Week 8 = half way through training! The weeks seem to be flying by; yet when I think that I started my training in 2015, it does sound a little different!
MONDAY: I was not feeling too bad today considering Sunday was my longest run of training so far. Considering this, in my Body Pump classed I happily loaded my bar up with weights for the squats and lunges tracks as usual; which maybe was not the wisest decision, as tomorrow will tell...!
TUESDAY: in contrast to yesterday, today I suffered from a mixture of DOMS from Sunday's run and also a very tight glute muscle which had definitely stemmed from Body Pump. Some painful foam rolling before my run seemed to ease this, and I felt reasonably ready to face intervals. The intervals were short and sharp; 5 miles with 12 x 200m sections, with 200m recovery. I prefer short intense bouts of work, so after I got over the initial stop/start feeling, I found a good running rhythm.
WEDNESDAY: I realised today that this week my training programme was demanding me to a be a lot faster than in previous weeks. The 7 mile 'slow' run before my Body Pump class required me to run for an hours duration, a much quicker pace than past weeks. My legs felt heavy and I struggled to pick up the pace initially; however I eventually managed a 1hr 1min time, so nearly on target.
THURSDAY: the speed demands of this week's plan were apparent again today. I needed to run 3 miles in 24 minutes, in the middle of a mile warm up and cool down. 24 minutes for a 3 mile distance would have been a new 5k PB for me for 2016, so I knew this was going to be a challenge before I even set off. I pushed myself hard and managed a 25.40 for the middle section; a bit off pace, but my quads were really burning as I finished, so I know I exerted as much effort as possible.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: a bit of relief after the demands of the week's running so far, with an easy, 30 minute 5k on the plan. I chose a route which would not be too taxing on the legs, and just ran comfortably.
SUNDAY: my long run this week was something new which I had not attempted in my last marathon training cycle; 15 miles, racing the half marathon in the middle. I guess I should have found a half marathon to enter, but instead I found myself racing around the streets of Lincoln, sporting a red run top in keeping with the Valentines Day spirit (see image)! It was a little odd not being in a race situation but trying to push yourself as if you were; I also found it hard to know what pace to really run at. I went off fast and felt quite comfortable; I did think I may be going a bit too quick, but decided to just run (excuse the pun) with it. I paid the price though, and at the half way point I found I had slowed; although was still able to maintain a consistent, slightly slower pace. It was tough at times; on a pleasant morning I longed to be happily plodding along, but instead I was constantly urging myself on, willing my legs to go as fast as possible, and battling tiredness. My half marathon time was 1hr 55mins - which I am happy with, as it is not too far away from my PB of 1hr 47 and is also on track for a sub 4 marathon. On finishing my run I was shattered, but as the day went on I did not feel as exhausted as I did last Sunday - hopefully a sign I am getting stronger, ready to tackle the next eight weeks!
Alice's Adventures In Running Land
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