5K Training – Weeks 8 & 9

I’m not sure what has been up this week, but my mojo seems to have disappeared. I have felt very tired. Sorry for this TMI, but I am finding that just prior to my time of the month I get really lethargic and out of sorts. I doubt myself with everything, I don’t have the enthusiasm for things I normally would, and I am very tearful. This obviously effects my training. It also effects my photography, as I hardly have any photos from this week too! ๐Ÿ˜†

This training cycle has seen me following a Garmin UK 5K training plan If you would like to read about the other weeks training in this cycle, click here.

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Monday

Never miss a Monday is a common thing you hear, but I did exactly that. I just wasn’t feeling up to it. So decided to give myself another rest day.

Tuesday

So, ‘Monday’s’ 40 minutes easy happened today. I ran down to the local lakes and met my husband there. The route is mostly downhill so I probably ran it faster than I would normally, but with the theme of the whole week, this didn’t feel easy at all. Pushing the pace a little made me think that it would be over quicker! Ridiculous, I know as I was running for 40 minutes!!!!

Wednesday

Last week after completing my tough 5 x 1k reps, I was actually quite pleased when I saw that the session was repeated this week. I wanted another crack at it, as I was sure I could pace it better.

During the warm up, my legs felt tired and I just knew that this session was going to required at lot of PMA to get through it. I tried really hard to pace the reps better, but I ended up being slower for all of the reps. These reps are supposed to be goal pace reps, but not being able to hold the pace for 1K doesn’t feel me with confidence to get a 5K PB.

After the 1k reps I completed the 200m reps, but I felt quite flat and was glad when the session was over.

Thursday

Rest day and I felt like I needed this.

Friday

40 minutes easy is what the plan said. I got up and put on my kit ready to run. I took that same kit off when I got into bed Friday night having not run! I don’t know what has happened, but I feel like my running motivation has gone MIA. Obviously, we can’t be motivated all the time and this is where forming habits helps. Being disciplined to grind out the sessions is important too. I’m not sure if it is because I don’t have an actual race to focus on, but I couldn’t find the motivation to get this session done.ย 

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River

Saturday

Long run – I can categorically say that I had I not met up with Christine for this run, I would have probably avoided this run too!. 70 minutes on the plan and I was ready to stop after 20 minutes. Not because I was tired or injured. I just felt like my head was not in it.ย 

We explored a new route, the weather was sunny but cold and I just didn’t get that same buzz from it. I got the 70 minutes complete, as there was no way Christine would let me get away with cutting it short.

Sunday

A quick spin on the Peloton bike and some stretching were needed today to finish the week off.

So week 8 is done and dusted and I am ready to attack week 9. Approaching with a PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) is going to help. All change again, as easing lockdown starts. My run club is back on Monday. It has been over a year since I have been, so that’s something to look forward too. The clocks have changed and the evenings will be lighter, so that is great. Hopefully the weather is starting to warm up too!

One of the things that I have considering lately is strength work. I know that it has a massive impact on running. I know that I should be doing it, yet I never stick to it. It really irritates me too! I am bored of talking about it and not doing it. So I thought about what would make me do it? I have thought about setting up an accountability group. We could all log online at the same time to get our strength work completed. We don’t have to be doing the same things but I just feel that knowing people are doing strength too and making you accountable too might work? I NEED something to make me do it! If you have any ideas, or thoughts on my idea, please let me know in the comments.

Week 9

I so didn’t get myself organised and sorted to post week 8 in time, so this post is now week 8 and 9 together. There seems to be a pattern forming here๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ. I don’t know if anyone else is finding this, but as things seem to be changing so frequently I am struggling to establish a routine. Just when I think I have nailed one routine, lockdown eases and I have to establish another. The current time is so confusing, I am just having to accept it is what it is and cope the best I can!

Monday

Today’s session was pretty exciting. It was a 55 minute easy run, so do you want to know what made it SO exciting? I completed it back at RUNCLUB!!!! It was the first time I had attended run club in over a year and being completely honest, I felt really nervous! I don’t know why, as it’s not like I haven’t been running or the people are not nice. But I just felt apprehensive and it was strange.

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I didn’t complete the session that the coach had set as I was easy running, but it was so nice to be back running with people. The weather was good too and there was a little glimmer of ‘normality’ about the whole evening.

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Tuesday

Rest day from running, but I did jump on the Peloton bike and complete a 10 minute low impact ride. I am still shockingly bad on the bike, but I need to keep showing up! I also tagged on a 10 minute arm workout to the end of the session. Every little helps!

Wednesday

Session time and I had 800’s today. After not hitting my paces last week, I was unsure how this would go. After completing the warm up, I just got my head down.

These are supposed to be goal pace, so I know trying to go all out was not the point. I worked hard and being completely honest, I am not sure that I could hold that pace for 5k!ย 

I was pretty pleased with the paces when I looked at the stats after. Not only because they were within the paces set, but they got faster every rep! I walked the recoveries and so they varied in time. I know that the ideal session would to be jogging these, but hopefully that will come!

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Thursday

This was supposed to be a 55 minute steady run, but my mojo just disappeared again! I couldn’t motivate myself to get my run completed, so I pushed the session to Friday! It was the start of April, so I did start my little stretching challenge. Well, when I say mine, I have just joined The Runner Beans. She has set herself a challenge to add a minimum of 5 minutes stretch everyday in April. I know that my body could really do with this, so I’m in. With the Peloton App it is so easy to stick on a stretching routine, so there is no excuse. I completed a 5 minutes stretch.

Friday

Yesterday’s easy run needed to be completed and boy was it a big battle with my mind to get this completed. I just didn’t want to do it! I don’t know where my motivation went, but I had to give myself a stern talking too! I compromised and told myself that I could run/walk if needed. I also ran on the treadmill so I could stop and finish if I wasn’t enjoying it!

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Obviously, I didn’t stop, walk or not enjoy it once I got going. Why does that little voice in our head try sabotage our runs?

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Once completed, I was obviously so happy that I had won the mind battle! 55 minute easy, watching Vlogs on YouTube! I felt so much better after running!

Friday - Rularuns

Saturday

Time Trials seem to be my new best friend – NOT! (How old skool is that saying hehe) Today was a 1.5 mile time trial. My usual lapped route around the lake has been spoilt by lots of loose stones being laid. So I still headed to Stanwick Lakes, but had to choose a different route. My original plan to run out to what is locally know as ‘Poo bin’ was changed as it meant running in to a head wind. So my warm up was extended and to be honest that was probably a good thing as it was COLD!

After a brief catch up with some friends, I got the time trial underway. Starting too fast as always, I just kept trying to push. I’m rubbish at really pushing myself as I always feel like I will crash and burn too soon! But I did try hard. Unfortunately the last section of the run was on some pathway with loose stones, so I think this slowed me down a little too!

The first mile was 8:18 and final 0.5 miles 8.31. It averaged it out at 8:22 min/miles which is okay. I would have liked to have been faster, but it is faster than I was this time last year! Interestingly, I think it takes time to teach you mind that you can run that fast too!

Saturday TT - Rularuns

Sunday

Today is a rest day from running and I am unsure if I will jump on the bike or not later. I had considered it, but my Whoop band has indicated that I am only 35% recovered, so I may take that as a sign to only complete my stretches and instead relax and eat all the chocolate instead! Happy Easter to you all!

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