Down the Downs..

Mon – 70min run
Tues – Gym ‘induction’, 2.5k swim (1×1.5k, 10x100m)
Wed – 30min jog, + 12x400m track session
Thur – AM 80min turbo (5+10min intervals), PM: Club Run (6.7miles, hilly)
Fri – AM Gym, PM Club Swim

This week began rather begrudgingly, I felt a little tired and not so willing. However, I took it easy, and by Tuesday all felt well again.

Gym induction taught me that I should not be squatting with weight, because at the moment I need to work on ‘firing my glutes’ effectively. That’s a bit of a giggle to say. Anyway, long and short of it is that I shall be doing lots of one legged actions that make me look like a baby giraffe taking it’s first steps.

Club run last night was really enjoyable. Except for one beast of a hill, which I certainly didn’t take much pleasure in! Still, it was good to get chatting to a few other members. The group was generally much faster than me, so their ‘conversational’ pace was my ‘huffing and puffing’ pace for a couple of sections, but I figure there’s no harm in pushing myself a little harder until I catch up (I say this like it’s simple… haha).

The run took us ac cross the Sussex Downs, from Falmer. I was really struck by what a beautiful area we live in. I often take it for granted, stick to the same ‘safe’ paths that I know, and have learnt to love. It felt great to be in the middle of these endlessly stretching fields, but secure in the knowledge that the leader of the pack knew where we were going!

Really knowing the countryside around you, where all the paths lead to, and where all the hills are, is a real asset. Hopefully, i’ll have the chance to stay in Sussex for a good few years, and one day be able to map the downs on the palm of my hand. Until then, a Phoenix vest seems like a good guide to follow!

I am an NCTJ qualified journalist and copywriter with a year’s worth of experience as a local hack, and just under two years’ of experience working in the marketing department for a highstreet retailer. I currently work at Cycling Weekly, previous to this I was the editor at Total Women's Cycling. I do a little freelance writing alongside my job, and have written for Runner’s World, Triathlete’s World, Sussex Sport, Basingstoke Gazette newspaper, the Brighton Argus, Steve Hart Photography and 2LK Design. I blog to record the activities in my life which I don’t want to forget when I’m old and wrinkly (let’s hope the internet never melts down – but it seems safer than a notebook) – to let old friends and family know what I’m up to, and because I enjoy playing with words. I’m always looking for new projects – and you can email me should you ever need someone with an energetic passion for word doodling. Email: michelle.arthurs@gmail.com Twitter: @RideWriteRepeat Instagram: @RideWriteRepeat

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