This week of training was always going to be a bit more tricky as I would a bit more restricted to when I could run due to my daughters being on half-term holiday.
I managed a short run out with Kath on the Friday evening. Just two and a half miles at tempo pace.
I wasn’t planning to run at all on Sunday, but decided spur of the moment to run either 5 or 10k. I hadn’t prepared for the run, so was under fuelled and not very hydrated. I felt this as soon as I started running! My legs were very achey and energy levels were low. As I passed the turnaround for my 5k route I decided to push on to complete the 10k distance. I stuck at a steady training pace and ignored how my legs were feeling. This seemed good training to get me used to running on tired legs!
With the kids off on half term holidays, I only managed a 4 mile run on the treadmill on the Wednesday. I always find treadmill running incredibly soul destroying, so I was pleased to log four miles steady pace!
Thursday night, was club run night! Mentally I was struggling and I seemed to feel generally tired too. Intervals did not seem like fun to me! It was a tough session of 7x 600m intervals with recoveries! Hard graft….but job done!
Sunday arrived; it was wet and windy, so this could only mean one thing…..I had a race to run! Once registered for the race it was great to see Thea running in the kid’s trail run! After a short wait the Montane Dalmain Trail 10k was underway. The weather conditions had made the route really muddy which certainly added to the fun! I found the climbs harder than I should have (fitness, weight blah blah) and couldn’t make up the time on the downhill as even in my Speedcross I had very little traction. Staying on my feet was the biggest challenge…
The last mile was the only part of this race that I felt good! Still race completed and my first bit of bling for the year!
I know I am my own worse critic, but this training week has highlighted just how much work I need to do, to get to where I need to be. Being fit enough to run The Quest seems a massive challenge for me currently, let alone being fit enough to run the Pennine Way next year! I WILL get there though….
As I stated in my previous posts; I am taking one event at a time this year. The Quest ( a 40 mile ultra marathon on the Cornish coast) will be my first big challenge of 2017. However all of this years events are all in training for my attempt to run all 267 miles of the Pennine Way in 2018 to raise funds and awareness for Bipolar UK and The RSPB’s Hen Harrier LIFE project. You can find out more about this and support my ongoing efforts here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/runningthepennineway
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