The rest of last week was a bit of a let down exercise-wise, but I just had the best week at work. I met some great new colleagues, had a superb time training them over in Ireland and it was really positive and productive. Sometimes all the travel is worth it, I do really love this job!
After making yoga on Wednesday morning I went out that night. Thursday was work and travel and Friday I was just so shattered and needed to rest. I made it to Yin yoga on Saturday and really enjoyed it but didn’t get any exercise done on Sunday as I was busy.
So all week I managed a total of 1 x 5Km run and 2 yoga classes. 😕
I realised that I had done only 9 out of the expected 10 yoga classes this month and as Monday was 31st July I needed to go then. I had dinner plans in the evening and was in the office all day so I had to go to the 06:30 class or I’d miss my target.
I was so stiff through the class and kept thinking how inflexible I was, but I hadn’t done a Bikram class for 5 days (the Yin doesn’t count) and really anything more than 3 days makes it really hard for me as I am not naturally flexible. To see progress I really need to be going 4 times a week!
And it probably goes without saying that one run a week is just deeply insufficient.
Then today I realised that I have actually completed 106 yoga classes in 212 day, exactly one every other day this year on average. So despite a poor performance last week I really am doing so well! I’m in such a different place to where I was 7 months ago: physically and emotionally.
I intended on doing a run today and after a chat with Steve we have found a new running plan to work with. Our next major race is a half marathon in September, and I need to have a training plan to work towards that. I kind of feel that in the last few months I have been flailing around with my training without a real plan and that really doesn’t work for me. It results in a lot of slacking.
I was planning on a 35 minute run tonight (from the plan) but I didn’t get home till 19:30 and had drunk 2 bottles of cider so I wasn’t overly keen. But I am SO HAPPY I did as I ran 6Km in 35:06.
I actually ran the first 5Km in 29:11!!!!!!!!!!! 🌟🎉🌟🎉🌟🎉🌟
I’ve been struggling to get my 5Km under 30 minutes this year and then today just lobbed off 48 seconds!
I am literally so amazed and so very happy about this! I’ve checked my notes and I think this is my 2017 5Km PERSONAL BEST! Yay. 🥇
As far as run prep goes I really didn’t do anything that would have gone in my favour but the run just felt good and I kept up a good pace.
Couldn’t be happier!
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Well done!!! I SO want to break 30mins – perhaps I should try two bottles of cider 😂. Maybe it was the rest that helped?
Yeah maybe the rest, although I did think that maybe I need cider before any race now. 😂 Honestly I think that the treadmill run last week made me realise I can go at a slightly faster pace without tiring out. I think I regularly hold back to make sure I can go the distance and I don’t need to. Who knows! If only it was a repeatable set of actions I could do every time. 🙄
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I’m the same – I run slower because I’m scared I’ll have to stop and won’t even finish if I push too hard. Perhaps I should try a treadmill session to get a feel for it – crack the mental barrier!
Yes get on the treadmill, I think it helped. Also doing interval training helps to develop speed. I’ve not done much yet but going to start!
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