Week 2 of trying to take things a bit easier...accomplished? Probably not! But the hot weather did mean I was a little more careful with my running and exercise.
MONDAY: a steady 8km run before Body Pump, running at an average of 5.08 minute kilometres. Although the heat wave had not fully hit as yet, it was very humid which I found a struggle.
TUESDAY: today was very, very hot and for once I was pleased not to be running and to be able to seek sanctuary in the (reasonably well) air conditioned studio for my Body Attack class.
WEDNESDAY: today the heat saw me complete a double Body Pump session as well as a short run. My friends were attending the early morning Body Pump class as opposed to our usual evening class, so I decided to join them, planning just to run later after work. However after work the weather was so hot that I could only face running on the treadmill. I ran 5km, but the fact I knew my usual Body Pump class was on proved too tempting... and I ended up there again!
THURSDAY: Rest Day - my right hamstring had been feeling tight all week, and today it was tight just when walking, so I opted for a break.
FRIDAY: although still warm, today was a lot cooler than past days so I was able to run outside. I completed 9km at 5.08 minute kilometres pace again, but my hamstring bothered me, it was not painful but uncomfortable and I could not ignore it.
SATURDAY: the heat saw me run on the treadmill again, 5km of sprints followed by some cross training. I used the stepper on a very high resistance to try and give my glutes a bit of a workout.
I had been googling my hamstring tightness and this seemed to be one of the possible reason for the pain, so I gave it a go, god knows if it did anything as I am well known for my incoreect Google diagnosis!
SUNDAY: 16k/10miles today, running 12k with my friend which thanks to her speedy legs meant my average pace also crept up! I took her on one of my usual running routes, however we drove and started from a different point, which really refreshed the run for me, plus having company always makes time go so much faster! We ran 12km at 5.14km average pace, then I purposively slowed for the last 4km which I ran alone. I was trying not to tire my legs out too much with my half marathon training programme officially starting on Monday. I am a little frustrated with myself that I am starting the programme with a niggle in my hamstring, especially as I have not really taking things much easier the last two weeks as I had intended to do. But I am hoping my sports massage which is booked for a week on Monday will sort me out - just need to get through week one in one piece!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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