This week saw the London Marathon launch the 100 day countdown until race day. 100 days is still a long way to go - there are many more miles to be logged and a lot of care to be taken in order to successfully get to that start line, but it did give me that little ripple of nervous excitement thinking about race day. I have loved my running this week; I always love running, but this week has felt an extra joy and I think has shown in my performances.
MONDAY: a running rest day, so I took myself to the gym for some strength work. It was a little boring but functional!
TUESDAY: early morning intervals before work. I had 4.5 miles with 12 x 200m reps and 200m recoveries. As I programmed the training into my Garmin I had a wave of 'what the hell am I doing?!' - 12 lots of fast, hard reps at 6am in the morning is surely torture?! I had set myself an ambitious target of hitting 6.40 min/mile pace for the intervals too, which probably did not help! As soon as I began to run though I found a powerful and confident stride, and all bar two of my reps were actually sub 6.40 min/mile pace - a good start to the day after all!
WEDNESDAY: 5 steady miles - my pacing was a little quicker than perhaps it should have been on paper, averaging roughly 8 min/mile pace; however ignoring the stats, it felt comfortable. I think whilst I need to be mindful of my pace and keep a level of disciple during marathon training, I am also growing in experience as a runner, so am beginning to know what feels right for me.
THURSDAY: after yesterday's run I kept the ethos of running to feel in mind as I took on today's tempo run. I ran 5 miles with the middle 3 miles at half marathon pace. I aimed for 7.50 min/mile but logged splits of 7.38, 7.30 and 7.23 min/mile, with an average pace overall of 7.49 min/mile. Stats wise the run was too quick - but it felt great, so I am not complaining! I went to Body Pump after, which was slightly less of a shock to the system after my return to the class last week.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: to add to an already good week of running, at parkrun I found myself leaving with a new PB! Last week at Lincoln parkrun I had equalled my PB of 20:46, and today I shaved a few more seconds off this record, setting a time of 20:38 and finishing in first female spot. It was not easy, I had to push hard and could feel a grimace on my face at times, but as usual the friendly cheers from the super Lincoln parkrun volunteers kept me and my legs going. To be honest, heading into the run I knew I wanted to test myself; I had confidence in my legs after my weekday running and wanted to see what I might be capable of if I asked just that little bit more from them. I was absolutely spent in the finish funnel at the end, hands on knees trying to catch my breath, a feeling which was slightly uncomfortable, but totally worth it!
SUNDAY: in contrast to yesterday's lung busting effort today's run felt a comfortable task - 12 miles which I averaged at 8.27 min/mile - I may even have been a tad quicker as I forgot to stop my Garmin at one point, but that is really trivial! The distance felt manageable and my legs didn't fade or tire. There were also lots of other runners out which made me feel in good company despite running alone. A positive end to a positive week of running - onto the next.
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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