After last week felt a little stagnant in terms of running and training, this week has been anything but. Somehow along the way I have managed to log 40 miles worth of running, which sounds a bit ridiculous to say this happened almost unintentionally, but everything mounted up without me really being aware of the overall mileage. Ignoring slightly tight hamstrings, my legs feel alright with this mileage leap though, which is pleasing and makes me itch to start marathon training in January even more!
MONDAY: my usual Body Pump instructor was away so I tentatively tried the replacement class. This turned out to be a CrossFit style session, which is something I have never experienced before. It was very different to Body Pump, which focuses on moderate weights and high reps, instead using lower reps and heavier weights. It challenged me, but I really enjoyed the change - and it certainly made my body ache for days after!
TUESDAY: a 6 mile run dodging the groups of people out on the streets 'trick and treating' for Halloween. I felt good tonight so decided to push the pace a little and ran roughly 8 min/mile on average.
WEDNESDAY: with a 10k race planned for the weekend, I consciously kept today's run a little steadier, running one of my familiar 5 mile loops before trying a different Body Pump replacement class at the gym. This was again a weights based class, but (thankfully!) was a little less brutal than Monday's CrossFit beasting!
THURSDAY: the 10k race at the weekend was a trail run, so I wanted to dig out my trail shoes beforehand and just make sure they were still comfortable to run in, as it had been a while! With this in mind, I rose early today and headed to the local common near my house for an early morning 5 mile run, reacquainting myself with my forgotten trainers. The morning was cold, misty and mysterious looking, and the conditions felt quite apt to be venturing through the off road landscape.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: a big day of running. Today was the Robin Hood Trail 10k my friend and I had entered, which was slightly unconventionally held on a Saturday afternoon. This therefore left a nice little window of opportunity to squeeze in a Lincoln parkrun still! It was a truly miserable morning, with heavy non-stop rain, and I felt a little mad as I laced up my trainers. I ran to parkrun, which is about 2.5 miles, and was instantly drenched. I found the combination of running down to parkrun and the fact I was so wet made it hard to get my legs going again when the 9am parkrun start time struck. I did not have my usual energy from the start, and I felt a little lethargic throughout. I knew I would not be challenging my low 21 minute times of late, but I was happy I still logged a good 21:30 time. I was then faced with an even wetter run home, my legs now completely splattered with parkrun mud! (Big thanks to the parkrun volunteers for braving the conditions today - such dedication!) A quick shower and change of run gear and it was then time to head to Sherwood Pines for the 10k race... it felt a little crazy, but who can really complain about a day crammed with running! I will write a full blog of the 10k soon, but in short it was a lovely little race, set in beautiful surroundings, which thankfully we could enjoy as it had stopped raining and the sun had decided to grace the now blues skies. I ran much better than I anticipated, finishing in 45:29, my second fastest 10k time to date, and with it not being on my more accustomed road surface, this was extra pleasing (see image).
SUNDAY: my legs were a little tight and sore today after the two fast run efforts of yesterday, so I was pleased to run a steady 10 miler with my friend, on a somewhat chilly but beautiful sunny morning. By now I was actually aware of how many miles I had logged this week, so kept it no more than 10 miles and didn't even look at my watch for any idea of pace until I was home. I love testing and pushing myself running and training, but sometimes nothing beats a long run without any pressure - just running.
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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