I spent the majority of this week visiting my sister in Liverpool. Half term allowed me to take some annual leave from my job and also attempt (note the word attempt) to take a few days away from too much training or even running.
MONDAY: Body Pump class and Spinning
TUESDAY: I headed out for a five mile run, finishing at the gym for Kettlebells and an Abs class. Pace wise my run was good, but it didn't actually feel that great. It was hard to describe the exact feeling, but my mind and body seemed disconnected, it was like I was not really with it, and my legs were not fully part of me.
WEDNESDAY: after yesterdays' run I decided to give myself a running rest today and opted for cycling intervals at the gym before my Body Pump class. I was not too worried about yesterday; it was just a little disconcerting and therefore I did not want to needlessly push myself.
THURSDAY: I ventured to Liverpool today to visit my sister, and what better way to catch up then to head out for a five mile run together along the River Mersey dockside. My sister is a runner too so don't worry, I did not just drag her out running!
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: being in Liverpool meant I had the perfect opportunity for some parkrun tourism. I headed to Princes parkrun with my sister and we were met by a wonderfully friendly and welcoming community (not that I expect anything less from parkrun). I was delighted to run a consistent time comparable to my Lincoln parkrun last week, stopping the clock at of 22:19. Full blog to follow.
SUNDAY: another day in Liverpool and more running... my sister and I spent most of our childhood playing sport and being active together, so it just comes naturally to us! I joined my sister's running club - The Dockside Runners (see image) - for their Sunday run session and enjoyed 6.5 miles along the Liverpool dockside. Chatting to new people made the distance absolutely fly by and we were back at the Nike Run Store, where the club is based from, before I even knew it. I could feel the effects slightly of the couple of drinks I had out on Saturday night; after a busy year of running and training my alcohol consumption has dropped to nearly nothing, so I openly admit I am a little out of touch!
My few days away in Liverpool still featured running quite heavily, but it was a lot more relaxed and social, and less 'training' orientated - so hopefully I still met my week goal!