At this point in training the weeks suddenly seem to be going by very quickly, especially with September - race month - nearing. I have allowed myself to start to think a little more about the prospect of Berlin and consequently it has begun to build my excitement levels already...
MONDAY: Body Pump class
TUESDAY: today my plan read - '6 miles of relaxed fartlek'; which was not suggesting a very structured run and also offered very little pace guidance. I like structure (can you tell?!) so instead I planned some intervals for my 6 miles - setting myself 5 x 1000m reps, with 200m recoveries. I flew through the first three intervals with splits of around 7 min/mile pace each, but the final two were a bit of a struggle and it literally felt like I had used all the energy in my legs on the previous reps. Abs class at the gym after.
WEDNESDAY: a pleasant and steady 6 mile loop before my Body Pump class, averaging 8.12 min/mile pace.
THURSDAY: today's plan was for a progression run - not something I find easy. My first mile is always much too quick, no matter how hard I try to slow down, and this then leaves me with some fast miles ahead in order to get progressively quicker across the entire run. Before leaving the house I diligently planned out the 7 miles I had to do and wrote down target paces on my hand to try and give me a balanced run. Did it help? No. My first mile was a quicker than planned 8.30 min/mile which then led to splits of 8.13, 8.02, 7.51, 7.37 and 7.09 min/mile. It was fun to push myself to keep getting quicker, but hard work too!
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: a slightly alternative Lincoln parkrun, with a forced route change due to works being undertaken on one of our usual pathways. The route amendment saw us go through much more of a woodland section and I am not sure if my Garmin lost signal during this, but I made the route a little short of 5k. This meant that as I sprinted over the line and saw the time on my watch, 20:46, I was a little bittersweet. This was a massive PB for me and the first time I have ever gone under 21 minutes, but if the course was short then I am not sure if I can count it - despite it now being on my parkrun record! Regardless, I felt I ran strong and now have some serious work to do to ever challenge my PB again, especially when we return to our usual route!
SUNDAY: the second 20 miler of my training plan. I ran with my friend (see image) and I think we both wanted to make this one a little quicker than our previous 20 miles a few weeks ago. It turned out to be such a good run, which could be told by the fact we both simply did not know where the miles had gone. The mileage milestones and the ground we covered passed by ridiculously quick and it was not until about the 18 mile point I started to feel things get a bit tough. I think I used the phrase - my legs now need to be told to move rather than just running freely! As I slammed the stop button on Garmin when 20 miles flashed on my screen, I was delighted by our average overall pace of 8.30 min/mile. Once I stopped I realised how knackered I was, but I was also so happy and proud of us both for that pace. 20 miles at 8.30 min/mile - never did think I would be capable of that. Perhaps this training lark is paying off..!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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