MONDAY: Having been reminded on Sunday that my legs are indeed still very tired and probably in need of a more prolonged period of rest, I headed back to the gym today for another cross training session as opposed to hitting the pavements running. I found cross training a little more of a challenge today, and the boredom was beginning to creep in. I miss being outside and the freedom running outdoors gives you. Inside a gym its almost like you are trapped, stuck on a machine, watching the minutes/distance tick by... Luckily in my Body Pump class afterwards the instructor started the new release of music and exercises which lifted my enthusiasm levels!
TUESDAY: Body Attack class. Compared to last week's class, when my legs felt absent of power following the Great North Run, this week was an improvement. However my usual level of drive and energy was still not quite there. After the class I also felt extremely tired.
WEDNESDAY: Started the day with a 7am Body Pump class after my usual evening session was cancelled for the week. This actually made a nice change, however when it came to the evening, the fact I did not have the class to look forward to meant that another session of cross training was a real mental struggle (see image). It was like there was no reward afterwards! My legs also felt tight and heavy, so I kept my cross training very gentile and I spent a lot of time afterwards stretching and using the foam roller.
THURSDAY: Rest Day
FRIDAY: I attempted a steady run today, in preparation for Sunday's Finsbury Park 10k. I headed out the door totally 'naked' - no watch and no concept of the time I actually went out. I didn't want to know how fast I was running, I just wanted to know my legs would still run! I felt totally free as I made my way round my familiar 9k loop, and mentally it felt amazing to be out running again after four days abstaining (almost unheard of for me!). My legs at first were heavy, but got better as the run went on. This gave me a bit more confidence for Sunday's 10k, although I am not quite sure how I am going to deal with the fast approaching Oxford Half Marathon....!
SATURDAY: Rest Day - another day of rest to give my legs the best chance on Sunday. I didn't feel the urge to run/exercise with the knowledge of a race the next day, but looking back on the week I did feel almost a bit lazy as mentally it had seemed not enough of a challenge and like I had not really done enough. However, I know deep down my legs will be thanking me for my more cautious approach.
SUNDAY: I headed down to London today with my friend for the Women's Running Finsbury Park 10k, which happened to nicely coincide with my 24th birthday - and what better way to celebrate the day than by running a race! Full blog to follow - however I was chuffed to run a new PB for the year, in a time of 48mins 54secs, on a challenging course, and despite my legs not being in the best of shape. Being able to share another wonderful race day experience with a friend also helped make it a memorable birthday too.
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