I am currently somewhere between feeling tired and totally wired, simultaneously starving and feeling a bit sick, and the exhausted sort of content you only get after a PB race. Today I ran the Adidas Silverstone half marathon and I have a come away with a PB, a completed goal of breaking 1:40 in a half marathon, and a little bit of sunburn. I’m still waiting on my chip time but my garmin tells me 1:39:09 – so I’m thrilled.
I did this half marathon as my training race six weeks before the London marathon, which I am running for a second time to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of my granny. Thank you so much to anyone who has sponsored me so far – it provides me with so much motivation and grit determination to keep on going when enthusiasm to keep running wears thin. If you would like to sponsor me or read more about why I’m fundraising then please visit http://justgiving.com/runningforaugust.
This week my training took a slightly varied turn and I prioritised strength training over run training which provided a really refreshing change mentally, if a tough week in terms of DOMs. Having taken a break from doing lots of strength work my body is definitely not used to the second day soreness.
Monday – Blast Class at Lomax
I decided to try out a Blast Class at Lomax having really enjoyed their Small Group PT class. Essentially it’s a superset strength training class, but because there are no more than eight of you and in a well-lit studio this class is definitely more about substance than style. The instructor Abi definitely pushed me not to drop my weights or take an easier route, but instead modify the exercise so I could still push myself, If you want to have a go at weight training but are unsure of how to start or can’t commit to PT then I’d definitely give Lomax a go.
Tuesday – NRC Speed Sessions
A seriously fast paced session that saw me really wanting to drop out of the Volt group, which meant that when I survived the session I felt really pleased for having kept at it. I also trialled the new LunarEpic runners – they felt so light and bouncy but stable. I really liked them and think they would work really well for speed work and shorter runs around London.
Wednesday – Exerceo
Electrocution fitness? Why not. Exerceo compounds the average workout time into 25 minutesby wearing their special gear that is plugged into an EMS machine to help super charge your workout. It feels like a mild tingling at first but then when the electricity is increased it’s like trying to move your body through thick heavy water. I’ve only just recovered the use of my arms.
Thursday – PT with Sheehan
It really was all go this week – Sheehan did a weights section aimed at my upper body, bodyweight circuits, a burpee box jump challenge as well as a boxing finisher.
Friday – Rest Day at last!
Saturday – A quick 5k to get my legs moving and ready for the Silverstone Half
Sunday – Silverstone Half Race Day – Unofficial time 1:39:09