Two weeks to recap today as we were off enjoying a well deserved holiday last week. By this time next week we will have completed our first race – The Bath Two Tunnels 5k – which is what our training has been working towards so far (with the ultimate continuing goal of running the WDW Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November). This week will be the last week of training for our 5k and then it will be on to a more intensive training schedule for the Caerphilly 10k at the end of June.
Despite the holiday, we have managed to do some good training runs in preparation for next Sunday, and feel we have given our best effort towards preparing ourselves for the 5k.
We have covered approximately 8.5 miles in the last two weeks – and played a lot of (bad) tennis!
Mon 20th April – Sunday 26th April:
1.5 mile Run using run walk intervals of 1 minute running and 45 seconds walking. We tried out a great new route down and around our local park… its a shame its such a massive hill back up to our house, I didnt make it all the way back during this run, but hopefully with more training we’ll be able to get all the way back up that hill without giving up! Average pace: 11’25” per mile.
2.04 mile run. We ran the first mile continuously and then switched to run walk intervals for the second mile of 1 minute running and 45 minutes walking. We made it slightly further back up the hill this time! Baby steps! Average pace: 12’22” per mile.
5k treadmill run in the hotel gym – I ran continuously for the whole 5k and managed to complete it in 33 minutes and 17 seconds! I wish running on the road were as easy as running on the treadmill – damn hills and weather conditions!
Monday 27th April – Sunday 3rd May:
Ran 1 mile on the treadmill in the hotel gym with an incline of 2.5. I was trying to simulate some sort of hill, but I found this run difficult after indulging in holiday food and cocktails for the past few days!
Half an hour of tennis at the hotel (I am NOT good at tennis!)
1 hour of tennis at the hotel (arm is still aching today!)
Spent the whole time travelling home – no time for any exercise!
1 mile continuous run in the cold and rain (boo!) Average pace 12’08” per mile.
Through the whole of April we ran 27.1 miles!!! THAT IS MAD! If you had told me I would be clocking that kind of mileage even 6 months ago i’d have literally laughed in your face! And this mileage is only going to increase as we get closer and closer to November.
I still find it hard to believe that I can run. That I am a runner. Even if I don’t go that far or that fast at the moment every little training run pushes me that little bit further forward in this journey, every mile make’s me believe more and more that we can achieve what we have set out to do.
It’s 188 days until the Walt Disney World Wine and Dine Half Marathon. 188 days ago I couldn’t run a mile. In 188 days I shall be running 13.1. Every mile is an accomplishment that I am incredibly proud of!
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