This week has been a bit of a 'cut back' week; there have still been a lot of miles, but some of the runs have been slightly less demanding. Mentally this has been a nice break, and I have actually not stuck rigidly to my plan on some runs - shock!
MONDAY: Body Pump class, and after yesterday's 20 miler I was pleased to just have sore toes to report - that I can handle!
TUESDAY: due to evening plans, for the first time in a very long while I got up early to run before work. I struggle with very early morning runs as I find I am hungry and energyless. With this in mind I made sure I had eaten a large meal Monday night and also gave myself 30 mins to get out the door, enough time to digest a banana for some fuel. My run was all the eights; 8 miles with 8 x 800m intervals and 200m recoveries. Initially I thought the run was never going to happen; pulling my half asleep body up the hill by my house I debated whether to scrap it completely. But I stuck with it, I woke up, and I ran the the reps well at 10k pace.
WEDNESDAY: a frustrating day at work meant I couldn't wait to run tonight, I had energy that needed channeling and a mind that welcomed distraction. My plan was for 8 miles at a steady pace, but feeling as I did and on a wonderful spring like evening I could not hold myself back. My legs felt strong and I powered around the streets at an average pace of 7.50 min/mile, setting a new 10k PB (unofficial as I only count races!) in the process. Body Pump class after.
THURSDAY: another run where I ignored my plan. After playing badminton with colleagues I was keen to get my run in quickly before I felt too tired or it got too late, and a shorter 5 mile distance was thus welcomed. However I failed to rein in my desire just to run and instead of keeping certain miles to marathon pace, ended with a 8.21 min/mile average and being generally a bit all over the place. I felt frustrated I was not disciplined afterwards, but think I just wanted to get the run done this time.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: Lincoln parkrun minus my Garmin watch, which for someone who is often ultra organised, I strangely forgot to bring - at least I still had my barcode, that is much more important! Last week I really struggled at parkrun, so this week I just wanted to try improve and get back to nearer my more recent 21 minute times. Without my watch I had no idea what I was running, there was not even anyone running near me who I usually recognised who could act as an unofficial timer. It felt hard and I was really giving my all, but I knew I was not struggling like I was last weekend. When I finished I managed to ask another runner who finished close to me what their time was and was honestly shocked to find I must be in the 21 minute time region, with my official text confirming a 21:49 finish. Not sure what happened last week - hopefully a blip!
SUNDAY: a very pleasing long run today with my friend. Together we completed 18 miles with an average pace of 8.31 min/miles, which is hands down my quickest long run during all of my various marathon training cycles. I could sense the quicker pace towards the end, my legs felt like they had ran further than the actual distance we had covered, but pleasingly we didn't fade too much at all. I would never have had the confidence to try that pace alone, and it really made me appreciate how wonderful it is to be able to share a marathon training journey with others, but especially being able to run with my friend.
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