It’s been a great week! I am really enjoying this new training plan. As suspected, my original, structured plan of ‘Monday X, Tuesday Y‘ proved to be too rigid for me. So this week, I focussed on getting all the prescribed work-outs in but on days that suited me, and I’ve really loved it! At this optimistic point, I wonder if it might be a plan I can continue for a few more months until I next tackle a road half-marathon. But it’s still early days and you know how flakey I can be!
Saturday: 4 miles fartlekking at 8.57 pace- alternating 1 min fast/2 min recovery.
Sunday: 5 mile hike in the fog at pre-schooler pace.
Monday: 10 mile long run.
One of the downsides of being
vegetarian Ovo-Lacto-Pescatarian is that most of my protein sources double as fibre sources. Let’s say no more. But my nicely planned route got changed a few times to find loos en route. I nearly bailed at mile 2, thinking I’d try again on a less fibrous day, but I stuck it out and had a lovely run. Didn’t push the pace for obvious reasons but really enjoyed my run. Weather was perfect – coldish but sunny!! 10.2 miles at 9.36 pace.
Tuesday: Unexpected rest day
I had some mild shin discomfort today and seeing as I hoped my shin splints days were over, I decided to rest. I’ve recently swapped out my super-cushioned but ugly Nike Vomeros for my less-cushioned but much sexier Saucony Rides. I’ll switch into Ugly Town for the rest of the week.
Wednesday morning: 6 mile tempo run.
No shin pain, so rest day worked. Ugly shoes. The plan was M1 – normal, M2,3,4 – tempo, M5 – normal, M6 – tempo. It worked really well. The three tempo miles, strung together, were okay and on the last tempo mile, I focussed on pumping my arms, not on my tired legs! All in all, 6 miles in 52 mins at 8.39 pace and my 4 tempo miles averaged out at 8.22 pace. Really happy.
Wednesday evening: Yoga. Still dreadful at it, but got some fantastic stretches in for my tired legs! Followed by wine and cheese with some of my bestest girls!
Friday: 4 miles fartlekking A repeat of Saturday’s workout. Roughly same pace.
Once again, kick boxing fell by the wayside. I’m not totally surprised, I’m a little daunted and intimidated by the prospect of turning up the first time, so it was easy to find an excuse to swap it for another run. Oh well – there’s next week. Running does take priority.
And…you didn’t think you’d get away without a Halloween photo did you? May I present my son, the cheese.