Firstly sorry for this long post, I was not able to update with each workout this week as its been a pretty busy few days for me so I have decided to summarise here instead in a single post.
So, after my great half marathon run last Saturday morning I spent the rest of that day relaxing and feeling pretty chuffed with myself. Overnight the weather turned and and in came a horrible cold front and lots of rain. Waking up Sunday it was not a pretty site outside. Not one to be defeated by the weather, I arranged with 2 other idiots that we should go for a bike ride. My friend Claire wanted to try out a road bike so borrowed one but sadly it was far far to big for her, to the point she could barely reach the brakes and the saddle had to be very low. That combined with the very poor weather meant we cut the ride short and headed home to our duvets.
Monday was a well needed rest day and social catchup with friends.
Tuesday I have my Tri clubs coached swim session. They start at 8pm so knowing I was busy Wednesday evening and would miss my planned run, I decided to run to and from the swim session. These runs would both be low HR runs focusing on form and efficient running as well as trying to maintain a nice steady pace.
The swim session was good and I felt really good. I wonder if the run beforehand had warmed me up so my body was more prepared for the session, I’m not sure but something to play around with again for sure. This was my swim session:
Followed by my run home. I shortened the return run as time was getting on and the cold weather was not something I fancied hanging about in.
Wednesday I was out with friends so a Nandos and pub trip were order of the day, so not only did I miss a days training, I topped it off with a bad diet and too much food. Whoops.
Thursday was the Tri clubs interval training session. It was a nice -2 while we were out but we soon warmed up nice and quick after a few hill repeats. I both love and hate these sessions, I know they are good for my speed work and building good form while running but they just hurt so much. I guess no pain, no gain has never been so true.
Friday I ventured down to the pool in the evening as I missed my morning session by being lazy. I made up for it though by arranging to meet Paul our Tri club chairman and he put me through my paces for 50 laps (1250m) of assorted drills. I really do feel my swimming is coming along and I really look forward to any swimming sessions.
Saturday was cold… very cold… But that did not stop us. 5 brave souls had planned to do a 15 mile run, and a 15 mile run we would do. Again it was around -2.5 but we soon warmed up after a mile or 4. As it turned out we ended up making it a 16 mile route and we all felt good and enjoyed it. We kept a steady pace and made sure we were all comfortable. Start together, end together! Nick had an awesome route planned that took us partly cross country which looked amazing. There was a nice frost and very light snow dusting over the fields and it looked fantastic, a route I would love to do again. This run was a real highlight for me, I am so proud of how far I have progressed in my training and am also excited to see how far I can take myself. Over this year I look forward to finding out.
Sadly the run was not without incident…. Due to the cold causing things to become quite “Pert” and that I was wearing a long sleeve running top that I don’t normally wear on longer runs there was a slight issue with chafing. I shall say no more as a picture (or 2) paints a thousand words….
Sadly we had a large deposit of snow today that cancelled the 10k race I was entered into. It will be rescheduled so I still have it to look forward too. Instead I went out and threw snowballs for the dog to chase. much fun :)