Last week was different in that I went back to the UK for a few days. It was utterly delightful to be home, even for a sad reason. I flew on Tuesday night and got back to California on Sunday evening. Five days without my little man. I got lots of cuddles last night.
In terms of training, it impacted my Kaiser training to some degree. I got my long run in before I left and managed to run on 2 of the 3 full days I was in the UK but I didn’t do any speed work which was really what I needed to do. But that’s life, sometimes.
Monday: Long Run
This week’s long run was 14 miles with a ‘fast finish’. (Ha). The first 12 miles were roughly 10 minute miles and the final two miles came in at 8.51 and 8.59 which I was quite happy with actually. 14 miles at 9.39 pace.
Tuesday: Recovery run
4.5 very easy miles before getting on a plane. 10.04 pace.
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday: Hill repeats and easy run
I ran 10 repeats up and down Mum and Dad’s hilly road before cruising round the village checking out my favourite spots. Had to change my route when my little path turned into a sea of mud.
Friday: 3.7 mile hike
I wanted to run today but we were all a little drained so we went for a lovely family hike. Dad steered us onto a bridle path that I’ve been meaning to hunt out for years so that was great. Lots of thatched cottages, lots of ivy-strewn trees and an 11th century church. Pretty great.
Saturday: Easy Run
6 chilly miles in the afternoon at 9.54 pace.
Sunday: Rest Day as I flew home.
In terms of running, it wasn’t a great week but obviously as I said earlier, that’s life. It was good to be home and good to run some different streets. I mentioned last week that I was fed up with the same old streets and there was a lot of agreement in the comments, so just running elsewhere was delightful. I had forgotten how hard it is to run in cold weather – not so much the actual running as the psyching up beforehand to get out the door. I wore a LOT of clothes running and let’s just say I didn’t look chic and elegant!
This week, I have one mega-long run on Friday and I’ll be focussing on speed work. I’m aiming to get some intervals and a decent tempo run in, as well as some foundation runs. This is my last big week training before Kaiser. My training cycle has definitely not been perfect, far from it, but I’m starting to think about the race itself and get excited!
And finally, L’Equipe newspaper has done a 25 minute film about Anton Krupicka, which is definitely worth seeing. A lot of it is in French but even if your French n’existe pas, the pictures are VERY pretty. Click HERE to watch. Enjoy.