Can you believe that we are now in to single digits for the weekly countdown!! That’s just a little bit scary – 9 weeks to go….
Monday – As I said last week, I am away this week, so I messaged my club coach to ask what the session was, so I could complete the same session on my own. I had all day to complete the session, but as always everything else got in the way, so I finally headed out just as it was getting dark! Luckily my club session was a pyramid session, so I picked a road next to my hotel and ran up and down, and up and down, and up and down… 5 miles in total! I think the locals must have thought I was mad! The session was 2, 4, 6, 8, 6, 4, 2 minutes tempo with half the time recovery. I was pleased that I managed to complete it and all efforts started with an 8: xx pace, but I wasn’t very consistent. I ranged from 8:00 to 8:54! It was a tough session, but I enjoyed it once I had completed it!
Tuesday – Rest day – well in terms of running, but having a 4-year-old who is very active means you’re pretty much on the go all day!
Wednesday – My plan said that I needed to complete 10 miles today. I am always very conscious of how much time I spend away for my family when training, so thought it would be a good idea, to get up early and use the hotel treadmill. So whilst they were sleeping, I headed downstairs. I knew I was going to have to be mentally tough to complete the 10 miles, but it was worse than I could imagine! This was my view:
Pretty predictable, but I didn’t complete the 10 miles, after 1 hour and 20 I had just about had enough, so gave up. I headed back upstairs to find both my daughter and husband still fast asleep! How did Susie Chan ever manage to stay on a treadmill for 12 hours! Respect!
Thursday – Today was our day to travel home, so 9 hours in the car, meant this really was a rest day!
Friday – I completed some of the hip exercises I spoke about in week 3. They are really making a difference, the niggle I was getting in my knee has not reared its head for the last couple of weeks!
Saturday – Bedford Park run – I always dread 5k – I just haven’t really run them enough. Also, I always think I should be quicker than I actually am! They are hard, I set off too fast and then die at the end. I tried to warm up a little this time, as last time I just walked to the start, and then wondered why it was so hard! Doh! It still wasn’t enough, but next time I WILL get there earlier enough to warm up properly.
I did the usual and started too fast, so faded at the end, but it didn’t feel as horrendous as last time, so that made me feel a little better. The text that came through said it was a PB of 27:31. It isn’t actually, but it was better than the last month so I am happy with that!
I am really looking forward to getting back to a routine and getting a good weeks worth of training in. I have Brighton Half marathon next weekend, which I have done for the last 2 years. (Read 2014 report here, obviously didn’t do one for 2015?!?) I really like this race. I love running by the sea, and it’s an out and back, so I spend most of my race watching the speedy ones on the other side!
I like running half marathons! I think I need a year concentrating on just halves, and try to gain myself that elusive sub 2 hour time that I so want!
Which distance do you prefer to run?