Rain/wind/hail was coming down, I was getting blown sideways, and sometimes felt like I was barely moving at all. Was soaked to the bone and frozen the whole way round. Was a really horrible, horrible run. 50mph winds apparently! I was running with one of my clubmates who I'm very grateful to. If I was on my own a) I would NEVER have run at that pace and b) I would have given up part way in.
Took a big tumble in one of the parks we went through. There was this puddle that was so wide we just had to run through it as it took up the whole width of the footpath. There must have been potholes in the round under the puddle, as I was going through but suddenly my foot was deep deep down and I went over on my ankle and fell into the bloody thing. I was shocked (it really was deep, and very very muddy) but not too hurt. My clubmate helped me up and the first thing I did was check my Garmin. Haha. It seemed OK. But a few miles later it stopped recognising where we were and stopped 'counting' miles. So it just froze at 13 miles and so I don't have splits for the last three miles. Hope it's OK as it hasn't been working since but I've left it in a bowl of rice to hopefully dry out and recover. Anyone who has had water disasters with a Garmin let me know.
Despite having to complete the run soaked, muddy and freezing, I was pleased with the whole thing once it was done. 9:23 is 24 seconds slower per mile than my Goal C Marathon pace (8:59, for a 3:55 finish) and 48 seconds slower per mile than my Goal A Marathon pace (8:35, for a 3:45 finish). So I think pretty good. It felt really tough. Long runs always do. But I feel strong too and am running faster than I've ever done before in LSR training.
IBB- that's a great time, well done. I love 10ks. How's your Manchester training going?
Carl- nice to hear from you. Work sounds hectic but sure you're doing well. 4 runs a week is fine. Don't stress. And Richmond Park sounds a good idea, it was a lovely one wasn't it, and you know it.
Carter- 58 miles. And it's just going 'OK'?! That's fabulous. Well done. Honestly you're an inspiration. I did 28
PS- I like 4 mile races- they are a good distance, more endurance than a 5k but still good speed! Enjoy and good luck!
Rob- sorry to hear about you and Elle's woes... manflu eh! It's a killer! Take care. Good luck for your 10k but only run if you feel well enough.
3.5 miles done for me tonight. It was an interval session on the treadmill at the gym and I enjoyed it a lot. Then some weights. Very tight calves tonight...don't know if a delayed reaction to my 15 miler on Sunday. This week looking to do my normal club session tomorrow, some runs alone on Friday/Saturday then aiming for 16 or 17 on Sunday... some of it with company I hope from clubmates.
Carter- yes, I was up and running again pretty quickly even after 11 days off. Fitness feeling not too bad again now. When you are talking about zones is this HR zones? And how do you define each zone? Do you stick strictly to it? I've not heard you talk about that before, just curious.
IBB- how was your race? Report please.
Rob- good luck for your 10k. Don't pack in too much this week in advance of it.
washwood- 18 miles already done! Wowee well done! That's great going. Those gels sound nice. I'm sure somebody else was raving about them... maybe Nell... Now you've done 18 you should feel assured the marathon will be manageable.
I last wrote on here on Tuesday last week. I planned to get back to running on Wednesday but didn't quite feel like it.
I went back to the club on Thursday. I did 7.65 miles with my pace group. First couple warm up. Then 2 times 2 mile tempo. Both sections done at 7:25 min/mile pace. This was really tough. I was flagging and at the back of the group. But I held on. Then a cool down.
Friday I took my school running group out for a short few miles, nice and slow with the kids so good recovery for me.
Yesterday I ran with my sister at a parkrun (her third parkrun) and we both enjoyed it but it was really tough. Usual route was not possible due to weather so we had a hellish alternative route, mud up to our knees and a 5 lap route... each lap consisted of two ascents and two descents of a big hill, so we were gubbed by the end.
Today, I did 15 miles with two club mates. One of my running buddies wanted to do 10 miles, so me and another chap ran to her house (2.5 miles) as a warm up, then we all ran 10 miles at around marathon pace, then the same 2.5 miles cool down.
2.5 miles at 9:30
10 miles at 8:58
2.5 miles at 9:30
Felt really tough... but having company was great and I enjoyed it a lot.
So this week, back to good running in terms of quality, quantity not super high but I'll take it post-illness. Hope you all had a good weekend.
IBB- well done. My body is a temple that needs wine. Impressed at you not doing the booze.
Rob- fab run, well ahead of schedule.
I was very ill last week and this continued over the weekend. I went out on Saturday and tried to run- I did one mile very slowly and it felt like I was dying. I could barely breathe, my chest was aching and burning, and my legs were dragging and painful. I stopped and walked home. Sunday, I felt heaps better. Like loads. But when I tried to jog again my chest was the same. I guess flu is an upper respiratory thing primarily, so no wonder the lungs and breathing feels laboured. I went to the gym and lifted some VERY light weights and had a wee toodle on the spin bike. It felt all good.
I haven't tried to run still. I am going to attempt it tomorrow night as my recovery has been continuing That will be 10 days since my last run. Cor lummy. Trying not to stress over what I've 'missed'... I'll catch up with some quality running.