This week saw me once again juggle marathon training with being away on a work residential trip with 200+ teenagers. I thought last week tested my mental resolve but this has been the ultimate challenge and has required a lot of commitment to ensure I meet my mileage targets.
MONDAY: an early morning 8 mile run before heading off for the residential. My quads were very sore from the Great Newham 10k on Sunday, and I knew before even leaving the house the run would be tough. I needed a rest day really, but I wanted to get a good bank of miles in early in the week before the madness of the residential trip began. I gritted my teeth and managed the discomfort.
TUESDAY: Rest Day
WEDNESDAY: like last week my commitment to the residential trip meant I was not really able to be out running for long periods of time - unless I set my alarm for even earlier in the morning, but 5.30am seemed bad enough, especially when I was only getting to bed between midnight and 1am! So splitting my 6 mile interval run into two 3 mile runs each with 5 x 400m intervals seemed logical. The residential was being held at The University of Nottingham campus which is huge and has lots of running routes, so I enjoyed being able to explore (see image).
THURSDAY: the second half of my interval run was tougher today and felt much more of an effort. My lack of sleep throughout the week, the long working days and the intense heat seemed to be taking their toll. This is also not even taking into account the bad reaction I had to mosquito bites which had caused my ankles to swell and painfully blister - will spare you the photos! I managed the run, although the joy of yesterday was definitely absent.
FRIDAY: I thought yesterday was tough but today was to prove even more of a challenge. I had managed only 1.5hrs sleep after spending 4hrs in A&E (not for me!) I felt like an absolute zombie.
Any plans of doing my long run when I arrived home Friday evening were instantly thrown out, and instead I opted for another 3 miles. I was surprised I did not feel totally energy less as I pounded the pavements, and it did help to act as a bit of a unwind from an intense week.
SATURDAY: I attempted my long run this afternoon - but failed. In 26 degree heat I struggled, developed a headache after 3 miles and was a little scared to push it further in case I began to feel worse. Mentally I also struggled to focus as the tiredness from the week seemed to still be there. I reached 7 miles - a distance I had planned to do on Sunday - and called it a day.
SUNDAY: finally time to get the long run done. I had not wanted to leave it until Sunday as I was volunteering at a community event all day and evening, and therefore knew I would be pushed for time. However now I had no choice! My alarm rang at 5am and I was out the door just after 5.30am ready to take on 16 miles. I enjoyed very much the cooler weather at this time of day, and also the freedom of having the streets to myself. The first 8 miles felt good, I was keeping a steady if slighter slow pace. Up to ten miles was alright too, even reaching a half marathon was bearable. The final three miles were tough though. My legs felt tired and I was hungry having had minimal breakfast before leaving. I made it though and after a very crazy week it felt good to be able to tick it off!
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