It’s been three weeks since I ran the Richmond Half Marathon and this has been the first week of proper running since that race.
After running a half marathon I usually allow two weeks of easy running before I start another training cycle. Resting helps the body to recover but this time I rested more than I would have liked as I got a bit of a cold! I started a new start to run course the week following the half marathon and those sessions were the only running I did for two weeks. But resting that much has meant I started this week raring to go!
The week started with an easy run of 30 minutes on Monday evening. This was the first evening run on my own since the clocks changed and I love the fact I can run more interesting routes in the evening near my house.
Tuesday I did my conditioning exercises. These are repeats of squats, lunges, crabs and lateral walks which all help build strength in the glutes and legs and help the body remember perfect movements for running.
Wednesday was week three of my new start to run group funded by Active Bucks. The group meets in one of the more rural villages so the numbers are fairly small (about 9 people so far) but hopefully it will grow as people spread the word. We had a nice run in the sports field with our run/walk intervals. As the running intervals increase we’ll venture out of the field and on to the pavements.
My final run of the week was my long run, although I only had 40 minutes planned. It was a beautiful day for a run, the sun was shining but it wasn’t too hot, there was a bit of a breeze and I was accompanied by bird song. I ran for 44 minutes in the end as I wanted to get to that nice round 4 mile point.
Also this week I got myself some new trainers from a local running shop and, after having my gait analysed, I am now back on neutral shoes. I got Brooks PureFlow, this is my first pair of Brooks shoes and so far I like them.
How was your week running? Do you like to keep round miles/kms or can you stop just short of a round number?