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.
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.
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!
Hope you all had good weekends!!