Whilst last week I was very mindful I was on a 'post Berlin Marathon week', this week it seemed to initially slip my mind that on Sunday I had ran a PB at the Lincoln Half Marathon. This was probably not helped by the fact I had another race - yes three in three weeks - on Sunday; the Royal Parks Half Marathon. So this week has been a fine battle between, recovering, tapering, prepping and still trying to avoid the onset of a marathon comedown.
MONDAY: I threw myself back into action today, not really intentionally if you can believe that, but more out of a desire to feel some kind of routine. My quads were sore after yesterday's half but Body Pump followed by Spinning did help loosen them up a bit.
TUESDAY: Rest Day - I was shattered today and needed a break, plus I also felt a little guilty for not really taking things steady yesterday.
WEDNESDAY: Body Pump and Spinning again. I was tempted to run but my knee had been feeling sore and I didn't want to risk it.
THURSDAY: I tried a run today aiming for 5 steady miles. I felt good for the majority, running around 8.30 min/mile pace, and adapting to the increasing darkness which is beginning to take over the evenings (see image). In the latter stages however my quads started to remind me that were still sore, my knee began to feel a bit angry and my legs almost seemed to protest at running any further. From this I decided I needed to rest fully before Royal Parks, and I mean really rest.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY: Rest Days
SUNDAY: Royal Parks Half Marathon - the final run of my three in three set of races and also my final event of 2016. With this in mind I went with the slightly dangerous strategy of PB or bust - with the idea if I ran hard all the way I could get a PB, if I slowed however it would be a beautiful race to have to take the last few miles steady. The result; a PB of 1:45:44. It was hard but I was happy! Full blog to follow.