As I sit writing this blog I feel like I have completed a week during a marathon training cycle – I am shattered. It’s been a bit of a mentally draining week, which has not helped, and as most people find when life is challenging, you throw yourself into the thing which makes you happy, and for me this is running and exercise. Hence I have done a lot this week; seven exercise classes, a gym session and 23 miles…
MONDAY: Body Pump and Spinning
TUESDAY: Lincoln was covered in a blanket of freezing fog today and after fighting the elements all day I was rather dreading running in it. I wrapped up in my thickest running jumper, fleecy gloves and headband (see image; although still wearing shorts) and prepared myself for a bracing run. I completed 5 miles which by the end of I was possibly slightly too hot - but I was not complaining! I finished at the gym for Kettlebells and an abs class.
WEDNESDAY: as the fog lifted we were left with the start of some strangely mild December weather. Tonight’s five miles were in markedly different conditions to yesterday and I was very overdressed which left me feeling a little sluggish. Body Pump afterwards.
THURSDAY: Body Attack class and also some time in the gym doing strength and conditioning work on my left knee after its niggle a few weeks ago, along with some exercises trying to improve my shockingly poor hamstring flexibility.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: a very mild trip to Lincoln parkrun; despite being December I was confidently wearing shorts and vest without any fear of being chilly. Last week I was two seconds away from beating my current 5k PB of 21:34, so this week I wanted to see if I could challenge it again. I started fast with a sub seven minute first mile, but I did not quite have that extra ounce of energy in my legs like last week. My pace dropped for the other two miles, I was still running well, but it felt harder and I knew it was not going to be as quick. I finished in 21:52, absolutely spent and dripping with sweat (see image)! I do not expect a PB or even to be close to a PB at every parkrun, so I was really happy just to have ran sub 22 mins again. Usually I voluntarily coach football after parkrun, but this weekend I was free, so found myself headed to the gym for my third stint of Body Pump – not sure if this was really a great idea!
A lovely fellow gym member did approach me after the class and commented how physically strong I was and that he had also seen me out running and said I was like a ‘gazelle’. Now, I am not sure if this is that accurate (maybe if gazelles are fond of wearing purple Nike clothing!) but despite feeling a little embarrassed at the time, it was nice to be complimented.
SUNDAY: today I went from being a ‘gazelle’ to a ‘slow runner’ in the eye of the young girl I passed on my ten miler. As I overtook her and her father during my out and back route along the local riverbank, she asked her dad ‘why is that runner so slow?’ much to his horror! I laughed it off, but I did wonder who she was comparing my speed to!? I was in fact taking it steady today; I felt tired and had suffered from restless legs disrupting my sleep over night, so just wanted to do some easy miles. The first five miles were pleasant; the second were not as I turned into a headwind which took any last energy reseveres out of me. On finishing it felt like I had just completed twenty miles not ten! Next week I will aim to take things (a little) easier!
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