Holy moly, this is the end of week 5 of my training plan, which means that the Loch Ness Marathon is only 11 weeks away! That means I’m almost a third of the way through the plan 😳
The training has stepped up this week. Not massively, but up until now it’s been lots of steady runs. This week included the first speed session in the plan. But before we get to that, I’ve been travelling this week, which meant that Tuesday’s easy run was done in Darlington.
We were due to leave Darlington at 7.30am to drive to Leeds, so that meant getting up at 5am to get my run in. It was a little damp, but very quiet as you’d expect at that time of day.
A little bit of searching on Strava showed that my hotel was pretty near the Darlington Parkrun course. Perfect! I managed a soggy 4 miles, which included a loop of the course (they run it three times to get to 5k), followed by a delicious hotel breakfast. Ideal!
Now, about that speed session. My legs are still sore today! The plan was 10 x 400m at 1:42 per interval, with 200m recoveries, then the session finished off with 3 x 200m with 200m recoveries. These are designed to build a fast finish apparently.
The hardest thing about doing 10 intervals is always the first couple. There are just so many still ahead of you, it plays on your mind. I’ve learned over the years just to focus on one at a time, don’t think ahead. Just count them down and before you know it they’re done. I hit the numbers (well actually I made sure that I did each one in the 1:30s!), then pushed it on the 200s. I really enjoyed the session, despite the pain I’ve been in the past couple of days (just my quads adapting to the intensity of the effort).
For yesterday’s easy run I got out into the countryside, travelling to Monikie Country Park, near Dundee. It was lovely to run off-road around the reservoir, then do my Form Drills on the grass. A pleasant change from pounding the pavements! As you can see from the photos below it was a beautiful day.
Today was the big one. At 14 miles, it would be the longest run I’d done since 2015, and I knew I was going to be doing it on tired legs. I won’t lie, it was a slog, and as I write this my legs are pretty sore. More stretching shortly, and a protein shake before bed should help.
The main thought I was left with at the end of today’s run, was that in 11 weeks I need to be able to add on another 12.2 miles, and ideally run the whole lot 30 seconds per mile faster. Kind of a daunting prospect if truth be told, but that’s where my new book comes in! I’ll be reading this baby on holiday:
This week in numbers:
- Miles run: 32.2
- Time on my feet: 4:53:34
- Hotel breakfasts: 1