Training – 1/05/17 – 7/05/17

This week started with a holiday and was full of pretty spectacular summer weather. It was also the start of a new month and marked nine weeks until I head off on holiday so it was with a fresh set of motivation pants on that I faced this week.

Monday 1st May

Today was a holiday which meant I could run during the day and still be home in time to do normal people things like relax, watch TV and eat dinner not at 9pm (although most of these things didn’t happen as I got stuck in about the garden when I got back). Today I ran 10k through the trails. It was the first really warm day of running that I’ve had since last summer, so it felt great, but also took some getting used to!

As you can see, I started out too fast and this hindered me in the rest of the run. Also, this shows only 5.2 miles because I hit the wrong button on my watch and started the first mile as a cycle…😐 anyway, my total time was around 52 mins and I was quite happy with this given that I ran on the trails the full way; a change I am still getting used to.
Tuesday 2nd May

Back to work today and back to focusing on my nutrition – spinach, bacon, eggs and tomatoes for breakfast, smoothie and yogurt for lunch and chilli burrito for dinner. I had snacks too throughout the day and when I got back from bootcamp tonight. Found that I had a headache by about half seven but putting this down to having less carbs than usual! Tonight’s training was bootcamp at the gym and it was a great session. Quite a bit of running involved with different stops around Auchinleck to do body conditioning exercises. Really enjoyed it.

Wednesday 3rd May

Headed to the track tonight to do some intervals. Decided to do 10 one minute intervals with one minute recovery and found it surprisingly enjoyable. Usually I am not a fan of intervals and can find it hard to push myself if I am on my own. Ran a total of three miles including to and from the track and was chuffed with a best pace at one point of 5:14/mile. Assuming that happened for literally a milli second, but at least it is there 😝

Thursday 4th May

Thursday is my usual PT day and is a busy evening afterwards so usually I don’t run. My PT was good tonight – focussed a lot of strengthening my legs and core. I find doing this is slowly but surely helping my running. I recover faster and don’t get injured as much as I used to. 

Friday 5th May

Had a rest day today as I was feeling tired and had heavy legs. I had trained pretty hard every day since Sunday and planned a long run for the Saturday so wanted to make sure I was fresh! Went a walk in the sun with the dog to keep my legs nice and loose. 

Saturday 7th May

Today was my first long run (double digits anyway) in a while and it felt really great. I ran off road for about 90% of the run so I am feeling pretty happy with my time. This run took me through Dumfries Estate where there are loads of lovely little paths for running. I headed out towards Ochiltree and did some 3 reps on the bing on the way out at a slow and steady pace. On the way home I met a man who had run 5/6 marathons and he gave me some good training advice – he was an advocate of hills so I felt glad to tell him I had put in my reps that morning. Came home and stretched and iced my feet and ankles in a cold bath – never gets pleasurable!
Sunday 7th May

A rest day! Walked the pup to get ice cream and found the shop was shut – disaster!

All in all I am quite happy with my training this week. As always there are areas I want to work on and improve, but I am seeing slow and steady improvements in my running. Time will tell! 

Pic a day – 23rd Feb

I found this picture on the Twitter of one of the race organisers for the Glentress half on Saturday. I am super excited for it but also very nervous!!

This is my first trail half marathon so it was always going to be a challenge, however, looking at the weather forecast (which looks very very wet) and seeing what the conditions are like there currently, I think it is going to be even more challenging.

Don’t get me wrong though, I cannot wait to get going. It’s going to be quite an adventure! Looking forward to getting home after work tomorrow and getting all my kit set out and ready to go.

Treadmill miles and no smiles

Tonight I took to the treadmill hoping for four or five miles, but managed three.

I hate the treadmill – I see these amazing runners who can take their runs indoors for certain circumstances and run for hours on the treadmill because they have to. But I can’t!

Tonight it was horrendously rainy and windy here and I was feeling a niggle in my right ankle and leg. I wanted to keep my run relatively short and also be close to home in case my leg got worse and I had to hobble home in the rain. Enter treadmill.

I tried what I could to make it more enticing. I brought my iPad to watch Netflix on. I told myself I would be faster as the treadmill pulled me along. But, every .1 of a mile seemed like a marathon in itself.

I finished 22 and a half minutes later with a still sore leg and a bored mind.

The Crown (which I’ve started watching on Netflix) is dead good though 🙂

86.8/1000 – Scary Dug Field and beyond

Saturday saw me clock up another 10 miles in preparation for the Glentress half marathon at the end of the month. 

I’d had a busy day and so couldn’t get the time to fit in anything longer, so I headed out for a steady 10 with Johnnie, who I’ll be running Glentress with.

We both decided early on that we were going to take it slow and not worry about pace and I am so glad I did. I really enjoyed the run; I hadn’t seen Johnnie in a while and it was a lovely way to catch up with him while getting some time in the legs.

We ran down Dumfries estate out towards what is called Scary Dug Field (SDF) as there is a mental collie that stays there which will literally herd you out of the field. I love dogs, but I am genuinely afraid of this one and when it ran at us on Saturday, I did the incredibly brave thing of pushing Johnnie in front of me and hiding behind him. After SDF, we ran through some more fields up into Auchinleck estate and round the gorge, before heading the same route home.

It was a properly mixed terrain training run, with road, fields, trail and some slippy, slippy mud. Although our pace was relatively slow and steady throughout, there were points on the stretches of road where we were hitting around 7.20/mile pace pretty effortlessly, which was very encouraging.

By the end of the run, I still felt fresh and like I could have continued running further. It told me that I have the stamina to push to go a little faster in the half marathon and the stamina and endurance to run the distance – fingers crossed!