Welcome to week 12! I’m tired! 😂 After running 12 miles on Saturday, all I have done is eat and try to sleep. Ok, that’s not exactly true, but as a quick summary it works. I’ve decided to try and blog about the first two runs while they are still fresh in my mind, as last week I really didn’t do them justice.
Run 1: 3 miles on the treadmill
Monday’s run is usually 4.5 miles, but as it was raining quite heavily out, I went to the gym. They were still doing renovations and painting, and it smelled like paint, so I cut the run short at 3 miles. It was also quite awkward to be the only one on the open treadmills and to have the gym people cleaning and moving things about and I really felt in the way. The run was ok, but I know the pace suffered with the smell of paint and all.
Run 2: 4.5 miles
Wednesday runs are always tough. I take 2 hours of Pilates on Tuesday evenings, so Wednesday morning I’m usually a bit sore based on what we did in class. There was a lot of hip and glute work last night and I was definitely feeling it this afternoon. I ran a bit later as I had an appointment earlier in the morning and it was ok. Not stellar or impressive by any means.
Now that it’s cooler here in Scotland, I need to remember to use my inhaler before my runs which I did today. I did feel like breathing was a bit better, but it was then sucked away as I ran back directly into a chilly headwind. 😬 I’m also definitely feeling every extra pound I meant to shed by now. I’ve gotten really, really good at maintaining, but I still have a ways to go, and I know that my running will improve once I do so. I will probably continue to maintain now that I’m getting close to the end of the training, and after the half, get a more balanced approach between running, lifting, and cutting weight (just in time for the holiday season!- oh wait, that never applies to me unless you count Gingerbread lattes.) 😂
Tomorrow I will be running Monday’s speed work session, most likely on the treadmill as it’s supposed to rain all day here. Hopefully I will be less sore tomorrow!