So it’s been another week of training this time with a few familiar faces!
3 rounds of full body circuits followed by a lovely 30 minute RUNcommute to work … looking oh so cool in my commuter gear
PS notice I was still wearing shorts at this point! Summer had not completely finished!
All about the cross training ready for sprints (and of course celebratory granola) the next morning. So it was 20 minutes on the x trainer and 15 minutes on the bike. Both at a steady pace .
Morning – Second attempt at pretending that I can maintain a fast pace doing 10 x 1 minute repeats. Started with a 10 minute super slow jog to warm up and then got to it. The first four went really well, fast (or at least fast for me) and I managed to get further in the minute than last week but then 5 hit … from the 5th repeat my legs were getting tired so I think it’s fair to say that I need to work on consistency!
Evening – An absolutely gorgeous Yin Yoga session with Cal from Yoga In The Big Smoke over in Fulham Broadway with a few familiar faces …
I really enjoy Yin Yoga because, like many runners I know, I get impatient holding stretches for too long so probably don’t do each one for long enough. Yin yoga makes you hold every position for at least 2 minutes a go so no escaping!!! Ouch ;D!
Due to the location of Yin the incredible hostess that is Steph very kindly offered me a bed for the night and even better she offered to do my morning workout with me! So after a late night of chatter our alarm sounded at 06:30 and together we got through 3 rounds of my full body circuits and then she took me on a tour of her local 5km route. It was so so lovely to be running with Steph and in totally new surroundings. Exploring, running and chat is just a perfect way to start a morning… oh and then throw in a packed, homemade breakfast and well honestly there is NOTHING better!
NUTELLA CINNAMON BUN with my name on!
Oh hello rest day … and cocktails with these beauties …
After learning some serious lessons last week with my first attempt at 6x1km repeats I got my game face on, starting with breakfast! I had very kindly been given oats by The Chia Co in a goody bag and well we all know oats make a good pre run breakfast so …
All you need to do is empty the sachet, add water and stick it in the microwave for a minute or two and BOOM! Super quick, super easy, yummy pre-run fuelling DONE!
So after a very slow warm up to Highbury Fields (VERY SLOW) I got myself ready focusing on the fact that yes each 1km needed to be an effort but they also needed to be consistent. I had a time in mind, based on my average last week, and so set off trying to keep a relatively steady pace. My first loop I came in 10 seconds slower than the time I had in mind so on the second I picked up a little and then the following 4 laps I managed within 4/5 seconds of each other! I was absolutely exhausted and my legs hated me but at the same time I felt so so much better than last week and was a little smug about not completely collapsing by the 6th lap!!!!!
Another opportunity to run in new territory! I am very lucky to have amazing friends who will put me up for the night and then come running in the morning! Lissy and I had an AWESOME 50 minute run in the sunshine around the canals onto Mile End. 50 minutes of slow and steady running followed by an epic breakfast of granola and french toast.
Oh and then we hit Notting Hill Carnvial for hours and hours of bouncing with friends!
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