MONDAY: a surprisingly comfortable 11km run after my mammoth Sunday run. I tried to keep to a recovery run pace, but struggled to go too slow due to the fact my legs felt quite good! Body Pump class afterwards.
TUESDAY: DOMS hit today! My legs felt tired and with the Lincoln 10k in mind (let alone the marathon!) I didn't want to push them, so had a rest day.
WEDNESDAY: another 11km before my Body Pump class. I attempted to run at a good speed and recorded an average of just under my target marathon pace of 5.40 minute kilometres. My legs still felt tired though!
THURSDAY: I completed a tempo run on the treadmill using some ideas I gained from my #extramile ambassador training session with Martin Yelling a couple of weeks back. After a warm up I ran 4 sets of 3 minutes at marathon pace, followed by 3 minutes running at threshold pace. I really enjoyed pushing my legs to go fast after the longer, slower runs of the past few weeks.
FRIDAY: a gentle 13km run to keep the legs ticking over - but with Sunday's Lincoln 10k still firmly in mind!
SATURDAY: Rest Day - two in one week, a complete revelation for me and probably the first time this has happened in a long, long time!
SUNDAY: Lincoln 10k! I will write a full blog post on this later this week, but overall a wonderful day with friends, food and drink (see above pre race selfie with my running girlies)! My time... 49.50, which I am happy with. Deep down I was hoping to be a bit closer to my time in 2014 when I ran 47.40 -- but knew this was asking a lot as my speed has dropped dramatically during marathon training, my legs are tired as I am in a high mileage part of my training plan, and I was also training solely for the 10k last year. But nevertheless, sub 50 is acceptable in my mind - especially as in recent weeks when I have tried to run faster I have been recording around 55 minutes for a 10km!