Summer (or a brief period of summer at least!) landed upon us this week, with temperatures suddenly increasing markedly to what we had been used to. The heat made running seem hard, and my awkward running tan lines also rapidly started to appear. I tried to use this week as a bit of an acclimatisation week; running in the heat, accepting it was more of a challenge and hoping my body would begin to adapt better ready for summer marathon training months. On Sunday however I took on the Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon (hence the later weekly round up!) and was hoping for slightly cooler conditions..!
MONDAY: double classes to kick start the week; Body Pump followed by Body Attack - my friend suggested staying after Pump for the second class and I never say no!
TUESDAY: the first day of notable hot weather, and a hard interval run. I ran the same session as last week, 6 x 400m reps, but it felt like considerably more effort and my legs almost seemed sapped of energy. Abs at the gym after.
WEDNESDAY: a steadier 6.5 mile run before Body Pump. Running at a more consistent pace made the warm conditions seem slightly more comfortable today.
THURSDAY: an easy 5 mile run around the local Common. It was very hot today and I waited until much later than normal to run. Delaying my run certainly helped and it is something I need to get used to doing more in warmer weather. The undulating terrain of the Common helped keep my pace down and I ran more to feel rather than focusing on my watch, ensuring the run was not too taxing on my legs.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: an easy 5 mile run, in which I ran 2.5 miles to and from volunteering at Lincoln parkrun (see image). It was such a beautiful morning I could not resist lacing up my trainers, but I ensured I kept the pace very relaxed so not to needlessly tire myself out before Sunday's half marathon
SUNDAY: Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon - full blog to follow