This week was Distance Week. Long Run week. Three long runs in 6 days. Maybe unwise but so far, so good. I missed Week 9’s long run so I’d run those 12 miles on Tuesday. I’d run Week’s 10’s 14-mile long run on Friday and then today (Monday), I’ll run Week 11’s long run, also 14 miles, before I head to the UK on Tuesday. Not ideal but let’s give it a shot!
Monday: 14. 7 Bike Ride
This was technically a rest day but I seized the opportunity to do my first decent bike ride for a couple of years actually. I dropped the Dude at school, drove up to Canada Road (a road hugely popular with local cyclists), unloaded Liesl and set out. I was surprisingly nervous, mainly of getting a mechanical issue and not getting back for the Dude on time. It was pretty cold, about 5 C/41 F so I wrapped up warm and set off.
It was a lot of fun. I thought it would be about 10 miles each way to the town of Woodside where I promised myself a coffee and a cake at the little cafe there but turned out to be about 7.5 miles each way – so hardly an epic ride. But it went smoothly and I found myself relaxing back into the rhythm of cycling. The ride back to the car was a little warmer and I got back buzzing and happy. 14.7 miles at 11.6 mph. Speedy, eh? JK.
Tuesday: Long Run 1
Plugged on my audio book and ran 12 miles in the surprisingly warm sunshine. After a mile warm-up, I ran each mile with 1/4 mile ‘tempo’ and 3/4 mile recovery. Fairly uneventful but got it done. 12.07 miles at 9.25 pace.
Wednesday: Easy run
Easy run. Should have done 6 miles but I needed to be home for 6.45 and I couldn’t get myself out the door before 6am. 4.7 miles at 9.36 pace.
Thursday: Abs Class
Technically a rest day but in the evening I decided to do an abs class as I haven’t been to the gym for 2 weeks and I felt guilty. 30 minutes of abs, that wouldn’t hurt would it? Alas, the woman nearly killed me. Everything was burning within the first five minutes. I dreaded to think of the agony I’d wake up to.
Friday: Long Run 2.
Surprisingly, the only pain this morning was in my arms. So I set out on 14 miles. 14 miles is a LONG way. Same thing – warm up and then 13 x (0.25 mile fast, 0.75 mile recovery). My definition of ‘fast’ was slower than usual but I finished my audiobook and felt pretty decent at the end. I felt pretty ropey an hour later as I seized up. 14.4 miles at 9.44 pace.
Saturday: 7 mile bike ride
Today we tried geocaching for the first time. It turns out that there are lots of caches around where we live, so we got on the bikes and set off. It was a LOAD of fun. We couldn’t find the first two caches, which was depressing but there was much jubilation when we found number three. All in all, we managed to find five caches, had lunch out, climbed UNDER a bridge in search of something we didn’t find and notched up seven miles of cycling without a single grumble from the Dude! Success. New family hobby.
Sunday: 4.5 mile bike ride
I meant to do a short easy run today but it never happened. Instead, we went out geocaching again. 4.5 very easy, fun cycled miles with much stopping to delve under bridges and clamber through trees. I’m convinced we’ll find a body one day, doing this.
I’m pretty happy with 31 miles this week and I’m not dreading Monday’s long run either. And bearing in mind that I technically didn’t have a rest day this week, I feel pretty fresh. I don’t feel fast though. There’s been no speed work this week apart from the faster sections of my long runs and I feel a little sluggish.
The cross-training has been good, the cycling especially. I know that it was all fairly low-key but I really enjoyed my time on the bike.
Mentally, I’m a little fed up with the running. I think it’s more to do with running the same routes and same streets a LOT over the past month or two. Some new roads would be nice…and some trails would be perfection! (Name that Friends episode we re-watched on Netflix).
However, new roads and maybe some trails are in my near future as I leave my boys this Tuesday and head to the UK for 5 days. I’m going for a funeral but I am still very excited about seeing the parents and my family.
But first…my final long run beckons!!