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running in the rain

Wed – Track: 3x500m, 2x1k, 3x500m, + 30min jog
Thur – 2k swim, swim drills, 1hr bike commute, 1hr run

The last couple of days have felt pretty good, despite doing more than I initially planned. My course has been fairly busy, and i’ve been keeping my brain engaged with a couple of articles for the paper, as well as re-writing my CV – so in a way, I think training has become quite a relief from using my brain.

Also, this weekend is race free, so I suppose I haven’t been under any pressure to hold back.

I’ve been enjoying a lot of running lately. The rain and wind and dark have made biking a bit tricky, and the turbo is not my friend unless i’m feeling truly motivated.

As good as it is to return to my first athletic love, I know that running a lot generally brings with it a host of undesirable injuries. I’m trying to moderate it, and so far all seems well, save for a bit of hamstring tightness which has been niggling me. I’m getting a sports massage on Tuesday to iron out any problems.

I think it’s mainly becuase, after a summer of being overcautious with my running and sticking to the bare minimum, much of it on a treadmill, heading back to the hills is bound to cause a bit of stress to my poor over-rested legs.

Still, the hills are welcoming, and its great to re-learn how damn good running in the rain feels.

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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