Weekly Re-Cap 5

Monday- Track Running Session (4 miles) 

Thursday- 5 mile run

Saturday- 9.32 mile (15km ) run

I’ve been incredibly tired this week, so I didn’t fit in nearly as much exercise as I had planned- but sometimes you just need to rest, right? In fact on Wednesday evening, I fell asleep and completely missed my swimming lesson! However, I still fitted in my long run on Saturday and a track session on Monday evening. 

For Saturday’s long run, we ventured out to a new location- The River Chelmer in Essex. I love a riverside run and love exploring new places on my running routes, so we planned a trail run from Little Baddow to Maldon. 
We parked up at Paper Lock Mill and headed out along the river- the navigation path was incredibly muddy and after a few miles we were both slipping and sliding all over the place! I took the run much slower than my usual pace, as I felt so unsteady on my feet- I didn’t want to fall into the river! 
It was an enjoyable run though, with great scenery along the trail. I tried taking some Clif Shot Bloks for the first time at the half-way point of my run, they didn’t taste too bad and didn’t upset my stomach- so I’ll stick with these to fuel my half-marathon training. 
On my way back, I heard gunshots and saw a group of hunters shooting pheasants alongside the river- I sped up my pace at that point!
We met back at Paper Mill Lock, to compare muddy trainers and pop into the Old Stable Tea Room for a drink, there were some lovely looking cakes but I passed on these this time! 

There are 12 weeks today until my first Half-Marathon, and as I’m up to 9.32 miles I’m happy with how my training is going. For the coming week, I hope to make it to my swimming lesson and fit in some yoga, plus another 15km run on the weekend- I’m already planning a new route- although hopefully less muddy! 

Crossing the River Chelmer

 

Muddy Trail

 

Fallen tree blocking the trail

 

Paper Mill Lock

 

Mud!

 

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