Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Back in the real world

Hi All,

So the last time I blogged I was stuck in the world of illness and able to do very little. I am happy to say that I'm back to the real world (woohoo) I still have a teeny weeny little cough (you know the type of little cough that looks like you are looking for attention??) but all in all I'm feeling much better.

Normally I would have a rest week this week but because I missed a couple of sessions being sick this week is not a rest week. I thought I would be doing recovery training so I planned on doing a few little projects in the house this week in my down time. So the hall, stairs and landing is getting a new look this week. I've been picking paint colors and carpets. Hopefully it gets done in between my sessions and I don't end up with a half painted house.

I will update as the week goes on.

Time for bed now.


Sunday, November 20, 2011

Life from inside the house!

The last time I blogged I was talking about being a bit sick and being off training. Since then I got even worse. My chest infection got quite bad and I needed to go back to see the doctor and get put on more medication. Thankfully now I'm starting to turn the corner and hopefully I get to go back to a little training tomorrow. Being sick has meant that I have not really been out of the house for 5 days. I can see how that might sound like a nice little break but honestly I'm suffering from major cabin fever. It's one thing staying in because you are not bothered going out but it is quite another staying in because you are feeling so sick that going out is not an option.

So from my time being house bound these are the things that I have achieved.

-I did a full grocery shop online and had it delivered, I went with Tesco.com and it was very handy. I've never done this before and I'm totally converted.
-I bought a fan oven which I know sounds random but the oven broke two weeks ago and I've needed to get around to this but have been too busy with training.
- I have been cooking lots of big meals and then freezing them for during the week. Things such as curried sweet potato with coconut & lentil soup, beef tagine, spaghetti bolognaise and basil pesto.
-I have done loads of paper work that I normally like to ignore.
-I have watched every episode of the current Grey's anatomy.
-I have watched the last two twilight films.

Now blog readers you are all caught up with me. I realise that this blog is super boring but accept my apologies and the fact that I have been cut off from the real world for a while!

Bye bye from inside the house,


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sick Days

I'm blogging in full fleece pajama's from my bed. I'm sick. I have a small chest infection and maybe a little bit of flu. I'm asthmatic so I have a tendency to get chest infections especially during the winter. I felt like my asthma wasn't great for a few days and during my session on Tuesday it was much harder work to run fast than it has been for the past 7 weeks. Yesterday I went to the doctor and ever since I've been laying low trying to get better.

It's a pain being sick because all I wanna do is train. I feel too crap to even enjoy the time off. I'm very cranky about it all.

Also today Peter left for Australia. He has his Olympic qualifiers out there. I was the worst company for the past two days because I feel so miserable. Luckily for me he was lovely enough to do an emergency food shop so that I can survive for the next few days. The shop includes lots of soup, ginger, lemon and a little chocolate (don't judge me I'm sick!)

So now it's myself and Berlino here in bed sick and cranky. Berlino is obviously not sick but due to her loyal nature she is embracing the situation fully and lying on the bed with me looking suitable dejected. We are watching Grey's Anatomy and trying to cheer up. Despite the fact that I trained last Tuesday it feels like I've been stuck in forever. Part of being an athlete I reckon is our complete lack of perspective at times so currently I feel like I'm the only sick person around and that this mini flu is the end of the world!

I hope to regain my perspective soon and perhaps even be a little bit less cranky.

(Insert cough, cough here)


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Fun in falun

Hi blog readers, I'm having some breakfast and thought I'd give a little update on our trip. Falun is a lovely town. It's not very big but its very pretty. I did a running and weights session yesterday in their indoor training facility. Who dropped in to say hi after hearing that I was there??? The one and only susanna kallur! This is her home town and she was on a rest weekend so she wasn't at the track training. It was brill to see her. Susanna is an amazing hurdler, probably the best technical hurdler in the world. Plus she is just a wonderfully, nice person. Terrie and I went for dinner last night in a little Italian and just talked, talked, talked about the different ideas that had come up at the lectures yesterday. Our approach is very similar to the approaches discussed which is nice to know. Terrie and Sean are world class coaches so it's nice to Be here just looking for the little tweak here and there. Today I will do one more session in the great facility here and then we will get a train to Stockholm followed by a night in Stockholm then an early flight back to Dublin. I'll leave you with one last thought, one of the speakers yesterday described running sprint hurdles at world class pace was like "running through a forest, downhill and blindfolded" interesting thought eh? Dor xox

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A place called falun....

Here I am in a town called falun in the middle of Sweden. In September I sat down with Sean and Terrie to review 2011 and look to a better 2012. There were a few areas that we all decided we wanted to do a little better at and tick some boxes. One item that popped onto the radar was a European conference for sprint hurdles. That's where I find myself now. yesterday Terrie and I travelled here from Dublin. It is not an easy place to get too but thankfully we made it last night. All day today there are loads of lectures on different aspects of the sprint hurdles. Terrie is attending these and then during lunch I will do a training session. This town has a big indoor training complex with an indoor track so im really excited about going to the indoor track. We don't have an indoor full training facility in Dublin so it's nice to have access to one here. There are 150 coaches from all over Europe here. It's great to see so many people are eager to listen and learn.no matter how good you are at something there are always places to improve. I don't think that a person ever stops learning ways to do what they love a little bit better so hopefully by the end of this weekend we will learn a few things. For now goodbye from falun, Sweden. Dor xoxo

Sunday, November 6, 2011

To sum up recovery week...

I shall just post a few pictures that give a bit of an insight into my comings and goings this week. Also it's Sunday evening and I'm being a lazy blogger.
  • Practising my starts next to the Olympic countdown clock. I figure the crop top and knicker shorts would have been a step too far for the onlooking tourists.

  • Berlino loving the bit of internet browsing. I can only assume she is googling "hot labradoodles" and checking if she is there.

  • Sunday was spent on a big walk through the woods with my other half and his bro. Berlino was loving the woods. This was a nice break from Sunday hills.

  • Taking a look out at Wicklow.

  • So if the Olympic minister lives here I wonder if I asked really nicely would he give me an Olympic medal? Pretty please....ah go on!

Over and Out

Friday, November 4, 2011

Just touched down in London Town

Hi Blog readers, I hope everyone has had a good start to their November. This week I spent a few days in London (in head I'm hearing estelle 'american boy' singing the lyrics "just touched down in London town"). Now I know what you're thinking, that I got all confused about when the Olympics were actually on and turned up 9 months early. Thankfully this was not the case and I was there in a non athlete capacity to relax for a few days with my sister. Even in non athlete mood I really could not switch off from the Olympics. London is just full of the Olympic vibe. It's really exciting to see all the Olympic stuff everywhere. It just made me wanna train my butt off for it! I went to see Shrek the musical. It was so funny and cute. I laughed hard at it. I have to say Lord Farquaad was my favourite charachter. I think it would be impossible to go see this musical and not come out smiling. Outside of Shrek another highlight was going to eat in Jamie Olivers Italian restaurant. I love, love, love good food and this place was super. I reckon no matter what you ordered on this menu it would taste fab.Plus it's very good value. Now it's back to the real world. Another couple of days of recovery week and then ready to hit it hard for the next training phase. Bye for now, DOR XOXO