This week has felt quite testing, especially towards the end of the week as my activity levels built. My legs and body have served me well though, and as I near the half way point of training I am pleased with my progress...
MONDAY: after racing on Sunday at the Leicestershire Half Marathon I was tired today. I felt a little weary going into my Strength and Conditioning for Runners class, but had no apparent aches or pains so gave it a go. Once I got into the activity I felt much better, it seemed to revitalise me a little, and I even managed some new progressions on exercises we had been practising across the weeks so far.
TUESDAY: this week's intervals were the same as last week; 6 miles with 16 x 200m reps, 200m recoveries. Having already completed this session, it flew by this week as I seemed to know what to expect and how it would feel etc. I tried to run the intervals slightly quicker than last week even though I knew across 200m there is not a lot of room for improvement. I met my goal though on all reps, which pleased me even if it was only by one or two seconds.
WEDNESDAY: icy early miles in -2 degree temperatures. Simply put, this 10 mile run took some determination. The glistening white paths meant it was hard to find a natural stride, and I had to run quite tentatively at times, which made the run feel less relaxed than it probably should have been. In the weather I managed 8.29 min/mile pace average which I was happy with, although the final 3 miles were tough as I felt I had ran out of energy both physically and also mentally to concentrate on running safely on the wintry paths.
THURSDAY: for some reason I felt extra energised for this run, despite the cold conditions continuing I just wanted to get out there. I quite like tempo runs, and I had 7 miles to do, with the middle 5 miles at half marathon pace. After last week's half marathon, I wanted my tempo splits to be well under 8 min/mile pace, and even with some stronger winds at times, I was pleased to log 7.35, 7.45, 7.34, 7.35 and 7.26 min/mile tempo splits.
FRIDAY: Rest Day - although not quite as restful as I might like. Today I was on a staff development/team building day with work at an RAF base. This involved a mixture of multi sport activities, which I could not help but throw myself into, as well as a spinning class - so not quite the break my poor legs might have needed!
SATURDAY: I could feel my lack of rest at Lincoln parkrun today. As soon as I started to run things did not feel smooth and I found myself having to almost tell my heavy legs to keep moving. During the second loop of the three lap course I had a dip in determination and started to debate just slowing down, but as the final lap arrived my natural desire kicked back in and I found something in my weary limbs. I finished in 20:31, my second fastest time to date, which I really was pleased by considering how hard I felt I had battled to get round.
SUNDAY: I was slightly concerned about my long run today. After parkrun feeling a real effort yesterday, the prospect of 17 more miles on tired legs instilled me with a bit of fear. As I ran to meet my friend my legs still did not feel great, tight and uncomfortable in places, and my hopes were not high for a good run. However, running with my friend instantly helped me, if I had been running alone I think mental games would have beaten me and I would have convinced myself I hurt too much to enjoy the run. But running together, and as our usual running conversation flowed, I forgot about my legs and any doubts I may have had. The miles ticked by without much conscious realisation, and when I did note there were *just* four miles left, this felt really achievable still and I knew I could do it without feeling like I was going to be dragging my feet. As we hit 17 miles I could not believe our average pace was 8.24 min/mile (see image). It was such a good result, and on a day when I thought I would hate running, as usual, I loved it.
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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