Wk38 – 6.5M West End & City Centre

Tuesday morning and the alarm went off at 6:02. I knew it was going to be dark and wet outside… and as soon as the thought of running at this time in the morning entered my head I had doubts as to whether I wanted to run or not.

The snooze alarm went off at 6:10, and then my phone alarm went off at 6:15. Urgh!!  All of my running clothes were out ready for me to just get into and go, but the little gremlins inside me were telling me bed was a better place to be.

Then I was forced out of bed and I was told the bed was going to be made.  So I had to get up.  And I’m glad I did.

I started my run at 6:37am.  It was still dark, and spitting a little bit, but the weather wasn’t as bad as I’d expected.  It was only a little rainy, and I managed to stay pretty dry through the run.

Who knows where this is...? Squinty Bridge maybe?

I wore shorts, a short sleeved t-shirt, my windproof/ showerproof white jacket and my gore hat to keep any rain off.

It’s funny, the thought of a new route in the morning puts me off when I’m thinking of going out.  I must be a creature of habit.

The BBC believe it or not...

I started with music, aiming to maybe do a fast 8 miles, but ended up changing the music to my audiobook.  As mentioned last week, running to an audiobook is a strange experience. You have to concentrate so much on the book, that you can’t really thingk about your running or the run.  You have to think about crossing roads, but it’s not too much of an issue at 630am in the dark.

Good morning Buchanan Street!

The run up the West End was fine, along to St Georges Cross and down along Sauchihall Street.  The downhill at Buchanan Street was good… I refrained from shouting…..’weeeeeee!’ as the hill carried me along.

I got to the Clyde and ran a small loop around it.  I was meant to do 8 miles, but about 4-5 miles in I felt that small niggle in my right knee (cold again?) and decided I’d cut it at 6.5 – 7 miles by missing out the West Street loop I’d planned.

Hello Clyde and Kingston Bridge

My knee wasn’t sore in particular – just not quite right.  I’ve decided I’ll limit my runs to less than 8 miles just now and swim to not put any undue pressure on my knee.  And perhaps I might run with a support to keep it warm and compressed.  I think it only really happens when my knee is cold, so I’ll try and dig out an old knee support I have.

Anyway, I’m very glad I got out for my run this morning.   A nice steady run in just under 8 min mile pace.  I feel refreshed and ready for the day. 

Swim tonight I think… another 2500m at Bellahouston. 🙂  My shoulders are a little sore from the swim last night, so I must be working hard when I swim.

Run: 6.5M, 51:39, Pace: 7:50, 7.7mph, 537 cals.
Ave HR: 155 (82%), Max HR: 165 (87%), Training Effect: 4.3

The training effect felt about right, a hardish workout where I was pushing it, but not maxing it. 😀

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