This was the first week of ‘proper’ training after easing myself in over the last four weeks and all in all seemed to go according to plan. The weather is playing havoc with the cross training (or lack of) but despite the cold snap all run sessions have been completed (mostly!) according to plan.
Tuesday’s speed session wasn’t as quick as it should be but I blame the cold weather, and even though I don’t mind running in the cold, I had to cut the session short. The tempo run on Thursday was well under target which was good in that I ran a lot quicker than I have done to date but also made me realise how reliant on the Garmin I had become! It had run out of juice so I had to run with my trusty Timex and guess how quickly I was running per mile.
The long run on Saturday was tough but confidence building. This was the longest I’d run for nearly four years so it was a bit of a step into the unknown. The temperature on Saturday wasn’t due to get above zero all day so I waited until lunchtime to run in the hope it was a bit warmer, but with several light layers on I wasn’t too cold at all. The first six miles flew by and although I had a couple of stops for gels and calf stretches felt pretty good. The next 2-3 miles were quite tough, partly because it was a new route and I wasn’t entirely sure where I was – running on redways in MK has that effect on you! The last three miles were not too bad – it was much colder as I ran along the river back into the countryside.
I was expecting some aches and pains but my PF wasn’t too bad at all the only niggle was a burning sensation in the ball of my foot. Didn’t start until the 8 mile mark so I’m assuming it’s mileage related but will do some internet diagnosis in the week just to be sure! It was tough, but I secretly enjoyed every mile and am looking forward to 14 miles next weekend – I think!