It seems that the south of England is starting to get our summer weather! It was quite a warm one this week.
The week started with my early Monday up and run before work, this time a tempo run. 10 minutes warm up followed by 1 minute tempo, 1 minute easy for another 10 minutes. I haven’t done any tempo running for a while so I wanted to ease myself into it with short repeats but it was really enjoyable.
Wednesday was my morning yoga followed by my beginners running group in North Marston in the evening. We had to share the sports field with the junior cricket team so had to make some adjustments to our route around the pitch. The players may have been junior but they were still whacking the ball pretty far! It was warm but not too muggy and I ran 1.65 miles with the group.
As I didn’t have my Thursday group runs this week my next run was on Friday which I ran with Larissa, one of the women from my improvers group. I had 6 miles to run according to my plan and I chose an out and back route that includes some big hills but takes you to a very pretty river. It was really nice to show a route to someone else, especially as it’s one of my favourite routes. It is quite hilly but is on tarmac so is great for training for a road race and you have some lovely views. We ran for 5.75 miles, which was the furthest Larissa had ever ran.
Saturday was parkrun day! At the end of my start to run courses I always suggest that the group runs a parkrun together. Running a 5k parkrun is a really good goal to set when you start to run as there is a such a sense of achievement when you finish. On Saturday I had three people from my Waddesdon beginners group, two from my improvers group and one from my North Marston group plus my mum, so 8 of us including me. It was a really hot day, about 22 degrees Celsius by 9am when the run starts, and unfortunately the there isn’t much shade on the Aylesbury parkun route which we wee running. The heat made it a pretty tough day to run but everyone managed to run under 37 minutes which was fantastic.
How was you week running? What has the weather been like for you? Do you have a local parkrun?