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?