Bay Breeze Training…week 4

At the end of last week, my entire family were struck down with the lurgy. Basically we all got nasty colds, but I lost my voice as well. My family rejoiced!

Friday: 12 mile long run.

I was still feeling pretty good at this point, even though I couldn’t speak. 12.2 hilly miles in 2.10 at 10.39, which I was really happy with. My legs were tired afterwards!

It is too early for you to be out, blossom. Be gone for a few more weeks!

It is too early for you to be out, blossom. Be gone for a few more weeks!

Saturday: Rest Day. On the sofa, feeling poorly.

Sunday: 4 miles easy 4 mile easy bike ride

I felt rough on Sunday. So rough. So I sat on the sofa for most of it, and went out for a very nice little family bike ride in the afternoon, which made me feel much happier.

Monday: 6 miles tempo

Resolve renewed and now able to breathe better, I ran this week’s tempo run at Sawyer Camp Trail, a paved trail near a reservoir. It seems flat but there is actually a gentle downhill gradient for the first three miles and thus a gentle uphill gradient for the last three miles. I warmed up for a mile and then ran 4 tempo miles, finishing with a recovery mile. I went out too fast and had to stop at the turnaround point for a minute to catch my breath. I felt fine, but I need to learn to pace myself better, I don’t want to have to do this in a race! My tempo mile average speed is 8.07 but the data on this run feels VERY suspect…mile-markers on the trail didn’t correspond to those on my watch and the splits feel too fast for what felt like a somewhat lumbering run. But the main take-out is that I worked hard and I got some decent splits, whatever they were in reality.

Ran at beautiful Sawyer Camp Trail today!

Ran at beautiful Sawyer Camp Trail today!

Tuesday: 2.7 miles easy

Just wanted to try out the new shoes. All good.

Wednesday: 4 miles Intervals.

My usual workout – 1/2 mile warm up, 12 x (1m fast, 1 m recovery), remainder recovery. Wore the new shoes and my feet felt a little numb by the end which concerns me a little. Maybe I laced them too tight? Average pace – 8.38.

All proper bloggers post photos like this. I haven't done one for ages!

All proper bloggers post photos like this. I haven’t done one for ages!

No yoga as the Husband was away this week.

Thursday: Rest day.

In other news, I finally got to meet Naomi this week – another running blogger from my town. We’ve meant to meet up in the past and never managed it, but she got the world’s cutest puppy and I was over straight away! I’m a cat girl but oh my word, that puppy is gorgeous!! (Naomi was lovely too!) 🙂

So there we are. Two weeks out from Bay Breeze! More rest days that I intended due to aforementioned lurgy but it feels like everything is on track at the moment!

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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6 Responses to Bay Breeze Training…week 4

  1. Bean says:

    Being sick is the worst. Hope everyone is feeling better! Numbness can be a sign that the shoes are too tights. Do you feel like you have enough room in the toes and on the sides- are they wide enough. Saucony’s tend to be a bit narrow. I find it curious they put you in a stability shoe for ankle weakness? Do your ankles roll inward then? SO many questions- this is what happens when you work at a running store.

    • Cathryn says:

      You and your expertise 😉 Wish I was near you so you could fit me for shoes!
      Yeah, I think they were too tight, I’ll loosen them and see. Sauconys are narrow but I quite like a snug toe box because my right leg does roll around a little (that’s how I got shin splints last year in a wider toe-box shoe). I think they’re settling-in pains which will hopefully go away.

  2. Jen says:

    I heard recently that foot numbness could also be caused by landing on one side a bit differently than the other. So my question is – are you only feeling numbness in one foot or both feet? If it’s both, I’d agree with Bean that the shoes are too tight, but if it’s just one, I’d focus on your gait and landing during a easy jog and see if you have any issues.

  3. Amy says:

    Glad you are feeling better! The one time I had numbness in my feet, it was caused by hip/IT band tightness, but I imagine something like that could be caused by a wide variety of issues, especially if you are getting used to new shoes. Are you heading into taper mode now?

    • Cathryn says:

      Nothing to really taper for…I’m not planning to taper for the 10k in Feb except maybe two rest days beforehand. I’m fairly sure the numbness was new-shoe-related, so I’ve loosened the laces and we’ll see how they run tomorrow.

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