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Busy, busy, busy

Why is it that life gets in the way so often? Unfortunately, this blog is one of the first things to go when I am pushed for time. Not the running – that will be almost the last thing! (Feeding my children will probably be last.) Behind the scenes I have been very busy organising fundraising events as well as keeping up with my training. I have quite a few posts coming up so keep tuned but today’s post is about my training.

Dare I say it? I think it is going quite well.

My work in the gym is paying off and I am definitely getting stronger. I am now doing squats with a 20 kg weight. That is nearly one-third of my body weight! I am celebrating.

I am sticking with the yoga. Whether I am improving is harder to say but I am definitely enjoying the deep stretching along with the time out (Adriene calls it a rest for the brain!).

I think that I am getting fitter re my running but that is hard to say. Yesterday I ran 14 miles. It was hard towards the end but I did it :).

My biggest problem is where to go to keep my runs interesting. A week ago yesterday I think I was more stressed about where to go than the actual run itself; road, trail or a mixture. If I did a mixture what shoes to wear (trail or road). The weather was on the cool side. The ground was partly frozen but not completely so I knew that I would get muddy.

In the end I just went for it. I had a bit of a plan but nothing set in stone – I had definitely not measured out a distance. I did a mixture of everything. Here is my run in photographs:

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A wooded area

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I live near a ‘dyke’ – a raised bit of land.

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A muddy bridle path

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A not so muddy bridle path

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A cycle path

So you see – a bit of everything. Being mainly off-road this was quite a slow, tough run but all good for building strength in my legs. I even found some ‘hills’ which for me is a real novelty. I went exploring and found new paths , worried that I was trespassing and generally following my nose. These are the best type of runs.

How do you keep repetative tasks interesting?

What activities are the ones that are the last ones you drop?

 

 

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A good end to week 6

I biked to work on Thursday. It was cold and frosty on the way there but on the way home bright and sunny. Perfect conditions for being outdoors.

Despite having a hill session planned for Friday night I also biked to work on Friday. My eldest has been desperate to bike with me. Friday’s he has triathlon club and so needs to take his bike. It was the last day of term so I decided that it would be as good a day as any for us to do it. It was another cold morning which unfortunately didn’t get much better as the day went on.

Hills

Having biked up the hill we planned on running up I was really not feeling it Friday night. I was tired after working extra hours this week, including 2 evenings but I knew that once I got out I would feel better. It was cold but after running up the first hill I was soon nice and warm! We ran up and down 2 hills. 1 short and steep and the other slightly longer but still steep!

I felt quite strong and almost enjoyed it! Hills strengthen your legs and help you to keep a good form. They were certainly tough but once I got home  and checked my stats I was really pleased. My hill ‘sprints’ were all sub 9 min mile pace. Again, pleased with that and even felt quite strong. 🙂

Long run

Today was the dreaded LSR (long slow run). Twelve miles was on the plan. Twelve miles was what we did. 12 hilly(ish) miles in the lovely sunshine although fairly cold and windy. 12 miles in 1.59 minutes. Due to some technical issues (I started my watch on biking) it says that I ran 11.47 miles at an average pace of 9.51. Again pleased with that. My heart rate figures are ok as well – average of 137.

Currently I am enjoying my running and feel that I am making progress. Whether I shall stay enjoying it as the miles start to increase remains to be seen. Next week is a quieter week with my plan giving less miles to cover which is great as it is half term here so I shall be out and about with my boys. I should make running club though which I am looking forward to.

A little bit of bragging

On Thursday it was an out and back session at the club. The key to this is all about pacing. You run for 20mins in one direction and then turn around and aim to get back to the start in under 20 minutes i.e. faster than when you went out. It is really clever as the fast people get further and then have to run further back. In principle this means that there isn’t much over taking, always good for the confidence.

It worked. We set out at a nice steady pace and I was pleasantly surprised by how far we covered in the 20 minutes. I felt good and so began to speed up on the return journey. I hope that you don’t think that I am bragging if I tell you that I got back 2 whole minutes faster than I went out. I was so pleased. Yes, some would say that I set out too slowly but when I looked at my stats I got faster with each mile that passed:

9.07

9.04

8.40

8.34

(all in minute miles). Really happy with that.

 

Friday

Friday was indeed as windy as they had warned so I was really pleased that I hadn’t left the biking to do. It was really quite blustery (although nowhere near as bad as other places) but enough to really think that running my planned 10 miles was a bit mad. I attempted to get out of it by sending  a couple of texts to my comrade but to no avail. She simply replied in a joking way. I asked another friend to help motivate me and her response was don’t do it. That had the desired effect. Off I went.

It wasn’t easy at all and there were 2 miles at the beginning that were really tough going, a long uphill stretch that was straight into a head wind, strong enough to make us feel as if we were standing still. We eventually made it and were delighted to see that we had managed to move faster than we imagined. Our legs really felt it however.

 

Once we had finished it felt really good to have done our long run before tea on a Friday. The bonus being that we had run 10 miles at an average pace of 9.48. Really pleased with that too. I think the term is smug pants all the way. 🙂

I slept very, very well last night (nearly 11 hours!) and have a lovely relaxing day with no running or biking. Just a bit of walking. Gym tomorrow.

Have a lovely weekend one and all.