No the title of this blog is not a typing error - I really could not think of anything meaningful to summarise this week as! It has not been a week of nothing by any means, I have managed to attend four exercises classes, run just over 30 miles, and try and prep a little more for the half marathon I have next weekend. I have completed and ran what I wanted, what I enjoy and what makes me happy - perhaps therefore this was 'The Week For Me'
MONDAY: for the first time in over a month I attended a Monday Body Pump class. For me, one of the die hard regulars, it felt like I had been away for an eternity! Whilst I have been attending Body Pump over the past weeks on Wednesdays, the exercises are slightly different with alternate instructors, so this hurt all over again - but in a good way!
TUESDAY: after stating last week I struggle to find the motivation to go out and run intervals without a plan telling me to do so, this week I surpassed my own expectations and planned an interval session. On paper it was nothing too taxing, 5 miles with 6 x 400m reps, although in practice it did feel rather hard work, and I could tell I was a little out of touch from withstanding the usual interval pain levels. Finishing my run at the gym for abs, I felt good though knowing I had pushed myself.
WEDNESDAY: a steady 6.5 mile in absolutely torrential, non stop rain. It was therapeutic to run in the rain and I had to laugh at myself, not just for how much of a drowned rat I looked, but also as I had chosen to wear my London Marathon finisher t-shirt from this year, which is adorned with an Ice Cream made from London landmarks (see image). This felt a bit ironic considering the very non summery conditions I was running in! Body Pump after.
THURSDAY: Body Attack class
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: as part of my aims for the rest of the year I have carefully planned in my next few parkrun weekends to allow me to reach my 50th run at the same time as my friend (more here). This meant volunteering this Saturday at my local Lincoln event. I love volunteering just as much as running, so I was really looked forward to my stint in the high viz. On a sunny morning I ran down to parkrun, helped scan in all the wonderful Lincoln parkrunners, and then ran a scenic loop back home. I accumulated 7.5 miles in the process and seriously recommend trying it if you want to support your local parkrun event, but also would still like to get some miles in on a Saturday morning.
SUNDAY: an 11 mile run with my friend; a pleasant mix of steady miles, conversation and sunshine. I have enjoyed the past couple of Sunday long runs; I have not really gone out with a specific distance in mind and definitely no target pace. I have simply took pleasure from running, chatting and not feeling any pressure. With my second stint of marathon training starting very soon and ambitious goals to chase, I know this will not be the case for much longer, and runs will also get lengthier and my attention will shift back to focus more on pace and times. So I am enjoying this break (if you can actually call my current weekly exercise habits a break) whilst I can!
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