Thanks rodeoflip, though I can't claim to be positive all of the time. I do try, though. By the time I achieve a GFA I'll probably be 90
Just a quick update as I'm off to the airport shortly. Really looking forward to being reunited with my family. My young son has told me that the public are allowed access to a 400m running track just over the road from my flat, so hopefully I'll get in a couple of speed sessions while I'm away.
On Tuesday I ran my LT session and that showed a good improvement in pace to tick all the boxes for me. better still, I ran another 11m MLR yesterday and showed another 15 seconds-per-mile improvement in pace.
I'm taking running gear with me so I can try to keep up the improvements. It will be much hotter than in blighty, but I'll continue to train to heart rate.
At the start of the week I had a bit of a blow-out. Super-size pizza (to myself), chocolate (I'm not even that keen on chocolate), cakes (I'm not even that keen on cakes either!) and a couple of beers (don't ask! ). I skipped a planned (recovery) run, and replaced an LT session with a straightforward GA (Aerobic) run. I think the pressure of study and having to get an assessment finished got to me and I had to vent some steam. I've put on two pounds in weight. So you'd think that my overall running and fitness must have suffered. Quite the contrary – this week was a breakthrough week!
My 6m GA on Wednesday was average for my current fitness level. I skipped the following day's recovery then ran another 6m GA on Friday. My pace had improved by 23 seconds per mile (at the same level of effort – using strict heart rate monitoring). Nice – but maybe a fluke.
My 4m recovery run on Saturday was 15 seconds faster per mile. Finally, I ran 11m MLR (medium-long run) this morning 19 seconds per mile faster than I ran 10m last week!
A similar thing happened about a month ago, and I find this happens periodically during sustained training campaigns. It's as if a switch is suddenly flicked. Or perhaps I'm a character in the Matrix version of an online RPG game and have just “levelled-up” after spending a month building up my experience points. Whatever the reason, I wish I could bottle it!
Well, I suppose it's a bit like living on hospital food
I'm desperately trying to complete an assessment which is due before I go on holiday, so the ready meals have been a great time-saver. They are better than they used to be a decade or so ago - thank goodness. I won't be sorry to get back to proper food when my assessment is complete!
I've been a bit under-the-weather this week (probably a virus) and had to skip my planned midweek LT run. Nonetheless I still covered 24 miles in four runs, and ran 10m this morning slightly faster than last week at the same average heart rate.
Two months ago I ran 6m at 11:23 pace with an average H/R of 147bpm. Today was 10m at 10:25 pace with 145bpm average H/R. All my other runs show similar improvements - at least one minute per mile faster across the board. I've been very strict with controlling my effort by heart rate, which makes for good comparisons.
So I'm happy with progress so far. I'd like to see another minute knocked off the times, but slowly slowly catchy monkey.
I weighed 14st (196lb) back in April, and today weighed-in at 12st 7lb (175lb). Which is a bonus