This week my training has been fueled by my own dogged determination, with the added assistance of Max Strength Cold and Flu tablets... you will not see that written in any official marathon training guides!
MONDAY: after struggling with a cold at the weekend I woke today feeling no better; totally bunged up and battling to breathe. Armed with said cold and flu tablets, pocket tissues and sipping endless amounts of water I made it through the day. Since I was feeling slightly improved on the morning, and me being me, I decided to go to my Body Pump class.
TUESDAY: my germs were marginally better today, so there was definitely no avoiding the 6 mile run I had planned featuring 16 x 200m intervals, with 200m recovery periods. For me this run was more of a mental than physical challenge. I completed the short reps at 5k pace and found I could adequately recover between bouts, the battle however was keeping my mind motivated to push myself 16 times over!
WEDNESDAY: a longer mid-week 10 mile run finishing at the gym for Body Pump. At first I struggled a bit with my cold when running; my chest was tight in the chilly air and a new niggly cough seemed to be developing. Thankfully this was due to be an easy paced run (average 8.44 min/mile), and I could thus steadily tick away the miles. I have no doubt if had rested prior to this day my cold may have disappeared by this point, but...!
THURSDAY: as I was due a later start at work I planned a morning run. I was a little sluggish to begin with having not had too much rest between my evening activity yesterday, but I got into my stride, drawing on some determination to successfully get through my planned 7m tempo run. The five middle miles I completed at around 8 min/mile pace and on a hilly route, with snow threatening to fall I was pleased to keep my resolve and not let my pace slip.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: finally feeling relatively germ free I looked forward to an improved Lincoln parkrun visit. Amid the snow flurries trying to fall, I ran the course in 21:52; a sub 22 minute time which I was much more satisfied with (see smiley post run photo). Upon finishing I even felt like there was a bit more left in my legs, a good sign after being completely spent last week. This was my 40th parkrun and I also managed to coincidentally finish in 40th position over all!
SUNDAY: conditions today were awful; it was cold, rain was lashing, sleet tried to mix with the raindrops and painfully splatter skin, and there was a strong wind... perfect 16 mile run long run weather then! I ran with my friend and at times I think we both questioned our sanity as we ran with icy rain driving into our faces and a strong headwind trying to make every step feel harder. But we made it, and despite the conditions threatening to make the run seem more like some kind of torture than a supposed pleasurable pastime, there were sections of shelter and rain relief which were enjoyable. Today was a day when you kind of just wanted to 'get round', so I was really happy to see that my average pace was 8.40 min/miles, and moreover my legs were not totally knackered at the end. My legs were however ripped to shreds from my ridiculous decision to wear shorts and consequential rain related chaffing issues... lets just say the post run warm shower was not as enjoyable as I would have liked! Marathon training - its not glamorous!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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