The clocks have gone back, its dark, noticeably colder - but I am still running, even with a minor bump at the start of the week..!
MONDAY: said bump happened tonight during my Strength and Conditioning class after the wooden box jump and I had a little falling out... Whilst completing plyo-jumps onto the box I got slightly distracted mid-jump, which meant my attention was not on my landing and, as you can probably guess, I clattered the edge and side of the box. It was a complete accident but it still hurt a lot! I soldiered on, but as I completed Body Pump afterwards I could already see I was developing a rather bruised and swollen shin.
TUESDAY: Rest Day - my shin was badly bruised and the swelling meant I had slight pain every time I took a step. I knew it was only a superficial injury, but at the same time I also knew that running was not going to be a comfortable or particularly enjoyably experience, so I rested.
WEDNESDAY: on a very cold morning I wrapped up and tried a 5 miler - I think the cold helped numb some of my shin pain to be honest, and I quite happily completed the distance at 8.23 min/mile pace. I really enjoyed the run as it was my first morning run since the clock change and I was able to run alongside a beautiful rising sun - a perk of a 5.30am morning alarm!
THURSDAY: another 5 miler at around 8.20 min/mile pace, followed by a Body Pump class in the evening.
FRIDAY: on this morning's run the footpaths were glistening in places, with an overnight frost threatening to take hold. I did not like this, as the thought of ice reminded me of having to resort to the treadmill! Today the patches were small though and living quite centrally in the city meant that some roads/paths had actually been gritted, which pleasantly surprised me, and I ran another 5 miles at 8.21 min/mile average pace.
SATURDAY: during the week my home parkrun, Lincoln, had been recognised as being Physical Activity Programme of the Year at a regional sports awards ceremony (for the second year running!) I may be slightly bias as an avid parkrunner, but I feel this is truly deserved, and as 400+ runners and volunteers joined me at Boultham Park to complete a morning 5k run, jog or walk, I do not think I was alone in this thinking. My run was good today, I felt strong throughout and my first 2 miles were both at sub 7 min/mile pace for the first time in a long while, leading to a finish time of 21:15, and a bonus of being first lady home.
SUNDAY: ignoring the small glitch at the start of the week, today I completed a positive week of running by logging a very pleasing ten miler (see image). Even though I chose a slightly hilly route I found I was running consistently with a lot of my splits just under 8 min/mile pace. It is hard to describe how I was feeling when running; I was not pushing myself unnecessarily, but I just felt like I was in a powerful zone. People often ask me what I think about when I am running, and when running solo as I have been a lot over the past months, to be honest I simply allow myself to get caught up in the run itself, and that's what it felt like today.
I am still sporting a very bruised shin, but thankfully without any pain now - think my box jump days may be over for a while!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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