This week marked the start of a period of 'non training' for me. With no races until 2016 and marathon training due to start mid December, I am attempting to take my foot off the gas a bit. The ideas is to let my legs and body have a real chance to recover from the year, and also to ensure I am in the best shape to tackle my forthcoming marathon programme.
MONDAY: I enjoy a run before doing a Body Pump class, so I plan on sticking to my usual routine of running around 8-9k before the class. This week I ran 8.5k, an enjoyable run on a pleasantly mild Autumnal evening.
TUESDAY: Body Attack class
WEDNESDAY: For the third week in a row I was up early for the 7am Body Pump class, as the evening session was not on. It was a bit of a struggle this week as my legs and glutes were feeling the effect of new exercises from the previous night's Body Attack class. When it came to the evening my legs felt really tired and my 8.5k run therefore felt a lot tougher than Monday's venture.
THURSDAY: Rest Day
FRIDAY: Evening commitments meant another early trip to the gym, which I chose instead of going for a run and to be in keeping with my plan of taking things steadier. I flitted from one piece of cardio equipment to the other, doing ten minutes of intervals on each. I find it hard to stick to one machine for long periods (aside from a two hour stint of the cross trainer during marathon training this year!), so I rather go all out for shorter amounts of time and mix the machines up. I also spent a considerable amount of time stretching as I want to improve my, quite frankly shockingly poor, flexibility to see if this will benefit my running.
SATURDAY: Together with my friends, I attended my local Park Run today for the first time in a good few weeks (see image). It was a special occasion, for us anyway, as it was the last time we would be running together for a long while, as one my friends is moving to Australia. It is thus an occasion which will be worthy of a full blog to follow shortly!
SUNDAY: After a leaving party for my friend on the Saturday night and a bit too much wine consumed, I was not in quite the right state to get up for a Sunday morning run! I waited until later in the day, which due to the clocks going back meant it was virtually dark. Despite a rare (for me) weekend of eating and drinking, and the slightly strange feeling or running in darkness, the run felt amazing. I opted for a 10k loop rather than attempting too much mileage, and found my legs to be completely pain free and full of energy. I managed sub 5 minute kilometers throughout and a sub 50 minute run overall. Maybe alcohol and cake is the way forward!
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