Two things have been the feature of this week - heat (still) and tiredness. The warm weather rages on, although thankfully there have been a couple of slightly less intense days this week. My overall tiredness has been prominent though; some days I have literally felt like a zombie whilst walking to work in the mornings! I think my tiredness is an accumulation of many things; my general increase in marathon training, having to work harder running in the heat, my early alarms to try beat the heat, and the fact outside of running my job has also been very busy of late - which all just builds eventually!
MONDAY: Strength and Conditioning for Runners session, followed by a Body Pump class.
TUESDAY: 5.5 miles of early intervals on a slightly cooler but muggy morning. I felt I ran better in terms of my form and pacing and had the same sets to complete - 16 x 200m with 200m recoveries - as last week. Although I felt my running had improved on last week, my paces were on average slightly slower for most of the intervals, which did surprise me a bit. However, I was satisfied with the fact it felt a lot better at least!
WEDNESDAY: an easy paced 10 miles, averaging 8:29 min/mile pace. I ran very early today, and it was comfortably cooler - this does help make the early alarms feel worthwhile!
THURSDAY: I was really tired today, and found myself splashing cold water on my eyes to attempt to try wake myself up before I headed out the door for more early miles. I had the same tempo run as last week to complete; 7 miles with the middle 5 miles at half marathon pace. At first I was slow to get going, unsurprising really considering I did not really feel awake! Eventually I got into my rhythm though and logged pleasing splits of 8.52, 7.55, 7.36, 7.31, 7.39, 7.31, 8.05 min/mile respectively. Body Pump class in the evening.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: there was no Lincoln parkrun today due to an event in the park. I really wanted to be a tourist elsewhere, but I knew the sensible choice was to get my long run in. I was due at an event I was volunteering at for 9am on Sunday, which would have meant a ridiculously early start to squeeze in 17 miles beforehand! So Saturday it was. I woke up tired, it was already very hot, for someone so routined it felt odd running long on a Saturday, and I was running solo again with my usual running buddy heading back from holiday - I didn't start feeling great, but tried to shake the thoughts. The first 5 miles were relatively ok - an elderly woman made me smile as she literally stopped in her tracks, pulled up her glasses as if to show she couldn't believe what she was seeing, and questioned me - 'you are not really running in this weather are you?' I laughed - yes I was... trying anyway! After the 5 mile point things felt tough, I just didn't have the energy to mentally manage the miles ahead and it felt like a mammoth task in front of me. I tried to let my mind wander elsewhere and just let my legs tick over, but I couldn't even do that and I missed my run buddy to talk with - its crazy how much that usually helps me! I got through the remaining miles somehow, with a few stoppages in shade and to try talk myself into positive thinking (see image), and even though I gave up on pace after about the half way point, I was happy that I still managed an 8:35 min/mile average in the conditions. So, this was definitely one of the hardest training runs I have completed for a while - but I did it.
SUNDAY: in theory today I had 3 miles left to run, but I never intended to run them. I was volunteering at a community music festival I help to organise each year on my local park from 8:30am - 9pm and anyone who manages/run events know how tiring this is! Many of my fellow volunteers were counting the miles/steps we had taken and it was well excess of 3 - so not really much of a rest day, but a break from running in the heat nevertheless!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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