An outlet for the many voices in my head on being muslim, running and my love affair with jellybabies

training

Morning running

I’ve never been a morning person let alone a morning runner. I decided to give it a try this morning after having managed in Ramadaan to force myself to gym in the mornings – on three occasions would you believe. I did 10km this morning and it was fantastic, I still managed to be in the office at a decent time but the greatest feeling of all is knowing that my mileage for the day is complete. This is making me think that Comrades training for next year is indeed possible. I even have a crazier idea: to jog to work in the morning every day and shower at the gym near work. This would give me at least 55km between Monday and Friday before my long run….but okay lets not get ahead of ourselves!!


First winter run

so i successfully managed to go out for a little run yesterday. man was it cold but once i got going it was really really enjoying! but i benefitted from having worn my running top under my work clothes, im going to be doing this a lot more. my knee is still giving me problems so looks like its back to strapping it. I think my new strategy is going to be, run 3x a week but run mon, tues, wed and then rest the other two days, that way i get my mileage out of the way by Wednesday. Inshallah i should be back to doing 40km weekly mileage soon. In the mean time, im saving up for some Under-Armour! As you can see, im a nut when it comes to outfits.

Although i’m not terribly crazy about her, paula radcliffe has probably done a bit to market compression clothing (think: her long white socks) in recent times. The secret to compression clothing is that it is designed to wrap around key muscle groups and reduce muscle movement therefore focussing the direction of the muscle. Compression reduces muscle vibration therefore reducing tissue damage and muscle soreness. Compression clothing should accelerate blood flow which (apparently) helps the body to eliminate lactic acid and other metabolic wastes. There are however some debates at the moment about whether lactic acid is a metabolic waste at all….need to blog about that some time!