This week I’ve felt like finally my training is going to plan, my confidence is back and I’m excited to be enjoying my workouts a little more.
Monday– Back with a boom for this workout. A progression run of 6 miles total- the aim was 9.00, 8.45, 8.30, 8.15, 8.00 and then an ‘eyeballs out’ run of at least 7.45. I felt great about absolutely nailing this workout- 9.06, 8.43, 8.32, 8.09, 8.01, 7.19 (balls to the wall). It was such a great confidence boost to start the week with this workout!
Barrecore Stretch class- this is a game changer class. I am useless at stretching and foam rolling on my own, despite all the research and experience that shows how important it is. This class was 45mins of myofascial release using a ball, plus some deep stretching. This has officially been added to my schedule each week.
Tuesday– Nike Frame Workout
Throughout the year, Nike put on amazing free workouts across London (and the rest of the world!) This class was in association with Frame studios and was held in trendy Kings Cross Granary Square. We boxed, kicked, squatted and burpee danced (pulling out a dance move at the end of each burpee).
Wednesday– Barrecore class
I put it off at lunchtime, so after a long day, had to suck it up and get on with my speed work. I had 6x5mins at 7.41 pace on the cards (nope, not a typo- 7.41 is my goal speed!) with 90 second recovery jogs. I hit the pace just fine, but took 2 min recoveries at the slowest jog ever between each set.
Thursday– Barrecore class
These classes do not get easier- I am always have sweat dripping down my back, and burning muscles after the 15 min warm up. An old friend has just started going to the Chiswick early morning classes so it’s nice to have someone to struggle along with. I love the little group that goes to the Chiswick classes, it’s a real little community.
Friday– 1 mile warm up, 6 miles at 7.54 min mile pace, 1 mile cool down.
Saturday– Pretty Muddy 5K
Sunday– I had 13 miles on my schedule, got all dressed up, stepped outside…and immediately retreated back into my sitting room and out of the rain. I had BarreAsana at 11.30 so opted to go to the class first (where I managed a headstand for the first time!) and hoped the rain would clear up. It didn’t!
So after an Acai bowl at a new smoothie shop in Chiswick, I put my big girl pants (and new Lululemon leggings) and headed out into the wet weather. 13 miles at 8.45 min mile pace, finishing helpfully at Outsider Tart to refuel on brownies.
Note I didn’t take a proper rest day this week after two full rest days last week – both Saturday & Sunday so I started the week feeling well rested. Additionally, I didn’t go all out in the Nike Frame workout or Pretty Muddy 5k with my friend. I just wanted to highlight this as often we can see other people’s training logs and feel like we should be working harder or completing more sessions when often what we see isn’t all it seems. For me, I need proper rest days to recover fully, a lot of sleep and good nutrition to get me through marathon training cycles!