Warmsley and I did my C25K run round that - 4x5R3W (was meant to only be 3 whoopsie) so fun to be on an orienteering map... even if it was only a huge plod!

Saturday May 16, 2020 #

S&C 15:00 [2]

Yoga/Pilates 15:00 [1]

Feel a bit dizzy today... maybe did a bit too much yesterday


Haven’t been logging for a while.... been a bumpy 6months (not just with corona).

After China last year I came home with this absolute overarching feeling of fatigue which I initially put down to end of season/post viral crash and took a planned few weeks off.
I had had some sort of horrendous viral thing in China which I can only imagine is what having coronavirus might be like - a lot of people have joked to me about being patient zero or conspiracy theories about where the virus actually originated, but whatever I picked up was on the plane from Amsterdam as I could feel my throat before we even landed. I felt so unwell in the following days that I went out to the middle race just so I wouldn’t be in the hotel myself and had people around in case I took a nose dive... stupidly I got out and got myself going and started the race to all but immediately pull out. I ran possibly the worst race of my life in the MSR but Anna wanted to run 4th so I wanted to start so the others could run. After a day off I felt a little better in the Sprint and had the best Aus girls result, ill put down to a good technical race, but in reflection I was not in a good way in China and the symptoms seem to just have never fully gone away.

My time off in Nov didn’t improve anything and I was finding myself increasingly fatigued from work and generally unmotivated going into dec/christmas time. I spoke to the doc in nov(who was unhelpful - told me not to focus on ferritin due to lack of research and instead take more echinacea... hmm) and a few other people and decided to focus on my ferritin levels - take a few more weeks off, get them up and have a delayed start to winter training... just sort of muddling on through trying to do bits tired until then. At my request the doc did full bloods, thyroid, Lyme disease - a whole bunch... all came back normal but ferritin was right at the bottom of the normal scale.

Still no improvement after a month or so of iron in jan so I decided to bite the bullet and pay an extortionate amount of money to speak with a sports doc. She thoroughly went through everything with me and suggested a few things to check; for asthma, bone density, and discuss my coil with the doc and about potentially removing that to eliminate any (if even small) unwanted normal response.
By this point I was going through a constant pattern of trying to build up training for a week or two then crashing and picking up a bunch of flu symptoms every other week... having a week off, getting rid of most symptoms, starting again and following the same pattern. I had joined a gym in order to get sessions done straight after work and completely stopped exercising outside in the cold air in hope to get back to normal training avoid the chest irritations.

I took two weeks off work in feb and went and visited Kirsten (who’s been a great support to chat to) and then went on to the Lidingo camp which all seemed quite positive and although feeling tired and uneasy I had a reasonably good week of training and enjoyed the sun. I’m going to put this down to time of work, warm weather and being in a new environment as I then came back to the UK straight into a work trip and had my biggest crash yet a week later.

I took my sports doc letter to my GP and she basically insinuated that the doc had no credentials and doing these tests was a waste of time and that if I had a persistent cold I would feel like I had asthma which was frustrating after all I’d payed. This was the point when I just broke down a bit; I knew I didn't just have a cold and how ongoingly fatigued and unmotivated I have been was not normal and the anxiety of what might be wrong with me and frustration of getting fobbed off by the GP just sent me downhill. I went back a week later on my birthday and was told that although seriously unlikely with the amount of hormone that I was probably depressed as a hormonal response to my coil and to get that removed.

This was when corona all kicked off and getting that removed proved to be futile and a complete nightmare! The cord had coiled up so the GP couldn’t remove it, SH in Sheff had closed for corona, I went down to my parents place and SH in Bath tried unsuccessfully and left me in quite a bit of pain and distressed, so two days later I ended up in A&E and then gyne in Bath (who felt this wouldn’t stop the fatigue but I was being given the run around) and they eventually managed to get it out.

A few weeks later there was still no improvement from having this removed so I spoke to yet another GP in Sheff and finally I found someone who was actually willing to converse with me instead of giving me some flippant try this answer. She suspected post viral chronic fatigue but couldn’t do a whole lot at the time as everything was halted for corona. When she called again a fortnight later she suggested I go on some anti anxiety meds to eliminate the mental fatigue until we could get the last blood tests done and start a CFS program.

They have helped a lot and eventually I felt like I could start doing some very light movement (walking, yoga etc) again instead of being a zombie in front of the tele from dawn till dusk. Then I got my first period since getting the coil out and it was the worst I think I have ever had! I think I probably lost a half pint of blood, which is not incomprehensible but its a lot for a period and a bit of a blow when your bodies already constantly struggling to repair, stave off illness and build up strength. It was just another set back.

Two weeks later I was able to get the last blood tests done; coeliacs, glandular, imuno markers etc and they all came back normal, so she has now diagnosed me with post viral CFS - 6months later (which I guess is a reasonably normal timespan for diagnosis.... but I cant put words to how long winded this has been and how messed around I’ve felt). 7 weeks after the other GP told me the fatigue was caused by depression I finally managed to get an appointment with the mental health services - I explained to them where I was at and that I didnt feel this was correct but I was anxious about this CFS and the process of dealing with it so they have put me on a course for how to manage it. I know the NHS is stretched (now more than ever) but I feel for anyone who is really truly suffering from depression left to their own devices for 7 weeks before they can begin talking to someone.

3 weeks on again and I feel like I am starting to build a little strength... I still have good and bad days and am taking each as they come but I have managed to start some yoga, light S&C and C25K (which feels like such a cop out from where I was last year but) its about what I can manage sustainably and I’m hoping will be the very slow start to pacing that will get me back to normal. My body is still taking such a long time to recover... after doing 10mins of S&C I feel the next day as if Ive run a World Cup long and I get early warning signs when I’m overdoing it as my neck gets so sore and glands get all swollen which is pretty common with CFS.

This whole thing has been so shit and frustrating after two great years but perhaps I was pushing it packing so much into life and snowballing small illnesses... perhaps China was the straw that broke the camels back. I have finished working at Virgin and moved onto a new contract now at U&R and I feel confident that I can balance life a little better again when it gets back to normal and will definitely try taking a new approach to work/training balance.
I’m possibly one of the few people out there that corona has indirectly been a blessing for... Lockdown came at the time where I would have been looking at going on sick leave and has taken all the work/money/training and race pressures out of my life and allowed me a few months just to rest and a year to relax about trying to build back up. I have also been lucky to have so much support, particularly from Nathan and both of our parents who have just looked after me every single day and tried to keep me occupied and in good spirits.

So I’m sure it’ll still be bumpy but here’s to hoping its onwards and upwards from here!

Friday May 15, 2020 #

Yoga/Pilates 10:00 [1]

Post run
11 AM

running 30:42 [2] 3.67 km (8:22 / km) +29m 8:03 / km
ahr:140 max:174 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

C25K - 5 x 3R3W - with mum and Wati, heavy chest - hayfevery I think

Thursday May 14, 2020 #

S&C 15:00 [2]

Yoga/Pilates 10:00 [1]

Wednesday May 13, 2020 #

Yoga/Pilates 10:00 [1]

11 AM

running 25:11 [2] 3.3 km (7:38 / km) +32m 7:17 / km
ahr:140 max:165 slept:11.0 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

C25K - 4x3R3W w Nath and Wati - a bit faster with N

Tuesday May 12, 2020 #

S&C 10:00 [2]

Monday May 11, 2020 #

10 AM

running 26:54 [2] 2.91 km (9:14 / km) +27m 8:49 / km
ahr:144 max:176 slept:11.0 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

C25K - 5x2R3W - with mum and Wati - feel rough today

Sunday May 10, 2020 #

S&C 10:00 [2]

Saturday May 9, 2020 #

S&C 10:00 [2]

Friday May 8, 2020 #

Yoga/Pilates (Stretch) 10:00 [0]

10 AM

running 31:10 [2] 3.0 km (10:23 / km) +30m 9:53 / km
ahr:136 max:181 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

C25K - 5x2R4W - w Mum, Dad, Wati and Romeo

Thursday May 7, 2020 #

S&C 10:00 [2]

Wednesday May 6, 2020 #

Yoga/Pilates (Stretch) 10:00 [0]

10 AM

running 20:01 [2] 2.28 km (8:46 / km) +12m 8:33 / km
ahr:142 max:173 shoes: Saucony freedom 3

C25K - 10x1R1W - w Mum, Dad, Wati and Romeo

Tuesday May 5, 2020 #

S&C 10:00 [2]

Monday May 4, 2020 #

S&C 10:00 [2]

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