Not a bad week overall. Still carrying the last legs of the cold – just an annoying cough left, but on its way out…
My legs still felt quite heavy from the MK Half so on Tuesday decided not to do the hill reps and went for a 6 mile slow jog to get the legs moving again. The lighter evenings meant I managed to get most of the miles done on different roads and only had to do two circuits of the village to get the distance in – good job as I was starting to get pretty dizzy with running around in circles!
The 7 mile tempo run on Thursday wasn’t as fast as it probably should have been, but was still quick enough – just on the hour mark so not so bad.
I finally managed to get my 16 mile long run completed today. It’s been on the training plan for four weeks now but for various reasons just hasn’t happened, so this morning, got up nice and early, bit of breakfast, decided on my route and off I went. It was a truly beautiful morning – sun shining, not too hot, slight breeze – not had many of these lately. No gloves, hat or long sleeve shirt, it was complete contrast to the week before when I finished the MK Half in the snow. I also wanted to get out and back before the Silverstone Half started as my route took in some of roads near the circuit and I knew they’d be busy in the lead up to the race.
I really enjoyed it too – never thought I’d say that about running 16 miles, but once I got past the initial couple of miles (they’re always horrible!) I felt really good. I deliberately tried to run it slowly as it was the furthest I’d ever run but by the end I felt quite strong and put in a couple of quicker miles just to see how it went. What was quite reassuring is that even at the end of the 16, I felt as if I could have happily done a few more. I resisted the urge though as I don’t think I would have gained much from it and just exposed myself to injury, but it has done wonders for the confidence. 18 next week…. 🙂