So once again, I’m training for a 10k.
On Christmas Eve, the Husband went to sleep at 9.30pm, so I got fast and loose with my credit card and signed up for a 10k (the Bay Breeze 10k) and a half-marathon (Hellyer). That’ll teach him to stay awake!
My goal is under 52 minutes. Until this week, I was fairly confident I could do it, given my last 10k training cycle. However this week has been humbling!! I’m not in the shape I was in the Autumn! I’ve got 6 weeks to train, including this week so I’ve cracked on with the training. It looked a bit like this.
Saturday: 13 mile long run
13 lovely trail miles in the sunshine with Jen. Twisted ankle again on the trails but powered through. Grrrr.
Tuesday: 4 mile interval training
My ankle felt much better, it recovered so much faster this time, so I got back on the old fartlek wagon. 0.5 mile warm up. 12 x (1 min fast, 1 min recovery), 0.5 mile cool down. Felt okay!! In retrospect, it probably means I should have worked harder.
Wednesday: 3 mile stroller trail run
We welcomed the New Year with a 3 mile family trail run along with Juli and her family. We started along Skyline Trail, which is relatively flat. Unfortunately, it’s also VERY narrow with a drop-off on one side and it got a little scary for Juli’s husband and their double-stroller. So we headed back and tried out another trail in a new park, El Corte de Madera. Much wider and nicer. We definitely need to go back and explore this new park. Today’s run was very slow, with a lot of stopping, but we laughed so hard and the kids ran at least a mile, if not more!
Later that day, the Dude started riding his bike without stabilisers. Seriously, it was incredible, we were SO excited. I’ve been trying to explain to him what a wonderful world opens up when you can cycle – I am so very excited about spending the summer on wheels with my boys!!
Thursday: Random bits
– 1.5 mile running in circles round the car-park with the Dude cycling. I was so glad I was a runner today as I ran round endlessly with him. I was grateful for every training run that meant I could keep up.
– 2 miles cycling in circles round the car-park with the Dude. Rough distances, of course, but feels about right.
– 4 miles walking on the treadmill. I’m going to try and walk for an hour every evening on the days I don’t run.
Friday: 6 mile tempo run
This was where it got humbling. I ran the 6 miles in 54.09 (av pace 9.01). I ran M1 warm-up, M2 & 3 tempo, M4 recovery, M5 & 6 tempo. My tempo miles averaged an 8.40 pace. Compare that to week one of my Berkeley 10k training, where my tempo miles averaged 8.20!!! That week, I also ran a stroller 5k with an 8.36 pace. This was such a wake-up call that I need to put some serious training in if I want to get that PR. It’s not going to gift-wrap itself and put it in my stocking!
And that, my friends, was week one!