Me and my smug lovely pacer 😀
How’s your summer going, you lovely lot? Are you training for anything, or just enjoying the sunshine? I can’t believe the events that people have been doing recently! Such a motivation! 🙂
As for me, today marks the end of the first week on my Dublin Marathon training plan. I think I’d gotten so used to NOT following a plan – running where and when I fancied, cross training here and there, hiking a bit – I’d let myself slip a little when it came to keeping a routine (or any kind of structure or discipline, whatsoever).
Luckily, I’ve been able to rope James in to join me on a couple of my sessions. I say luckily, as I probably wouldn’t have pushed myself so hard if I’d been alone, but I’ll admit that I was naive enough to think that he might just take it easy on me.
We set off for my third 5k of the week yesterday (it was meant to be 10k, but heat + humidity = nah), and I managed to persuade him to start slowly – by his standards, at least. Unfortunately, this meant that he then ramped things up for miles 2 and 3, taking the pace from 9:39 to 9:13 by the end. Ouch.
No pain no gain, right!?
Highs and lows: Enjoying a mocha frappe after Sunday’s cycle, and ready to keel over on Saturday’s 5k…
As I cut Saturday’s run short, I decided to get some miles in on the bike today to make up for it a bit. We found a new route along a trail we’d never heard of before (the ‘Christmas Pie’ trail, apparently!) and followed it to Farnham.
This only gave us 14 miles, but after fighting our way through brambles and nettles and hugely overgrown wooded bits (parts of which we had to walk our bikes through), we decided against an out-and-back, and got on the train instead.
We weren’t complete cop-outs, though! We jumped off at Woking, and cycled the last 6 miles home on a lovely smooth stretch of road, rounding us up to 20. Not too bad!
Enjoying the sunshine after 20 tough miles.
Overall, I’m just glad that my legs seemed fairly happy with 3 runs and some cross-training! And I’m looking forward to adding on some miles next week. Though looking at the weather forecast, I think I’m going to have to force myself out of bed a little earlier. The heat isn’t my friend!
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Week 1 summary (weeks to Dublin: 15)
Planned sessions: 3 miles easy + strides / 3 miles steady / 6 miles easy
Sessions completed: 3 miles easy + strides / 3 miles steady / 3 miles progression
Cross training: 20 mile cycle