This has been the last week of hard training for me, and now it’s time for a glorious taper. This means I’m going to reduce the volume of my long runs and the effort levels I put into my run-commutes etc.
This week has been really exciting because I launched my raffle. I’ve worked really hard with some of my favourite and very generous brands to create an awesome list of prizes. This means that if you sponsor me you’re in with a chance to win something great.
To enter you need to visit www.justgiving.com/runningforaugust and donate £3 for one entry, or £10 for four entries, or text POLL96 £3 or £10 to 70070. If you do you are then entered with a chance to win one of the below fabulous prizes.
- Two tickets to the private view of the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead
- Two tickets to the London Motor Show
- A four-course dinner for two at the Basement Galley supper club.
- A 2 week ‘Body By Lomax’ package which includes the following Lomax services:
- 2x Personal Training sessions per week
- 1x Cycle Blast class per week
- 1x Blast class per week
- 1x Supple Circuit class per week
- 1x Applied Nutrition Consultation
- A pack of 10 classes at Bootcamp Pilates (worth £210).
- A £50 voucher for The Natural Kitchen, Barbican.
- 2 x £30 vouchers for Supernatural Juice Bars
- A Wahoo Fitness TICKR heart-rate monitor
- A Tribeca Studios wristband loaded with a five class pack.
- A week of meals from the Mindful Chef.
- A private yoga lesson with Jiva Yoga.
- A pair of Bowler and Beach swim shorts.
- A Black Sheep Coffee goody bag.
- A Lovo goody bag.
- A set of Henri James boxers.
Thank you so much to anyone who has sponsored me already – you’re already entered and I have my fingers crossed for you all to win something great.
This week my training has consisted of some serious speed work: I did a progression run to work, a TRIB3 session and a Barry’s Bootcamp, and a tempo run with hill sprints in the middle. I also took part in the Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run for 16 miles in the gorgeous sunshine.
Monday – TRIB3
Read my full review of TRIB3 here.
Tuesday – Tempo Run sandwich with Hill Sprints in the middle
I ran a mile and a half to Brockwell Park, found my hill and did six 200m sprints at a variety of paces before doing my mile and a half tempo run home.
Wednesday – Rest Day
Thursday – Barry’s Bootcamp Abs and Core with Jay C
For professional reasons I had to bump my 7:10 am booking to the 6am class. This was one hell of a start to the day but I did feel fantastic getting into the shower at 7 knowing I’d really pushed it.
Friday – Progression Run to Work
I ran my first mile at best marathon pace, second mile at best half marathon pace, third at 10k place, fourth at 5k pace, and then returned to 10k for the mile and a bit to the office.
Saturday – Rest Day
Sunday – Lidl Kingston Breakfast Run (16 miles)
I’m personally feeling pretty over going running by myself for hours at a time. Solution: join a group. I did the organised race and was really pleased at my average pace (8:11) – especially as that included a loo break at mile 14. I also spent the first eight miles running with a friend I haven’t seen in ages so catching up meant the first half was over before I knew it.