It's been two weeks since the last update

It's been two weeks since my last update so lots to talk about. 

2 weeks ago I had a tough session and this week I picked up a niggle. 

Let's go back to the tough session. 

 

I had a 2 mile warm up and then 9 miles at 6:54min/mi pace and 1 mile cool down. I fancied running somewhere a bit different so I headed up to The Meadows which I found was just over 2 miles away. The run from the house to The Meadows is all uphill but I just took it really easy. My watch beeped at 2 miles and it was time get the pace up and count down the 9 miles. 

The reps went like this, 6:53, 6:51, 6:50, 6:48. 5 miles down, 4 to go and I was starting to feel tired but focussed on keep the pace. You can imagine my surprise when my watch beeped 7:05! 

 

The pace didn't feel that slow, I couldnt believe it. Ok, time to focus for the next rep, I was running what felt was 6:50ish pace but then my watch bleeped again and 7:21min/mi pace! No way! 

I had been working really hard and I was getting slower, I was spent, I couldn't run another mile at this effort and only run 7:20 pace. 

I put the rest of the reps on hold and just jogged the rest of the session. I got the 12 miles done but I was so deflated. 

I got home and uploaded my run then realised what had happened. My GPS signal had gone for a wander. When I was pushing hard to get the pace down I was probably going way too fast. This then tired me out and no wonder I couldn't finish the session. 

If you look at the strava route above, if you don't know The Meadows you could think the route looks fine, the issue is, The Meadows is a circular route! I'll not be running up at The Meadows again for this sort of session again. 

The rest of the week went well though, good solid sessions and hitting paces without any problems. 

 

Last week

Mandy and I went up to Aviemore for a 5 day break. I messaged my coach to say I would try and get the sessions in but since I didn't know the area that well, some of the routes might be hillier than I'm used to. 

As it happened, I found some cracking routes and managed to get a 12 mile run in out along the Speyside way. I ran the section from Aviemore to Boat of Garden with a planned pace of 6:54min/mi. 

This was my chance to try and redeem the previous week's session. 2 mile warm up, 9 at pace, 1 mile cool down. What a difference a good GPS signal makes! 

The laps went like this:

7:31, 6:49, 6:42, 6:54, 6:49, 6:39, 6:50, 6:56, 6:49, 6:44, 6:48, 7:27

The second mile was downhill so I still counted it as a warm up. The 6:56 was also uphill slightly so also didn't worry about it. 

The rest of the week was easy runs and lots of walking with Mandy. It was amazing. 

We came back home on Friday and then on Saturday I went out to do another workout session. It was a a build up session, a warm up and then 12 mins at pace 1, 15 mins at pace 2, which is 10 seconds a mile faster than the first 12 minutes, then another 15 mins again 10 second faster than the previous rep. All was feeling great but then I felt a twinge in the back of my left leg. I tried to ignore it but then it got so sore that I had to stop. It felt like a muscle strain or my hamstring so I stretched it off and tried to jog it off. All was going fine but then after only half a mile the pain was too bad to run. 

I ended up walking 2.5 miles home. Feeling sorry for myself. 

I was meant to run 15 miles on Sunday (today) but took the day off to hopefully get me back on the road. 

The training over all though is going really well. I just need to get over this niggle and back on the road. 

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Published on: 20 June 2021