The past few weeks have been good

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Training hard and racing hard.

The past few weeks seem to have been spent racing and training and it's all going pretty well. Clocking up around 60 to 70 miles a week and getting some consistent sessions in. 

Last month I had the Inverness half marathon and then the National road relays, where I ran the final leg just 6 seconds slower than last year, but this year was windier so I was happy with the time. 

Last week I headed to Saughton track for some half marathon paced training. This was the second week of doing this sort of session. The aim is to run at 6 minutes per mile for each rep. The first week was a 4 mile rep with 4 minutes jog recovery followed by 3 mile rep. Last week was 4, 3 and then a 1 mile rep. The aim is to build up to 4,3,2,1 all at 6 minutes per mile. 

I've been getting with a second or so either side of the 6 minute mark, last week's splits were:

4 mile set : 6:01, 6:03, 5:59, 5:58
3 mile set: 6:00, 5:58, 5:55
final mile : 5:45

I won't be doing this session this week though as I am tapering to get ready for Grangemouth 10km race on Sunday. I really want to give this a good go. Last year I finished in 37:05 and I feel I am faster than that this year. I just need to recover after a 22 mile run on Sunday. 

I was asked why am I doing a 22 mile run when I'm not preparing for a marathon this year, the simple answer is, the weather was nice and I was enjoying my run - and I wanted to get my weekly miles up to 70!

I wasn't enjoying it quite as much last night on the track though! Legs were really heavy and just not moving as fast as I had hoped - to be expected I guess.

A couple of weeks ago we did a 1 mile time trial and I managed a new unofficial PB of 5:09, my previous and official PB is 5:19. I guess I shouldn't be too upset then that I matched that time last night with tired legs and a slightly windier evening. 

Next week Mandy (@runbesidehim) and I will be heading of to Lanzarote for some warm weather running - I'm really looking forward to it! 

Owain Williams

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