Week 2 is over – I’m still not following my plan as I still don’t feel my achilles has healed enough to push it. So I’ve gone for the little and often route, along with some cross training. That way, I get a fair few miles in and still keep my fitness up.
The swim training was great. It was the first proper swim session I’ve been to for years – it hurt like hell, but I can’t wait to go again next week. During the sessions the sets added up to 2350m so getting some mileage in in the pool wont do any harm, plus will also help with another challenge I have in mind! 😉
The actual running this week has been a bit quicker than the previous week. I’m still working hard to keep it quite slow, but it’s harder than you think! After keeping it relatively slow on the weekdays I did run a bit quicker on Saturday morning – averaged about 9:19 a mile which is quick in comparison with the rest of the last two weeks. I had no reaction to this and nearly carried on for another couple of miles but resisted the temptation and came home. This gave me the confidence to go on the DLRR club run today.
The run route was 10 miles although with loopbacks the quicker guys probably got 14/15 miles. The route crosses the top of Campbell Park near CMK which meant the chance to bail out at 7 miles and cut through the park back to DL. Campbell Park is a lovely park and one of the highest points in MK. From the belvedere the park snakes downhill towards the canal and today in the freezing temperatures it looked awesome with views across Willen Lake and out towards Bedfordshire and beyond.
I only really wanted to run 8 miles as I felt 10 would be a bit too far so this presented the ideal opportunity to cut the run short. As it was I managed to run 8.2 miles at 9:45 min pace – I was planning between 9:30 and 10 to be on the safe side and that was spot on. I did feel my achilles aching a bit between 6 and 7 miles but that coincided with along uphill drag. It was hard been out with the group seeing most of my running mates running away from me, it would have been so easy to up a few gears and go with them, but probably would have set me back at least a few weeks and at this stage I could do without that. I’m not panicking yet, still 14 weeks to go…
Monday – slow 3.1 miles
Tuesday – rest
Wednesday – swim session with GreenlightPT
Thursday – slowish 3.5 miles
Friday – rest
Saturday – 4 mile
Sunday – long slow run 8.2 miles
Miles for the week – 18.8 miles