So we tweaked the training plan a little this week, running 4 miles as our long run this weekend instead of the suggested 5. This was mainly due to the fact that Gid is still getting back into training after his injury and has also been suffering from a chesty cold for the last week so we didn’t want to push to much. We said we’d do 4 miles and if at the 2 mile turn-around we still felt good we’d perhaps push on a bit further to hit 5 miles, but the turn-around came and due to the drizzle, the chesty cold and a bit of a sore calf muscle we decided it would be safer just to do the planned 4. Actually our 4 miles turned out to be a pretty good run by our standards so we were pleased!
We also shared a Clif bar after running (of the chocolate chip variety). It tasted good – wasn’t too sweet so didn’t make us feel sick and I do feel that we recovered a bit quicker than usual from the energy boost. I think mile 4-5 in the half is around the time i’ll need to start taking on some extra fuel so it was good to test it and see how it tasted. Next week we’ll try munching on some mid-run as we have 6.5 miles to cover and see how that goes!
20 minute maintenance run – covered 1.65 miles using run/walk intervals of 2 minutes running and 45 seconds walking. Average pace 12’15 per mile. We cut this run 10 minutes short (should have been 30) as Gid’s chest was still playing up. However we did tackle the HILL OF DOOM!!!
We normally run this route the other way so we go down the hill instead of up, but today I was feeling adventurous and suggested we run UP! Yeah…. probably was a bit cruel of me considering this was only Gid’s 4th run back after injury where as i’ve been running hillier routes since he hurt his shoulder as it’s all hilly around where we live! We made it up… but I can’t guarantee that it didn’t contribute to us cutting the run 10 minutes short!
Missed the second 30 minute maintenance run scheduled for today. Really need to stop missing these second runs as i’m sure they are beneficial. Bad.
Walked up a lot of steps in the Millennium Stadium whilst getting to our super high seats to watch the rugby! I consider it a work out of sorts!
Ran 4 miles using run/walk intervals of 2 minutes running and 45 seconds walking. Average pace: 11’58” per mile! Got off our butts and went for a run in the rain and it actually turned out to be not too bad at all!
Bring on next week!!