MONDAY: started the week off with an outdoor 8km run. My legs felt fine even after Sunday's long, hard run. Finished at the gym in time for my Body Pump class.
TUESDAY: finally mastered a tempo run! A 6.5k treadmill run starting off at marathon pace, with a fast section in the middle, and ending at marathon pace. Felt good to finally work it out! I did a few legs weight exercises and some core exercises afterwards. I also had slight shin pain in my left leg so made sure I stretched well and iced my leg when I got home.
WEDNESDAY: my shin still felt a little sore, so I kept icing it at work during the day ready for my evening 11.5km run. I completed this outdoors, just dodging the snow flurries, (see photo) and with a slight headwind. My legs felt good, and I had no shin problems. However during my Body Pump class afterwards I really had the feeling of no energy - as I would call it an 'empty tank' feeling!
THURSDAY: Rest Day. I really felt I needed this after Wednesday, I also suffered from restless legs during the night so knew it was a sign I needed a break.
FRIDAY: an early morning 5km run completed on the treadmill and some core exercises before work. I wanted to run outside but the pavements were so icy at that time of the morning I didn't feel it was worth the risk!
SATURDAY: enjoyed taking part in my first Body Attack class today in three weeks. Usually it is part of my weekly routine but due to the instructor being away it has not been running. The class features an agility track which really got my calves working. Another Body Pump class afterwards - three this week!
SUNDAY: a 14km outdoor run with some very strong winds - the first 6km I found myself battling a permanent headwind which was a challenging start to the run to say the least! My calves tightened up during the middle of the run which caused a bit of discomfort but I finished feeling strong.