This week has been great - simply put. I am really enjoying my running despite the fact I have no real schedule or plan to follow, which can sometimes leave me feeling a little lost and logging seemingly 'pointless' miles. I have challenged myself, but under no pressure, and I have also been sharing some miles and my passion for running with others - which always makes me happy.
MONDAY: a Bank Holiday rest day following Sunday's North Lincs Half Marathon - although I did manage a ten mile walk - so some active recovery!
TUESDAY: I woke up today and really fancied giving some intervals a try - strange I know! My next race is a local 10k, so I found a few suggested sessions from a training plan and decided to opt for one with 6 x 600m reps and 200m recoveries, which with a warm up, gave 5 miles in distance. It felt good to feel some speed in my legs and also some consistency too, with all my reps hovering around the 7 min/mile marker.
WEDNESDAY: my Wednesday morning running seems to be turning into a weekly hill session at the moment, which I am enjoying and which is something I most definitely would not be motivated to do without some company. My usual run buddy's friend joined us again and suggested we try some hill repeats, which for some reason I agreed was a good idea! This involved running uphill at maximum effort, walking the downhill as recovery, and then jogging to the next hill. It was hard work, but good.
THURSDAY: yesterday's hills had left me with some soreness and with Run Club in the evening I logged an easy 10k as my morning run. Later at Run Club my role as Run Leader saw a few more miles added to this daily tally, however I did not turn my watch on, so I am not entirely sure by how much! The session is not about my miles though and it was really satisfying to be able to support others through some interval work.
FRIDAY: a few more miles in the form of a brisk 3.5 mile run, which I logged since I was not running at parkrun on Saturday.
SATURDAY: today was my 25th volunteer milestone at Lincoln parkrun. Hitting this marker was one of my goals for the year, and I am really proud to have achieved it and also for doing my bit to give back to the parkrun community, which itself has given me so much. I love volunteering, and just because I will now get to wear the purple '25' t-shirt, it does not mean I will stop adding my name to the volunteer roster every once in a while.
SUNDAY: as well as being convinced to run hill repeats on Wednesday morning, I was also convinced to join my run buddy and his friends for a Sunday ten miler on some trails. I say convinced, I was invited to join them and I never turn down a running invite, especially when this one sounded a little different. The fun started at 6am when I was picked up - slightly mad I know - and we drove to a village called Tealby. The ten mile route we followed looped out from the village and into the countryside, before finishing back at the village. Along the way there was a number of challenges from running through long thick grass, across uneven fields and rocky pathways, climbing over styles and gates, ducking through electric fences, dodging muddy puddles, running from cows, scampering down sharp declines, and conquering a number of hills. As my lungs busted their way to the top of one particular ascent, I was informed we were stood at the top of the highest point in Lincolnshire - although I think my legs may have also told me that! The rest of the group are more familiar with running trails, but I held my own and was complimented on my strength as a runner, which felt good coming from some clear running talent. I finished the run muddy and tired, but filled with that unique post run positive feeling. A good end to a great week.
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