Andrea Cunningham Week 5 and 6 - What a feeling

9th May 2011

Hi everyone I’m back with my 5th journal entry.  Well I did it 26.2miles complete…such a great feeling!!!  Did not appreciate the hot weather though having done nearly all of my training in the cold it certainly was a shock to the system.  Having said that though my breathing was defiantly much better than it had been a month ago even in the heat so my POWERbreathe training is definitely working!

That was on Monday and I was straight back to work on Tuesday nonetheless I was on a high all week!  I haven’t been able to get my trainers back on my feet though as I now have a couple of wobbly toe nails so the only exercise I’ve been able to do since then has been a few bike rides inside at home (without shoes)!!!  Thursday I decided the only way my sore legs were going to recover was to try to do something so15miles on the bike sorted them out and then I did 10miles on Friday and the same on Saturday.

I cant say I enjoyed all of the marathon especially from 21-25miles I perhaps could say I hated that part though up to 21miles and the 25-26.2 miles were ok but the feeling was so good when I finished I’ve decided to do it all again in October for the Dublin marathon….perhaps I was drunk on adrenaline when I agreed to it but I’m hoping if I maintain and improve my fitness now for this one I will do much better and hopefully will find it easier!  Who knows but I’m going to give it shot anyway so I won’t be hanging my trainers up anytime soon!

16th May 2011

Hi everyone I’m back with my 6th journal entry.  Well this week I’ve been varying my training at last something other than running!!  Tuesday and Thursday I ran 10k both on the treadmill as the weather has been pretty shocking here this week unfortunately and for some reason now my knee hurts!!  I mean I run a million miles for training for the marathon and now an easy couple of 10ks and my knee starts to hurt hopefully it’ll fix itself in a few days.

I also went to Body Combat on Tuesday & Thursday which is a non-contact martial arts based class which is a mixture of Karate, Tae Kwan Do, Kung Fu, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and Tai Chi.  Before the marathon this class used to absolutely kill me but surprisingly I didn’t find it anywhere near a tough as I used to, hooray!!

I’ve still been using my PowerBreathe everyday morning and night and increasing the load slightly when I’ve been able to do the 30 breaths in one go!  Though I had a small operation on Friday and I haven’t been feeling great since so I’m afraid to say I’ve had to set it aside for the last few days but I’ll get back into it tonight.

Hopefully this week coming the trainers will be back on and I’ll tackle my first 10miler since the marathon (and I for one never ever thought I'd say those words again)!!  Well that’s all for now folks talk to you next week :-)