This has been a slightly odd week. Or perhaps I’ve just been tired. I’ll settle for tired. Really tired. OK, that’s all the negativity out of the way. Normal positivity can now be resumed.
The point that I’m labouring is that I don’t ordinarily deal well with tiredness, and this week I’ve found myself getting reduced sleep. Some of this has been connected to the fact that it’s been quite warm, particularly in the evenings. Some of this is connected to the fact that I’ve had to do some training later in the evening and I’ve not calmed down enough from the running to be able to fall asleep on time, and some of it is simply the fact that I’ve been working and training hard. I’m consciously making a note of this as I move forward with the plan: I need more sleep and I will be making this a priority over the next few weeks. I don’t want to spend the next 14 weeks feeling as mentally foggy as I have done this week.
However, I have enjoyed training this week. As I write this on Sunday night I have run for 40 consecutive days for a total of 320 miles. This is a daily average of 8 miles, and it’s the highest that I’ve ever run. I’m definitely in the place where I want to be out running and I want to continue to gently turn the screw. There’s no magic at work here, just consistent running.
Sunday’s race was a brilliantly organised trail race. The course went from the cinder track at Cam’s Lane, down to Radcliffe before winding its way down the old railway line and back up to the track. I ran as hard as I could. My breathing felt great, I just couldn’t get my legs to turn over any faster. In many ways this is pleasing. I think that it’s great evidence that the base building is working. I’m looking forward to see what happens when the more specific session start.
This week has looked like this:
Monday: 9 miles @7:22 m/m
Tuesday: 7 easy recovery
Wednesday: 12.7 @ 7:27 m/m
Thursday: 8 miles easy round the park but with 8 x 90 seconds on hills
Friday: 3 miles recovery
Saturday: 6 miles easy, then Bolton parkrun in an easy 26:00
Sunday: warm up, Radcliffe 5K trail race (19:15)
Total for the week: 55.1 miles
Next week the aim is to train is a similar way: two longer runs with the pace around 7:20 and another hill session. The main difference will be that Bolton parkrun will be a hard effort and Sunday’s run will be 16+ miles. I’m aiming for 75 miles.