Getting back into the swing of things

I had a pretty quiet week last week to allow me time to recover from the half marathon.
Monday and Tuesday I was still a little stiff, which surprised me really, as when I've done other races this year, I've not been stiff afterwards. Perhaps it was the gap in training during the summer, or just the constant pounding of the pavements ?

Wednesday, I decided to allow my running muscles an extra day's rest and did 30 minutes on the bike at the gym. I have to say that I found this much easier than I was anticipating, having not been on the bike for any length of time for 6 months, and when I got off, I had a real buzz from the effort!

Thursday evening, I ran 7 miles at a relatively easy pace. Although my legs were up for something faster, I reigned in a bit to make it an easy run. I did, however, punish the last little hill before home, and that made me feel great all over again.

My legs were a little stiff again on Friday, so I had a break, and it rained on Saturday afternoon when I'd planned to run, so I skipped it. I don't really mind running in rain - it's cooling and I don't get much wetter than running normally, but it was that fine drizzle that soaks you, and I just couldn't be bothered.

So, with a very busy Sunday scheduled, I decided to fit a 10 miler in first thing. I left the house at 8am and had to be back for 9:25 at the latest so we could leave for my daughter's climbing lesson. I only realised when I had finished my warmup that I was going to have to run a hard 10 miles to get back in time, so that I did! It is actually only 9 3/4 miles, and I managed it in a gut-busting 1hr 10m (7:12min/ml). Not race pace, but not too far away, and definitely a bit much for what was supposed to be a long easy run. I made it back just in time though!

As a result of the pace, I have a bit of a knee twinge today, so will take it easy at the gym, and defer the speedwork until Friday.

I'm hoping to go out Wednesday night with some members of a local club to try to gauge whether or not I want to join the club. As I mentioned in my last rambling, I'm hoping that joining a club will give me the extra training I need to get to the next level, so Wednesday will be my first steps (pun intended) in that direction.

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