I spent this week not just successfully ticking off my planned training sessions, but also counting down the days until the weekend - which promised to be an even more running inspired couple of days than normal (if that's even possible!)
MONDAY: Body Pump class - being inside a relative cool, air conditioned studio was welcomed to the intense heat outside!
TUESDAY: this week's intervals were much better than last week. Mother Nature was kind to me and it was not as hot as predicted (although still warm!) and I successfully managed my 6 miles with 3 x 1 mile reps without keeling over. I was pleased with my interval splits; 6.59, 7.01 and 7.20 min/mile respectively, and I tried to keep my recoveries in between slower and more like actual recovery!
WEDNESDAY: in an attempt to beat further hot conditions I rose for an early morning run. My plan was for a steady 6 miles, and after a long hill climb at the start which helped wake both me and my legs up, I accomplished it. Body Pump later.
THURSDAY: a progression run was on the plan today, something which I find I have to be very disciplined to complete successfully. As is usually the case when I attempt these type of runs my first split was much quicker than I would have preferred - 8.28 min/mile - which then meant I had to be even more considerate with my pacing to ensure I did not end up sprinting the final miles! I gradually increased my pace though, finishing with splits of 8.28, 8.17, 8.10, 7.57, 7.45 and 7.19.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: a special parkrun to start a wonderful running weekend. Today was my 50th parkrun, and I was lucky to be able to also share reaching this milestone with my friend and running buddy (see image). We ran Lincoln, our home event and where we have completed the vast majority of our runs, and we also brought some special treats to share our celebration with our fellow parkunners and thank the volunteers for continuing to making parkrun happen - full blog to follow!
SUNDAY: day two of the running weekend and a return trip to Round Sheffield Run, a multi stage trail race, with my fellow 50th parkrun friend. We took on the event last year and absolutely loved it, it was one of the surprise standouts from 2016. This year’s event was just as wonderful; and running as a female pair again meant we really got to share the race together. It is a lovely concept the whole event - and an added bonus was we knocked 11 minutes off our time from 2016. Full blog to follow - seems I have a lot of writing as well as running to do next week!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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