So, as I said on Wednesday, this week was the start of Buckling Down – the last 32 days before the SF Half Marathon, where I would love to PR. I’d had two easy weeks – shorter mileage, no pressure, stopping to take photos. It was fab. But now, it was time to start training.
Tuesday – 11.4 miles
I meant to run 10 miles, alternating normal/fast miles. That worked beautifully for the first seven miles, maybe eight. My splits were nice, running was lovely, I’m going to crush SF. And then it wasn’t nice, the last few miles were very hilly, it got very hot….you can imagine the fun. It was a (much needed) reminder that I can hand-write all the training plans I want, and stick them on my fridge, but it’s not going to be fun and games all the time. The death march also went on longer than I’d anticipated! Darn! 11.4 miles in 1.42 at 8.59 pace.
My legs were tired ALL DAY!
Thursday – 6 miles tempo
Oooh, several new things today. 1) Rain in May. 2) A new route. 3) A new workout. I aimed to do 2 sets of ‘1 mile normal speed, 2 miles fast’. So that’s what I did. It was unsuprisingly quite hard – that second fast mile was tough, both times round. But I pushed on, repeating Page’s mantra of ‘Baby or Warrior’ which I LOVED and somehow did my fastest ever 6 miles. 6 miles in 51. 56 at 8.38!!
In other running news…if you need a new running blog to follow and a new running heroine, I’ve just found this blog – Zoe Goes Running. She’s going to run the entire Tour de France route. Running, cycling, France and TdF in one blog? It’s my idea of heaven.
Also, the Husband read an article which recommended foam rolling for his Achilles Tendonitis. So he asked me to go to a running shop and buy one. With pleasure, my love. I have NEVER foam rolled, although it seems like an obsession with other runners. I am a little dubious, have to be honest.
So now we’re the proud owners of a very orange rolling thing. The Dude and the cat are fascinated. The cat is excited it’s the same colour as he is. And it already has some Christmas tree stickers on it!
Yay or nay for rolling?? What should I roll?
I also made the mistake of going into Lululemon and trying on the running skirt with the ruffles. My word, it’s gorgeous, I felt like a total fox. But I can’t stand Lululemon. What to do? Ethics or ruffles??? Aaaagh.