This week has felt a little more straightforward after the snowy madness of last week's training! Akin to last week though, these past seven days have also featured another race (albeit slightly longer in distance!) - the Milton Keynes 20 Miler.
MONDAY: I started the week with very sore quads following the Cambridge Half Marathon on Sunday. I did not feel too tired physically - just very sore! This meant today's Strength and Conditioning for Runners class was a little challenging at times!
TUESDAY: I had to run early today and I knew there was no way I was going to be able to do justice to the 9 miles of intervals my training plan had written on it. My quads were too sore still and I did not see the point in stressing them again before they had really recovered. I therefore switched my plan to a steady 7 miler, averaging 8:14 min/mile pace. Any form of stoppage took a bit of effort to get my legs moving freely again, but once running the stiffness in my quads did ease a little.
WEDNESDAY: more early morning miles. Again intervals got pushed back a day as I could still feel a level of soreness in my quads (I think I really did push more poor limbs around Cambridge on Sunday!) I switched to a tempo run which was 'only' 5 miles, with the middle 3 miles supposedly at marathon pace. I say 'supposedly', as I really did not pace this run well - my splits were nothing like what I would be aiming for as my actual marathon pace, with the majority in sub 8 min/mile territory. To be honest, I just was not focusing or being strict enough on myself today, I simply just ran!
THURSDAY: today was the turn of the postponed interval run. My plan was for 9 miles with 8 x 800m reps and 200m recoveries. On paper I had a little bit of dread about this run, it sounded long and hard. In practice it was hard; not helped by the strong headwind in certain directions, but the intervals at least made the run seem mentally a lot shorter through breaking it up a bit. I averaged 7.44 min/mile overall, with my aim being to run the interval sections at closer to 7 min/mile pace. I managed this to begin with, but as I hit the windier sections of my route and as fatigue set in, these slowed a little to more like 7.18/7.20 min/mile. Body Pump class after.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: a hard Lincoln parkrun. parkrun is never really 'easy' but this week it just felt like I was exerting lots of effort for not much result. My legs felt tightener fast or fluid. I finished in 21:10 - a time which I was not especially amazed by (although was enough for a First Female place). I had to remind myself that parkrun is not my ultimate goal right now, and also that a few months ago I literally would have been ecstatic with that time!
SUNDAY: Milton Keynes 20 Mile Race - my first ever 20 mile race and also the first 20 miler of this training plan. My friend and I entered this event with the idea of it being a training run; however an overall 8.21 min/mile average pace and 2:47:33 finish time says otherwise! Full blog to follow shortly.
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