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I'm Bethan a runner from London with a passion for sisterhood in sport. This blog is all about the power of movement, community and elevating women in sport.

a week in workouts

After a month where I raced nearly every weekend (having not raced at all since December) and spent nearly every week recovering and running short (5k) maintenance runs, getting back in to the routine of regular training over the last week has been so enjoyable! No worrying about overdoing things before a weekend race, a long run that, for the first time ever, exceeded 10k, one 'bad run', two run commutes and run club...
 
Monday...
 
 
Monday night, most weeks, is run club night. 5k with the adidas 26rs following a nice flat route through Hoxton and along Regent's canal - the perfect way to start the week!
 
After a double run day on Sunday I was taking things easy, tagging along at the back of the pack, chatting away and coming out with some stellar run-philosophy such as your worst run is always better than your worst day (it's true) as we trotted along. It was lovely.
 
Tuesday...
 
 
Yoga can be summed by the lion pose. Two hours after we got home DT turned round to me and simply said well that was weird. It was weird, but it was nice to have a stretch.

 
Thursday...
 
 
Thursday was the very first #run2workday and my very first run to work - which I loved! It felt so good to get up and get moving early in the day, and I arrived at work feeling alert and ready for the day.
 
Running home from work is something I am more accustomed to, and in honour of #run2workday I ran the long way home racing bikes through the Greenwich foot tunnel.

Saturday...



 
Saturday started with such good intentions and turned out to be one of those runs that just didn't really happen...so much so that I wrote a whole post about it.
 


Sunday...

 
It's been so long since I had a proper long run...in fact, until yesterday I hadn't ever run more than 10k, and these days that doesn't seem all that far!
 
To keep things interesting I set myself the challenge of taking in as many of South East London's parks as I could. London has a lot of parks, and while I really love the big hitters, the South East is littered with smaller, but equally lovely parks, and it is only right to show them some love....six parks in just over 12k is pretty good going I think! 

 

 

 
 

 
It felt so good to breach the 10k barrier and run further. Yep, my pace was slower than normal, I was being a little cautious, but it was also very hot (a co-op pit stop was needed for extra water!), there were some epic hills (the only downside to SE London is the hills - they are mammoth!) and I may or may not have got a little lost....
 
It used to bother me when I ran slower than I thought I should be running. When you first start out it can be difficult not to compare your pace over different distances, not to be annoyed that you run more slowly than you know you would in a race. These days I have matured as a runner. I know its ok to go slow sometimes, that you don't always have to push your speed if you are pushing your endurance.


Race for Life Crystal Palace

bad run