5K Weekly training – Week 4

There seems to have been a little glimmer of hope this week. The road map out of lockdown and the sun coming out shows small signs that we are moving forward. The news that they have set a date for the return of parkrun is certainly exciting.

Training wise, I had a mini break through on Wednesday then a wake up call on Saturday! But week 4 completed and on to the next! If you have missed the previous weeks and you want to have a read, click here.

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Monday: 40 minutes treadmill, Do you ever have those days when you just can’t be bothered to think about a route? Well that was me! The weather was lovely, the sun had been out most of the day, but I just didn’t fancy running the same route.

I procrastinated so much, I just jumped on the treadmill to complete 40 minutes. Sometimes a podcast, zoning out and just getting it done is enough.

Treadmill Run

Tuesday: Rest day

Wednesday: 4 x 600m with 200m recoveries. This was the first time in a long time that I actually felt like I was running properly, not shuffling. I have been feeling like I have been running with poor form, lopsided a little. It hasn’t felt natural or comfortable.

This session was far from comfortable, as I pushed hard. But it just felt better somehow!

Irthinglingborough Lakes

Thursday: Rearranged rest day. Sorry this might be TMI, but I am finding that my period wipes me out for at least a day, every cycle. I get really bad headaches, feel VERY tired and just not 100%. Well, today was that day, so I decided to swop my days around and take it as a rest day. My body obviously needed it.

Friday: 40 minutes easy, cut short to 30 minutes. After rearranging yesterday’s session, I got this one completed early. I have started walking in the mornings with my daughter. We listen to the birds, catch up and walk 2K (The distance of a junior Parkrun course!) We said that eventually we will include some running, but currently we are establishing a routine.

As soon as I got back from the walk, I headed straight out for my run. I didn’t look at my watch, I just tried to keep it easy. The sun was shining. It was chilly but nice. The reason for cutting it short? Well, my trainers gave me a blister whilst I ran on Monday and my blister plaster had slipped off! Ouch!

Saturday: ONE mile time trial! I’m not sure I have ever completed a 1 mile time trial before! I know that I am not good at going all out. My basketball days definitely taught me to try and keep something in reserve for the end of the game.

I had no idea how to pace this. What kind of time I was aiming for, I just know that I didn’t want to start too fast and end up bombing and walking! I did my warm up and to be honest I didn’t feel like my legs had any kind of speed in them. With some positive talk, I set off just to see what would happen. To get faster, you have to run faster! Simple.

I didn’t look at my watch and set off, trying to be sensible. Immediately, my brain was telling me that I was pushing hard enough. I took a quick glance at my watch to see that I was only half a mile in. I kept trying to think of posture and telling myself to pick up my feet, keep my head tall, drive my arms.

A mile felt a VERY long way, but I did it in 8:13. This felt slightly disappointing. I know I have run a mile quicker than this before, but the keyword there is BEFORE. I am not in that shape, so 8:13 is where I am NOW! This just showed me how much my pace had slowed and how much work is needed!

Looking ahead to next weeks plan, I can see that I have the same session again. So all I can do is keep working hard and try and beat that time next week.

Sunday: Rest day. I had serious FOMO as the sun was shining and everyone was post about their long runs. I thought about running SO many times, but a family walk instead happened.

How has your week been?

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