I have been away on vacation for the past 2 weeks in Crete (Greece), and while it was fantastic, I am glad to be back and catch up with all of you. If Crete interests you, you can check out my first post here (Chania region) and my second post will be coming out mid week, as well as some “Vacation-fessions” soon !
In short, training didn’t go well / as planned. We flew to Greece on the Friday, so this is a Friday to Friday recap :
Week of July 29th (Chania)
We were staying in a small apartment in a small complex in a resort town. Notice the spiral stairway in the background of the photo.
There were roads but no specific biking or running path. It was 80 degrees at 7 a.m. Not the best running conditions, but I went out any way. In short :
- Friday : Flew to Greece
- Saturday : 6,5 K in 50 minutes
- Sunday : Off
- Monday : Off
- Tuesday : 9K in 1 hour 5 minutes
- Wednesday : Off
- Thursday : 8K hike
Physically, the week was tough. Before leaving for Greece I had done a 27K run on the Thursday because I knew this would not get done while in Greece. We arrived in Greece on Friday and not sure if it was the long run, new bedding, travel, change of temps… but I had both a pinched nerve in my upper back / neck AND my left sciatic nerve was protesting by Sunday morning. I NEVER have issues with my left sciatic and my pinched nerve is something that comes and goes but had been gone for at least 5 years !
I am sure this didn’t help :
- I was wearing flip flops alot.
… going up and down that narrow spiral staircase. Every time I would go down the stairs (with feet at a funny angle because of the stairs) my right achilles would pop / make this snapping sound. And I went up and down those stairs 10 times a day. So the first few days were not ideal running conditions.
On Wednesday we went to the beach and all the tension in my back and neck disappeared, though my achilles continued to snap. On Thursday I was good to go for our hike. It was only 8K but it took us over 3 hours. I was wearing sneakers and there were a lot of rocks and it was up and down for the whole 3 hours.
I loved the hike but it was tough and I did it in my running sneakers. I was surprised that I was not sore in the days that followed but my feet were fatigued from the rocky terrain.
Week of August 5th (Rethymnon):
Week 2 we were at all all inclusive resort along the water. I was excited there were walking paths but the stones were a killer to run on, despite the great view. There was no give what so ever and it was very uneven and all ups & downs.
- Friday : (travel to change locations)
- Saturday : 7,7K
- Sunday : 4,5K with walking & some running (hill repeats) + some upper body weight. Then went sight seeing in flat sandals. Bad idea.
- Monday : Pilates
- Tuesday : Aquagym
- Wednesday : 45 minute walk
- Thursday : Rest
- Friday : Travel back to France
The Sunday sightseeing (combined with all the rest) in un-supportive sandals did something to both my feet, though the right one was the worse. I couldn’t put any pressure on my foot, as soon as I stepped I would get shooting pains up through my heel. Under the left heel wasn’t much better. It was very painful and I started to have nightmares about training and not being able to run. So I stopped. And spent the next few days in a horizontal position around the pool. I think this was a very smart choice because after about 2 days everything seemed better, but I kept off it until Saturday.
- Saturday : 4 x 1 mile repeats in my usual stomping ground + warm up and cool down : 13km
- Sunday : 6 km walk
As much as I would have liked to run more, the conditions were not great for training. Terrain, heat, hills, sandals, narrow spiral staircase…. so I figured rest would be best. I have now adapted my training plan a bit to get back to it. While I have no pain per say, I have a very minor throbbing still under my left heel and I feel stiff. My leg muscles are stiff, both my achilles are stiff…despite a massage, stretching and foam rolling. Hoping that this shall pass so I can get back into a regular routine.
And that’s a wrap.
How do you adapt your training while on vacation ?