Carl- re: uni, my course is officially a full time course but in reality there are some days I don't start till 11am, and some days I am finished before 4. At the weekends I will be working part time for a marketing company (secured a part time job- woo hoo!).
This will likely mean that I try and fit most of my running in on week days around uni lectures, either morning time before classes or afternoon once they're done.
Should not be any harder to fit in than when I was working all the hours God sent in retail. In fact, I'm hoping to find it a little easier. The only thing I will struggle with is when to fit in the long runs- I won't have any total 'days off' when I don't have either a bit of uni or a bit of my part time job to do. I will just have to play that one by ear
Sean nice to hear from you. Well done on promotion at work. As with any big change it always feels massively tiring till you're in a well worn routine. A few weeks and you'll feel fine. As Nell says running doesn't pay the bills (sadly- I mean how great would that be, if I could make a living from being a completely average runner)
Nell- no wonder that workout was tiring Edinburgh definitely needs another parkrun. Every time I've been it's jam packed and sometimes has more than 500 runners which means a gun time can often be a good bit out for those at the back!!! Remind me when is your marathon again? Is it York or did I make that up?
I had my first day back at uni today- oh what fun to be a student again It's going to be hard work but I'm REALLY excited. Still haven't found a flat in Glasgow yet- viewed one the other day but they go so fast by the time I'd got my application in it had gone to someone else. Thankfully my parents have been very kind offering to put me up in the meantime.
Tuesday I did a 4.3 mile run with my Dad nice and easy, about 9:30 pace which was a good shakeout for my legs. Then yesterday we did just over 10k in an hour including a huge hill, it was tiring but really good. I was pacing him to a decent 'out of breath and can't say a word' pace.
Today I had a rest day and tomorrow I'll be going out for a nice countryside run but something not too hard as I want to have fresh legs and aim for a good time at Edinburgh parkrun on Saturday. Happy running days here and every time I come back to Linlithgow I remember how beautiful the countryside around here is to run in. *Linlithgow tourism board alert*
Hey everyone, far boots is abidy? (that is Aberdeen talk for 'where are you all?')
Glad you enjoyed the footie Nell. It sure is windy.
I am down in Linlithgow now staying with my parents before I move into a flat in Glasgow (still to be found!) to begin my teaching course. Hopefully just a few weeks here but it is nice to be home.
I finished last week with an easy 3 miles yesterday. My legs were fairly achy after Saturday's parkrun+8 miles venture. I ran just under 33 miles last week and that's fairly good going for me just now. So pretty chuffed.
This week's plan is to get a few decent runs in during the week and then doing Edinburgh parkrun at the weekend. Edinburgh parkrun is a super flat course where I have my current 5k PB (22:34). My dad has been running it lately and has got his time down to 24:48, at the age of 63 and having not run this much since he was a much younger man, I am very proud of him. His 5k time has come down by about 5 minutes since he started doing parkrun around 2 years ago. Amazing.
I'm going to aim for a sub 23 minute 5k. This would be my first sub 23 since May. (not terribly long ago but long ago enough that I'm doubting my capabilities) I'm really enjoying the shorter stuff just now and would LOVE to have a new 5k or 10k PB before the end of the year.
Carl- one thing that amazes me about you is your ability to go fast FAST in training. A lot of the time you seem to hit paces in training which are not far off race paces you have for similar distances. I don't seem to have the mental strength- there is something about race day itself that pulls me through but my training always feels tough when I do any pacy sessions. Do you have any tips?
PS- you ARE fine. That difference in pace is a matter of seconds and can depend on many variables. Stop fussing you're training well
After my 10 miler on Tuesday I had a rest day on Wednesday then on Thursday did a treadmill run. It was during a horrid spell outside and I couldn't face it (wimp). The weather has been rather hit and miss. I did 3.3 miles on the treadmill starting with a slow mile to get warmed up and ending with a fast mile at 5k pace.
Was meant to go out with another friend yesterday running but she didn't feel well. So we rescheduled for today.
Only thing is I was also doing parkrun today. So I agreed parkrun in the morning then more miles later in the day with my friend.
Parkrun was great fun but really tough, very windy conditions down at the beach and really tough with the first 2.5km involving running straight into a headwind. Legs felt like jelly.
First km I went off to fast as I always do up the bloody uphill start in 4:33. Then really struggled with the second km with the wind in my face and was a lot slower in 4:51. Third km I started to use a girl ahead of me to reel me in and managed to get faster each of the last 3 kms, it helped that the wind was mostly behind us for the last couple of km. Last 3 splits 4:46, 4:45, and my fastest km saved for last in 4:30. I passed the girl I'd been tailing and also another lady in the finishing strait. I was beaten closely by a wee girl who looked about 10 and was running great guns alongside her dad who was encouraging her. Inspiring.
Stopped my garmin at 5.02km and 23:28 but official time is 23:31. 10th/76 ladies and 70th/204 over all. A tough but great workout!
Then met my friend and we did almost 8 really nice easy miles in the late afternoon sun. It has been four seasons in one day here with the morning being the tail end of a storm and very windy and cool, and then the afternoon being scorching and sunny.
Just under 30 miles so far this week and thinking I'll get in a few extra tomorrow.