MONDAY: Body Pump class
TUESDAY: despite it being Valentine’s Day there was not much love shared between me and my training plan when I looked and saw I had exactly the same run as last week to complete; 16 x 200m intervals, with 200m recoveries – otherwise known as the run with the never ending intervals. I ran a two mile warm up in order to get to a nice long stretch of interrupted path before beginning my attack. I say attack, as I really got into the intervals this time around, running many at below my usual 5k pace, and – thankfully – they ticked by much quicker than last week. A cool down mile left me with 8 miles in total, ready for my hot valentines date with the gym for an abs class…!
WEDNESDAY: an easy paced 10 mile run before Body Pump. Being off work today meant I could run in daylight and was able to choose an out and back route along the local river bank. This route choice was much nicer than running loops around the city centre after work, and it didn’t make it feel quite so long for a weekday run. I was absolutely starving at Body Pump after… the hunger made the class much harder than normal!
THURSDAY: another replica run from last week, and another I was not too pleased about seeing again! Seven miles were on the plan, with the middle five miles at half marathon pace. The run was just as hard as last week, and it is difficult to articulate just how many conversations were going on in my head throughout. These ranged from thinking I needed to give up, to surges of determination to keep going! I managed it… with middle splits of 8:05, 7:52, 7:54, 7:55 and 7:34 – it was horribly hard though!
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: my weekly visit to Lincoln parkrun. I felt strong running today and a busy start also benefitted me (a record breaking 460 runners were taking part in the event! ) as it meant I didn’t go off with my usual overly optimistic gusto. This measured start helped me control my splits more and there was no mid-way dip or final lap flagging, and I crossed the line in a satisfying 21:45.
SUNDAY: feeling adventurous and tired of our well-trodden long runs routes my friend and I ventured to a few unknown paths for a 17 mile run. It was a beautiful day, blue skies and sunshine meaning by three miles in we were stripping off layers and joyfully running in vest tops in February (see image). It was refreshing to be running somewhere new, and even the fact one of the paths we had planned to run down seemed to no longer exist did not throw us, as we somehow quite naturally managed to self-navigate a 17 mile loop. We may have paid the price for an enthusiastic first few miles completed well ahead of long run pace (my fault, my pacing needs to be reined in at times!) as towards the end both of our legs were beginning to feel tired and a bit ‘long runny’. However we still averaged 8:38 min/miles which I was very happy with, and it was not until we drove back along some of the roads we had just been running that I really began to comprehend how far we had actually ran – distance is almost taken for granted during marathon training!
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