MONDAY: a beautiful evening to start the week, warm but not too hot. I tested my legs a little by aiming to push my running pace from last week. I averaged around 5.11 minute kilometres over the 8km distance, which felt enough of a challenge without totally knackering myself! Body Pump afterwards.
TUESDAY: Body Attack - another warm day meant this class felt tougher than past weeks as the studio was also warm and unusually very packed with people (possibly the warmer weather causing people to hit the 'summer body' panic button already!)
WEDNESDAY: 10k before Body Pump in yet more pleasant weather. My legs felt really sore today, particularly my quads, which I put down to the fact I am trying to run a bit faster now and my marathon muscles are just not used to it! Despite the soreness it is starting to feel more natural to go that little bit faster when running, and I actually averaged at 5.05minute kilometres.
THURSDAY: due to weekend commitments I attempted my long run this evening after work. My legs really did not want to run though, my quads were now very sore and my limbs felt heavy and lethargic. I am also not used to running longer distances after work, and kind of miss my Sunday morning routine! But I got out there never the less and trudged my way around 15.5km. Despite wearing my London Marathon vest (see image) I did not feel like someone capable of running a marathon at all!
FRIDAY: Rest Day - and the start of a weekend away in London, I didn't even feel guilty about not doing anything today as I really felt I needed a break after Thursday's running struggles - progress!
SATURDAY: Despite not feeling guilty about resting yesterday, with another impending rest day on Sunday, I could not quite bring myself to have three days off a week! So my friend and I (a fellow runner) sought out a local Park Run near the hotel we were staying in and became Park Run Tourists! Old Deer Park Run in Richmond welcomed us Lincoln tourists with open arms... even when we were wearing Alien Onesie Fancy Dress outfits! Full blog to follow, including why we decided to run in the onesie outfits!
SUNDAY: Rest Day