MONDAY: 8km in very muggy conditions. I did not fully appreciate just how dense the air was before starting my run, and probably went out a bit too fast, meaning the heat hit me rather. I managed to record an average pace of sub 5 minutes per kilometre but it was a bit of a challenge. Body Pump after.
TUESDAY: Body Attack class.
WEDNESDAY: I ran my pre Body Pump 8k with my friend, which made a nice change to my usual solo runs after work. The weather was much cooler than Monday, and it was noticeable more comfortable to run in. My legs also felt really good, the best they have felt in a long time, (I wish I could say why this was, I cannot even really hazard a guess!), and we managed to keep all kilometres sub 5 minutes.
THURSDAY: today's planned run was 5km of intervals, so naturally I headed to the treadmill as I am still trying to muster the confidence to try and run intervals outside! As soon as I started running I could tell me legs felt strong – two days in a row! With this feeling spurring me on I really tried to push the pace, leading to a new 5km treadmill PB of 21.50 – nearly 50seconds faster than my non-treadmill PB of 22. 37. I followed this with some core and leg strength work in the gym.
FRIDAY: an early morning 9.5k run before work, to keep me motivated for this I chose to change my usual running route, instead opting to do a loop around the local common. The common is a challenging surface to run on, the uneven ground means you have to concentrate hard, and there is also a nice challenging incline to tackle, so all in all it’s a good training run.
Despite heading out early I was also shocked to see so many people I knew on my run, none actually running I might add, but all of whom I know must have been thinking I was crazy!
SATURDAY: Rest Day – Friday night was a bit of a blow out and involved a lot of alcohol, dancing and a huge amount of take away at 3am in the morning….needless to say running was not really on the agenda today!
SUNDAY: these days I rarely go as crazy as I did on Friday night, and therefore I could still feel the effect of the evening’s consumption on my body today. However my friend and I (who was also still suffering from Friday evening!) headed out for a 14km run. We tackled the hilly Riseholme village route again, and to quote my friend it was ‘not as hellish as I thought’. Neither of us felt perfect, but our pace was only very slightly slower than last week when we ran the same route in ‘peak condition’. The run definitely helped me feel a little bit more normal again, plus we also managed to snap a selfie with a new type of farmyard animal – a cow (see image)!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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