Week two of training under my belt, a noticeable increase from week one...
MONDAY: an 8k run on the treadmill completed on very sore quadriceps! This pain sensation was new to me as its usually my calves that get tight when running. I blame my crazy exercise session on Saturday morning, think the numerous lunges, jumping lunges etc. of Body Attack had taken their toll a little bit! Body Pump class afterwards.
TUESDAY: a change in working pattern and the fact my Body Attack class was cancelled meant I did a 45 minute session of HIIT training. Did not find this too much of a challenge and probably gave my quadriceps a needed rest from being put through another Body Attack beasting!
WEDNESDAY: another 8k run, chose to go outside this time and really enjoyed it rather than habitually resorting to the treadmill after work. The weather was cold and there was still a strong wind in places but enjoyed the run. Finished the distance at my gym ready for Body Pump.
THURSDAY: Rest Day. Managed to get over the urge to exercise by attending a local pantomime that a colleague of mine from work had choreographed. A busy day at work, followed by a volunteer meeting and then panto meant that my eating schedule went out the window a bit and I also spent a lot of time outside in the cold waiting for buses! This seemed to have a real influence when it came to Friday...
FRIDAY: My first introduction to tempo running over a 6.5k distance on the treadmill. I had not felt 100% all day, a niggly headache and lack of energy which I can only relate to Thursday's poor diet and cold weather! I found the tempo run hard to gauge if I was running at the correct speed, so think I need to read a bit more into how to use the session correctly.
SATURDAY: Back to my Saturday morning volunteering, so a 5k run completed on the treadmill in the afternoon, followed by an arm weights session and some core work.
SUNDAY: A 13.5k outside run. I normally run in the afternoon but got up and went first thing to try and get into the habit now the distances are increasing. It was a cold frosty morning but the pavements were not too bad - had to bring out the winter gloves though which is always a sign of the low temperature (see above photo). I could noticeably feel the increased distance from the rest of the week in my legs. Normally I complete my Sunday long runs on relatively fresh legs but today they felt heavy on hills - a sign that marathon training was really starting!