Oh man, hasn’t the weather been gorgeous lately!? I mean sure, it’s meant that running has been an absolute struggle, but I have to admit that I’ve reeeally been enjoying the non-running bits 😀
Now this is the sort of British summer I love!
My 5k on Tuesday was AWFUL. It was 30 degrees, I’d cycled to and from work (marginally less sweltering than sitting in the car!) and I really struggled. I think it’s the first time this year that I’ve actually had to take water with me on such a short run! I ended up taking a couple of breaks in the shade to cool down, and actually walked part of mile 3. Honestly, I nearly regretted getting out there at all.
On the flip side, Sunday was my long run day and I managed the whole 8 miles! I even threw the pacing out the window and hit 9:05 for mile 8. In my defense, it was a lovely long downhill, and would have been a shame to waste it… 😀
A horrendous 5k vs a pretty good long run #1!
Whilst 9:05 is a pretty awesome pace for the end of my longest run since April, the plan was 8 ‘easy’ miles, and for good reason! When training for my previous marathons I’ve always set off too fast on my long runs, and faded massively towards the end – I don’t think I’ve ever run a LSR consistently, or managed a negative split over more than about 10k!
With my marathon pace hopefully around the 10:30 mark, I was aiming for a relaxed 10:40-11:00/mile, and ended up with an average of 10:25 – with only 4 out of 8 miles at my planned pace. Ooops. Granted, this isn’t much of an issue over 8 miles, but I definitely need to work on my pacing before I hit the bigger runs…
Thursday’s cycle commute PB, followed 30 minutes later by a negative-split 5k!
I also focused a lot more on my crosstraining this week, which is something that I kind of neglected when training for Barcelona. I cycled to work twice (14 mile round trip), and on the second day I actually got a PB – 13.5mph! Not hugely fast by most standards, but 1mph faster than usual 😀 It’s all progress!
I even manned up a little and joined the local tri club for a taster session on Friday. An hour of solid front crawl and stroke drills – the DOMS still haven’t gone away! But it turns out that despite sticking to breaststroke for the past year or so, I haven’t lost all of my swimming fitness – or technique! (Just the stamina. Oh my days, I struggled). I can’t wait to join the club properly and work on my swimming and cycling!
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How do you like to cross train? Is anyone doing the Ride100 this weekend?
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Week 2 summary (weeks to Dublin: 14)
Planned sessions: 3 miles easy + strides / 3 miles steady / 8 miles easy
Sessions completed: 3 miles easy (!) / 3 miles progression / 8 miles steady
Cross training: 28 miles cycling, 1 hour swimming