I did a VO2 session this morning - 8 miles with 3x1000 and 3x800. Was quite pleased with paces but I had to do them on the treadmill and seeing as neither treadmill nor foot pod are calibrated I have no idea whether they were really the correct paces! Felt like they were though and surely that's what counts?!
I gave the cycling to work a miss today because of the gales and am glad I did as it's now decided to thrash it down as well!
The culmination of my 5k training plan was an aquathlon on Sunday and turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. Can't complain too much as I've been running well throughout the plan and having a tough cross country race the day before (didn't know this when I entered the aquathlon) probably didn't help.
I am now following the last few weeks of the low mileage 10k plan in preparation for a 10k in December and then I will be going plan-less for a few weeks to give myself a break. Thing is, I don't want to stop the speedwork altogether so what sessions should I be doing to ensure I don't lose any 'speed' gains I've made over the last few months?
Felt I had recovered enough from my cold to give the 5 mile off road race a go this morning. Was then questioning the sanity of my decision while sitting in the car beforehand with the rain thrashing down and the wind howling! My feeling of doom wasn't helped by the fact that I had left my trail shoes at home and so was going to be forced to run in old trainers that had holes in the sides! By the time I was ready to make my way to the start the rain had stopped and it wasn't actually too cold. Between miles 3 and 4 and on a particularly muddy stretch the runner just in front of me slipped and fell and in my attempt to avoid him I too fell hard on my arse! Ouch! Quickly got up and managed to keep going trying to ignore the pain in my ass! Like an idiot I tried to sprint through a water feature near the end and was then knackered for the race to the line. Must have accidentally paused/stopped my watch when I fell so not sure of my time but pretty sure I knocked a couple of minutes off my previous time for the course. Not bad considering, although I think I've knocked back my cold recovery by a couple of days as I feel pretty rough now!
15W - as someone else who does my training very early I can only say that if I had to run at lunchtime or after work then I wouldn't be running! So kudos back to you and everyone else who runs later in the day!
Been a little sidelined this week due to Westy sending his germs down the computer line! What started as a slightly sore throat on Saturday turned into a grotty snotfest by Wednesday and is now an annoying useless cough. Hopefully it won't affect my off road 5 mile race tomorrow morning.