Speeding up the long run!

This weekend, I wanted to start working on pace for my long run. When I was training for Healdsburg, I started alternating normal-speed miles with faster-speed miles and it worked really well. I wanted to reintroduce this somewhat home-made training strategy.

After a lazy Saturday, I was up and out at 6.30am on Sunday morning. It was cool…my hands were cold for a few miles, but it was much warmer by the time I got home!! I ran through residential suburban streets, nothing very exciting. The best thing was the smell of jasmine from gardens along the way. I LOVE early morning jasmine runs, I look forward to this time of year so much.

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Good morning, Jasmine

I took a gel at mile 6 and I think that helped. I was trying out a different brand (Hammer Gel) and a different flavour (apple cinnamon) inspired by Angela a few weeks ago. I was disappointed that it basically wasn’t just apple sauce which I think I was expecting but the Hammer Gel def seemed to work well – my last four miles were all under 9.00, even at the end of the run.

My mile splits. I don’t always post them but I find them really interesting today.

1…   9.28

2…   8.23

3…   9.05

4…   8.52

5…   9.03

6…   8.20

7…   8.54

8…   8.23

9…   8.50

10…   8.27

The one error I did make was, post-run, wearing heels to church. I felt great but OH MY WORD, my legs hurt!

And a few shots from the rest of the weekend!

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Trying on dresses with Jenny at Macy’s

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Can’t tell you how much this Stay At Home Mum wanted to buy this dress

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Child-in-a-box

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Okay, so we all officially dress like mums these days.

Hope you all had good weekends!!

About Cathryn

I'm from Wiltshire, a beautiful rural county in the south of England. My husband, son and I moved to California in August 2010 with my husband's job, whilst I stay at home with The Dude, our gorgeous five year old son. I love running and cycling. I'm a Christian. I am finally learning to cook (about time too). I'm loving exploring this new part of the world and meeting its wonderful people.
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3 Responses to Speeding up the long run!

  1. Nic J says:

    That’s the most random collection of photos – beautiful dress, beautiful dress, child in a box, collection of stripy tops at a BBQ.Perfect way to start my Monday!
    And nice work on the time trial action – I need to do the same! x

  2. Pingback: A week in my shoes – 19th April | My Heart's Content

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