Week 2

Last weeks long run didn’t happen on Sunday, we ended up doing the annual school uniform shop instead, a different sort of challenge, but still wore me out.

I did the 5 mile long run on Monday evening instead.  It was a warm and airless evening and the run felt quite hard work, although it was nice to run along the canal again.

On Tuesday I did a gentle three miles while youngest swam through a lovely country park which is hidden in the middle of Warrington by the Mersey.  Hot and sunny today.

Thursday morning I was up for early morning training and did 3 miles on the treadmill.  The plan said ‘tempo run’ so I warmed up for a mile, then did two at 6.2 mph which is quite fast for me at the moment, but felt OK.  Not sure what I’ll do when early morning training finishes for the summer!

I had great plans to do my first ever park run on Saturday and my eldest was going to join me too, but then I realised my daughter needed taking to a party for 10am and with the best will in the world I couldn’t fit in both.  Now we’re both registered we are definitely going to do next Saturday!

I have managed this week’s long run on the right day though!  I got up early and did 6 miles before 8am.  Very pleased with myself.  My phone, which I use as a stopwatch, has completely broken so I had to use my wrist watch for timing (not ideal as it doesn’t have minutes marked) and a slightly modified route as I needed to drop some keys off with a friend, but it meant I didn’t stress too much about time/distance.  Still very muggy and airless weather, but at least I won’t have to run in the midday sun now.


Week 1

OK, so it’s two weeks since my last post, but I found a plan and it only started this week so I had a week of fiddling around.  I did a couple of short runs, including some intervals on the treadmill, but didn’t get round to a long run.

I have decided to follow, more or less, Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon plan.  I’m somewhere between the Beginner 2 and the Intermediate plan.  I don’t think I’ll make 5 runs a week, but I do want to add some speedwork, so I’ll aim for the intermediate plan but without all the shorter runs.

This week I’ve been away with work in Bristol so I rejigged the plan a bit.  I did the speedwork on Tuesday evening while my youngest swam.  I ran to the local park, found a field I thought looked about 400m and ran my laps round it.  Without any form of speed monitoring I went off far too fast, getting up to nearly 8mph on one lap – and when I measured it back at home, the lap was closer to 500m.  No wonder I only managed 3 before I felt sick!  I did complete two more half laps so I don’t feel too bad.  It was certainly a good work out!

In Bristol I set off to explore, but the basic map in the visitor guide didn’t warn me about the massive gradients on some of the roads!  Couldn’t track my route when I got home either, so not sure how far I ran, but it was nice to explore somewhere new.  35 minutes or thereabouts of running.

On Thursday I tried out the hotel gym.  I built my pace up from 5.5mph to 6.5mph and finished 5km in just over 30 minutes.  Very pleased with myself that I did two runs while away.  A pity I more than made up the calories as the food at the conference was excellent!

I just need to get a long run in this week now.  5 miles tomorrow anyone?