This is a tired blog post written at the end of a long but good weekend away with work, taking a group of teenagers to an outdoor activity centre. It has been an active weekend doing kayaking, paddle boarding, high ropes, caving etc. (see image) - but no running! I never intended to try shoehorn running into my time away, it would have been a massive struggle, and without training for anything specific at the moment, it felt like a stressor I did not need. I have also been feeling a little ‘under the weather’ this week, which has culminated in me losing my voice again (the same thing happened to me last year, at almost the exact same time of the year!), so I also told myself it would be good to give myself a relative break. I have still somehow managed to log nearly 25 miles just on weekday running though... that’s my version of a break!
MONDAY: a double dose of strength work to start the week, with Strength and Conditioning for Runners class followed by Body Pump.
TUESDAY: my motivation for running intervals still remains and I mixed it up a little to try some 300m repetitions over a 5 mile distance. I ran 10 x 300m intervals, with 200m recoveries, and whilst I took a little bit of warming up, especially with some emerging DOMS from strength training, I was pleased to hit sub 7 min/mile paces for the majority of the latter reps.
WEDNESDAY: instead of hills this week my Wednesday running partner suggested an easier run, which I was quite happy to oblige to! A flatter route was plotted with the idea to take things 'easier’; although his idea of an 'easy' pace is still quite quick for me! We averaged 7.38 min/mile across the 6.5 mile distance, however at the start I was a little worried I was not going to be able to hold the pace. Whilst we have been running together for a few weeks now, I had been in marathon training fitness for the majority of our previous quicker runs. I tried to push out doubts and remain confident though, and this helped me believe I could manage the run even it is was not what I would quite call 'easy'!
THURSDAY: I woke feeling ill today, a feeling which seemed to strike me from nowhere. My throat was sore and my head heavy. I still laced up my trainers though, hoping a few easy (I mean actually easy!) miles may make me feel a little better. The fresh air and endorphin hit did help, and later at Run Club I was able to lead a hill session with the group, during which I joined in for a few reps, giving me a daily total of around 7.5/8 miles.
FRIDAY: with a weekend away ahead of me I wanted to get a run of some form in today. To be honest, my run was probably 5 absolute junk miles - e.g. of no real benefit. I didn’t feel great anyway, bunged up and lethargic, and it was therefore bit of a slog with my splits ranging all over the place. Mentally it did still set me up for the weekend though, even if physically it probably had no benefit or impact.
I hope I feel better in myself and that my voice returns next week, especially as I have a local 10k race - Woodall Spa - on Sunday. Last year I ran this race with suspected laryngitis and it would be nice for history not to repeat itself!
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