I wrote on Twitter this week that I felt like ‘the marathon training fire was igniting inside me once again…’ and I think that phrase is a pretty good way to summarise this week.
MONDAY: following Round Sheffield Run on Sunday my hips were a bit ‘twangy’ today, but I cannot really complain after the hilly test of the event! It was the last Strength and Conditioning for Runners session of the block tonight, and I followed this with Body Pump.
TUESDAY: although I have been running a few interval sessions since my last block of marathon training, I approached this run with a bit more focus. I wanted to run hard during the efforts but keep the recovery periods purposely slow to really benefit the interval periods. I feel this worked and during the run, which was 4.5 miles with 12 x 200m reps and 200m recoveries, I managed 10 of the reps at a pleasing sub 7 min/mile pace.
WEDNESDAY: this morning I managed to meet up with my friend for our first run together for a good few Wednesdays due to various injuries and life barriers! We completed a familiar 6.5 mile loop out into the countryside logging some quick splits in the process - his pace always amazes me! We averaged 7.44 min/mile overall, it would have been quicker, but I flagged a little at the end! I did enjoy the mid-week company and challenge again though.
THURSDAY: due to work commitments I had to miss Run Club this evening but was still able to log my own morning run. I really enjoyed this run, relishing the warmth of the day already and just letting my legs tick over. I did not really look at my watch, but an average of 8.07 min/mile felt pleasingly comfortable across the 5 miles.
FRIDAY: Rest Day
SATURDAY: this week’s Lincoln parkrun left me feeling both delighted and surprised. I have not been running particularly quick recently, by my own standards of course, and whilst I have accepted this without too much bother, I had been wondering if I would ever log a sub 21 minute time again! This week it just all fell into place though... As I completed my three laps of Boultham Park my legs felt strong and my breathing under control, and as I approached the third lap I could feel I had not dropped my pace.
What also helped me was the support I received from marshals around the course, as well as fellow runners as I passed them; it is amazing what a little ‘go on Alice’ or ‘looking strong Alice’ can do to keep you focused and confident. I love being part of our Lincoln parkrun community, and I tried to acknowledge as many people as possible. I did not look at my watch until I was stood catching my breath in the finish funnel, and I was astonished to see a time of 20:46 displayed. I felt I had been running well, but not that well! I was very happy (see image).
SUNDAY: to finish off a good week of running, this morning I met my run buddy for a Sunday long run. After the success of our Round Sheffield Run pairing on Sunday, I was very much looking forward to sharing some training miles again. I promised steady miles, but as we strode along together and the conversation flowed, two things happened; one I forgot all about pace, and two I forgot all about how many miles we were running. I just got lost in the run and before I knew it we were heading toward the end of our planned route. Today I felt that kind of joy from running I want to keep throughout my training; we had ran well but also had just been chatting casually and happily like friends. 12 miles under my belt at a steady pace of 8.16 min/mile, it was a good end to a good week of training.
This week has left me feeling excited for more training, and I almost feel at the point where I am ready to reveal the 26.2 mile race location. It is not so much of a secret, but I have just not felt ready for whatever reason, maybe until I felt ready to fully accept the training ahead. It is only week two, however this week has felt like good progress all around.
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