This last week has flown by me. I took Monday as a rest day following the Silverstone Half Marathon on the Sunday, and was away from Friday evening to Sunday – so I really felt like I had to maximise every opportunity to train that I could get.
Further to this, I realised that my cross training and strength training has been gradually disappearing . Whilst this is good because I initially tried to take on too much which wasn’t good for me, I was starting to feel conscious that I still needed to keep up my core and glute strength as well as missing that fatigued muscle feeling of a good gym session. I only managed to do this one day but I tried two new short classes at the gym which I really enjoyed; Grid Active and Zuu, both at Virgin Active. It feels really silly to say that trying something different and new shook up a stale routine, but I honestly enjoyed the change so much. If you’re five weeks away from London too and starting to feel that training boredom niggle then I’d really recommend doing something different that isn’t going too impinge on your training goals.
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Monday – Rest Day
Tuesday – Nike Run Club
10 x 400m alternating 300m at 5k pace and 100m at mile pace (up hill) and 300m at mile pace and 100m at 5k pace (down hill).
Wednesday – Recovery Run
I took some very easy recovery miles on my lunch break as my legs were feeling pretty fatigued after the half and Tuesday’s speed work.
Thursday – Grid Active and Zuu
If you haven’t tried these classes before and have access to a Virgin gym I’d really recommend them both. Grid Active is thirty minutes of high intensity circuit training using battle ropes, body weight, treadmills, watt bikes etc. and Zuu is largely bodyweight exercises based on animal movement.
Friday – Shorter Long Run
I ran just under ten miles to work as I knew I couldn’t do a long run this weekend. Whilst this necessitated getting up very early and meant I definitely felt ready for breakfast, lunch, and snacks at regular intervals throughout the day, I felt really good for just getting it done. Not to mention I got to try out my brand new toy… Garmin Forerunner 235.
Saturday – Rest Day (Fat Day)
Sunday – Surprise First Day of Spring Run
I had no intention of running today, but I got back to London and was so happy to find that on the first day of Spring, and International Day of Happiness, it seemed like the first instance this year of good weather for an early evening run. I went for a speedy run around Brockwell Park and enjoyed it so much more for having not planned it.