With the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon under my belt, this week I paid very short attention to my next race, X Runner Water Wipeout, which was raking place on Saturday. I knew deep down that there was really no point at all in actually training for this, nothing can be changed in a week, plus I wouldn't even be racing it anyway! But it felt good to have some vague focus after spending virtually my entire year so far being in training for some form of event!
MONDAY: Following the Half Marathon on Sunday I didn't want to run too far or too fast today. My legs did not feel too bad, no aches or pains just a little tired, but I wanted to try and give them a bit of a recovery period. I covered nearly 9km before Body Pump at a steady pace of 5.19mins per km.
TUESDAY: my Body Attack class was cancelled last minute so I didn't really know what to do with myself! My legs had felt a little more sore today so I was tempted to leave running out, but in the end found myself on the treadmill doing a short sprint session, followed by some intervals on the stationary bike and foam roller work .
WEDNESDAY: My legs now seemed to be getting progressively worse. I ran a sluggish 8km before Body Pump, my pace was actually only slightly slower than my half marathon pace from Sunday, but the run felt a real effort. This made me doubt if I had actually been taking my recovery seriously enough following the half marathon. Probably not is the answer. Having ran the London Marathon earlier in the year I think I had almost become a bit blasé that a half marathon is something I could easily recover from, after all I was running one of those nearly every week during training! However a race I slightly different to training, you push yourself more, demand more of your body, and even mentally it tires you more. So lesson learnt - treat all races will equal respect regardless of distance!
THURSDAY: Rest Day
FRIDAY: another 8km run, a lot faster than Wednesday's attempt with sub 5min kilometres, and my legs felt much better after a rest on Thursday.
SATURDAY: X Runner Water Wipeout 10k - definitely a 10k with a difference...water, mud, climbing, swimming, rapids...but probably the most fun I will have running a 10k race! Full blog to follow.
SUNDAY: following Saturday's race I wasn't really sure whether to run or not today. I woke early though so laced up my shoes and went for it. My body ached from X Runner, mainly my upper arms and across my back, but I hoped this wouldn't affect me too much when running. My legs however were severely bruised and battered (see image). Running was at first quite painful as the bruising pounded against my skin. I got used to it though, however within a few minutes I could tell my legs themselves were a lot more tired than they initially felt. I soon decided that I should make this a very steady, slow run. I ran along the river near me focusing on enjoying my surroundings rather than my running time. I did reach ten miles, but it was much more of an effort than I have been used to!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
Read about my adventures in running land...