Yes I am still running, but ramping up the miles means less time to blog!
Last week saw me take the training plan shred it in to four pieces and put back together again! Not such much as adjusting more like rebuilding!
I decided not to run the scheduled 9 mile run on Tuesday but to rest my legs for the club 5k handicap on the Wednesday.
The club holds the handicap once a month. I don’t usually go in the winter as it is 3 laps in town and that does not appeal. I do try to get to the summer route though, which is on country lanes. It consists of a big loop, approx 1 mile up, 1 mile flat and 1 mile down. The last three recorded times are used and a handicap issued. It is usually a good evening with plenty of chatter at the start and in theory with us all finishing at the same time, it’s a great chance for the less speedy to win! Since training for the Ultra has started I have not done any speedwork, no tempo runs, no fartlek, no hill work, just miles, miles and more miles so I did not have any hope that I would get a better time, but I knew I would give it a go. I love the staggered start and spend my time chasing the person in front determined to get them. Well this week I passed a few and managed to get a 5k PB, 24:46 my first sub 25 time. Shocked and elated. Just when I think I can’t go any faster, I manage it, just goes to show miles help speed also and this old body has more to give. Thank you little legs.
Thursdays 9 mile run was split in two, as the car needed to go in to the garage to be fixed.
Saturdays long run was split in three, 10 miles Friday morning, three mile parkrun on Saturday followed by a 3 mile run with Madam in the afternoon
This was not an ideal week of training, but I got the miles in as well as I could.
I was asked recently how the body was holding up, happy to report that, actually its not doing too bad (touching wood, crossing fingers, toes etc) but getting up at 4 am on Sunday makes me very tired, but on the upside at least I got to see this
and as is quite often the case had the best weather of the day.