Started to get some miles in this week. I made my first appearance at a club run for over a month for the early lap. These can be notoriously quick, which is normally great and is one of the reasons I was firing on all cylinders before Christmas, but for me it was more about getting some miles in. So while the others all raced off I settled into a nice easy pace, slow enough to ensure I’d be back for the next session. The route is well lit, but not the type of route you want to run on your own, so luckily for me with marathon season about there were a few others running a similar pace to me so I hung off the back of them – perhaps running a little quicker than I planned but was a good test. After three miles my achilles was a little tight but ok so I eased off a bit. For the second session I opted to run with the DLRR Step Up group which is a small group who run about three miles at a gentle pace – this was just right as gave me a chance to natter with a friend!
Swim training on Wednesday with GreenlightPT was great. I can really feel myself improving in the pool now and whereas a few weeks ago I wasn’t getting much rest at the end of each rep (to be honest I was hanging on for dear life!), I’m now getting some which off the same times is great news.
Thursday was one of my most promising runs so far this year. Again, I used the early lap with DLRR to get some miles in but ended up running 8:50 pace with no real pain so I was really pleased with that. As I was only supposed to be doing 7 miles that night, I ran the next 4 mile session at a very easy pace – I figured four fast, four slow was the same as a steady seven…? 😉
Saturday was 8 miles and a really good run averaging at just over 9 minute pace. I stopped a few times to stretch my achilles – I’m still quite conscious of it, but I don’t think it’s actually hurting, I think I’m just sensitive to any twitch or niggle. There was no pain after which is always a good sign but I iced anyway – just to be on the safe side!
I never made it onto the turbo on Sunday – you’ll see why in my next post…
Monday – 7 miles (4 miles steady/3 easy)
Tuesday – Matt Roberts Core DVD
Wednesday – swim session with GreenlightPT
Thursday – 8 miles (4 steady/4 easy)
Friday – rest
Saturday – 8 miles easy/steady
Sunday – nothing…
Miles for the week – 23 miles