Still running

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

Sunday-20 miles

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 IMG_0565

and as is quite often the case had the best weather of the day.

About shazruns

I have been running since 2004 when I decided to do the Race for Life, as a close friend was terminally ill with cancer. Following that I did a couple of 10km at Leeds castle and Sandringham. Then in 2005 ran my first London marathon, then another in 2007 in blistering temperatures. I have entered the London marathon every year since but have been rejected, am now find maintaining my fitness & motivation hard, so when the email came through about Janathon I thought why not! Am hoping this helps with fitness, motivation and weight loss!! Wish me luck!
This entry was posted in parkrun, Photography, Running, Training for an Ultra and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Still running

  1. I’m so glad you put that plan back together Shaz. You can do this ultra thing, I know you can. Very well done on the sub 25 minute PB! That is amazing with all that distance going on for you. Good to hear that you’re holding up so well. Very well done on all the training, massive stuff going on but will pay off on the day when you cross that finish line!!!

  2. CeeJayKay says:

    Wow! You go girl!!!! Much respect! XxxX

  3. onthelamb says:

    it’s incredible how the added mileage eats up so much time, even when it’s pre-dawn! Keep going!

  4. mawil1 says:

    Congratulations on the 5k PB! What a bonus! I really respect you getting up at 4 am on a Sunday. You deserve every success!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.