This week has gone a little different to planned (which is ok). Recently I’m trying less to stick to a training routine (ie this on this day, that on that day) and trying more to listen to my body and do what I feel is needed.
I did my swim on Monday, rest Tuesday morning, Kaizen Run Tuesday night. Then Back, Chest, Shoulders, Arms, Plyo on Wednesday morning. The plan was to do something at night… but the DOMS caught up with me and I was sore. lol (See how to avoid DOMs here).
So I decided Wednesday night and Thursday I would rest, and on Friday morning I would run or swim. Then I realised…
It’s only 14 sleeps to the Barrathon!
And I haven’t done a long run in a few weeks (3rd June: 12 miles with Julie Ann). So I thought it was about time I did one. 13.1 mile would do , and I decided on the 13.1 mile route I started off doing (I did it 3 times in 2009 - 1, 2, 3 before I completed my first ever half marathon event at the Balloch to Clydebank half marathon).
To fit it in before work, I had to leave around 2 hours to make sure I was back in time, so I left just after 6am. There weren’t many people around at that time… although I did see a few people… delivery drivers, commuters and the like.
I also saw (and heard) lots of birds, a massive cat near Queens Park and an odd ensemble of a man walking a rotweiller and a chiwawa. It made the big dog look massive and the little dog look tiny. lol.
It was peeing down for a lot of the first hour… I wore a light weight wind proof jacket which kept me warm, and a black cap to keep the rain out of my eyes. Trust me, wearing a cap in the rain makes the run much better. Otherwise it was shorts and a tshirt for me. I eventually took my jacket off and wrapped it around my waist as I was too hot. I absolutely love that kind of weather to run in. Wet, windy and refreshing!
My pace was very steady for the first 7 or 8 miles, then with a few hills it slowed, and I cruised through the last 2-3 miles quite strongly with a little help from my friend little miss downhill.
As I was about to finish I realised that I’d missed a bit out at the start and had to add on half a mile to make it up to 13.1 miles, but it was ok.
My ave HR ended up being 157 (83%) which was probably higher than it should have been. I must try harder to try and control my pace.
I finished and saw that my Garmin Training Effect score was the maximum it could be 5.0… and it definately felt like it!
I didn’t take on any energy or water during the run so I made sure I drank lots of water afterwards, had a warm shower and had a nice chocolate protien and snickers milkshake and some porridge.
Run: 13.1M, 1:46:37, Calories: 1,083, Pace: 8:08.
Ave HR: 157 (83%), Max HR: 169 (89%), Garmin Training Effect: 5.0