Week 13! On the homestretch now! Still a fan of running too which is great!
I feel like I’ve become consumed by my training in the last few weeks. Consumed in a good way I like to think. Most people would call it taking your training seriously. It’s not that I wasn’t beforeâ€¦.I am just approaching it more like a job at the moment. So what exactly do I need to get done in each session to achieve my goals. As opposed to my usual approach of ‘try hard’ and see what happens. This week felt goodâ€¦.I had tired legs but still managed to get in all my times for each session. Which has given me some confidence. And my training partner Rick came back from a small injury. Nice to have someone to run with.
- Tuesday â€“ Mile Repeats
We haven’t done mile repeats in a while so I was curious to see how I would do. I kept 4 of them under my goal timeâ€¦the 4th one killed me! I thought I was going to get sick with effort yet it was the slowest. Go figure! I will blame the wind. J
Warm Up â€“ 1.9km
5 * 1mile Intervals – (times is pace per km)
Cool down â€“ 1.3km
- Wednesday â€“ 18km Endurance Run @ 5.09km
This was probably the hardest run of the week. It’s hard to know what exactly caused it but I didn’t eat before I left and felt so weak by the end. Maybe just a hard day at the office? But I was glad when we were finished. And even more glad that 5 clubmates chose to get up at 6am to run with me.
- Thursday â€“ Km Repeats
I was a bit worried about this workout on Wednesday night. I spent a good 45 minutes trying to convince myself I was ill as I was so tried. I just wanted to sleep forever. And I had spoken with my club coach about my goal pace and I knew it was going to be challenging. When my alarm went off there was a few minutes of hesitation. But I had a think and put it into perspective. And asked what would Mo and Pre do? So yeah, just get up girl.
Warm Up â€“ 3.6km
6 * 1km sprints (times are pace per km)
Cool down â€“ 3.4km
This was a tough tough session. I was promised a hug if I could do them under 4.00 so got 5/6 of a hug. The last 300m coach jumped in and I tried to catch himâ€¦..I couldn’t but came close to puking so I tried.
- Friday â€“ Recovery Run 5km, 5.37 pace.
Saturday â€“ 29km with 23km @ MP
I think I spent all week nervous about this run! I don’t know what gets into my head sometimes but I tend to doubt myself a lot. We had chatted about this and aimed for my MP to be 4.40â€¦.which I thought I hadn’t a hope of achieving. Rick was back running with us so I knew I had some company which always helps. But I was up to 90 thinking I would struggle a lot. Well after all that it went fineâ€¦.what is that saying about worrying being like a rocking chair? I need to remember that next time.
We started off with a slow 3km to warm up. There was a lightning storm when we started so we were just waiting for the storm to hit. And hit it did â€“ the rain was torrential! But in that “it’s amazing and I feel alive’ kind of way. We kept an average pace for the following 23km at 4.37km and eased up again for the final 3. I felt great after for proving to myself I could do it. We were like rats when we finished. But happy rats. J
I didn’t feel too tired for the dayâ€¦mainly because it involved eating the best homemade jalfreizi, watching dvds and Franman’s delight in discovering TapKing.
- Sunday â€“ Recovery Run 6km, 5.40
I am getting way better at slowing these down. And just enjoying a nice slow run for what it is.
So I finished up the week with 83kmâ€¦..a km less than last week. Do I smell taper???
Go wish Ellie good luck today â€“ she is prepping for a Â½ marathon PR!