This week has been out of my normal training/running routine, with changes made due to me running the Lincoln 10k on Sunday. It has therefore also seen me take two total rest days, which I think is the first time this year this has happened! Normally I would feel lost and sometimes a bit guilty about taking more than one day off, but I could definitely feel my body needed it this week, and I actually enjoyed knowing I was doing it good.
MONDAY: Body Pump class
TUESDAY: an early morning interval session with 5 x 1 mile reps over an 8 mile distance. Mile reps are hard; they feel long, almost like they go on forever at times. I was therefore very happy my recovery periods were 400m, which seemed massive after weeks of running 200m recovery distances. I ran my mile reps consistently at 10k pace, and was pleased with how I felt despite a rare morning run.
WEDNESDAY: this run almost seemed an exact repeat of last Wednesday's run - I had ten easy miles on my plan, but struggled to make them feel easy. I tried to slow it down, but that felt hard, and then when I naturally sped up a bit I was constantly panicking in my head about going too quick! The result was another run at 8.30 min/mile average pace, which is neither 'easy' or 'hard' for me. My usual Body Pump class was cancelled afterwards, so I stayed at the gym for Circuits without even thinking it was probably not a good idea to do something new with a long run scheduled for tomorrow - burpees, suicide runs and wall sits were not really needed!
THURSDAY: this week Thursday was my long run day. I had the day off work and with the Lincoln 10k on Sunday I used it to my advantage to get my 20 miler in. This turned out to be the most challenging run of my marathon training so far - forget intervals, even last weeks 22 miler was better, this hurt. I ran the first five miles alone before meeting up with my friend. These five were ok, however it was a much warmer day and I could feel I was not coping too well and my legs were a little lethargic. As I began to run with my friend my quads really started to struggle, which was then followed by the remainder of my legs. I was slowing down and only managed to hang on to some sort of pace and rhythm by trying to keep up with my friend. Every step hurt and on such a wonderful day I really just wanted to be breezing through the countryside and enjoying my run. Instead I just kept saying in my head that if I can keep going now and withstand this pain, I can make it through the marathon! I am usually mentally quite strong when it comes to pain and running, but I honestly think I would have been very close to giving up if I had been out there struggling alone. A bad run; but I did not beat myself up about it. Firstly, as I somehow still finished with an 8:40 min/mile average pace, and secondly because the long run was totally different to normal, on a new day, with weather I am not used too, without my usual rest, at a different time etc. It was always going to be hard shifting things about, but I completed the 20 miles and was just very happy with that.
FRIDAY: Rest Day - much needed after yesterday, my legs felt almost like I had ran a marathon!
SATURDAY: Rest Day - another day off to give my body some more recovery ahead of Sunday's race. I missed three miles on my plan, but I can cope with that, and I also got my parkrun fix through volunteering (see image).
SUNDAY: Lincoln 10k day - my hometown event, the first ever race I took part in, and also my fifth consecutive year of being involved. It was worth shifting the marathon plan around for! Even more so as I ran a massive PB of 44:18, taking nearly three and half minutes off my old record. Full blog to follow.
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