Don’t you just love those weeks where every run just feels great?!
The week didn’t start particularly well running wise – metro (and just about every other running group in Aberdeen) was cancelled on Tuesday and I forgot my kit at work so couldn’t hit the treadmill for my first planned run. I was out for dinner on Wednesday night so just went to the gym at lunch and decided to cycle rather than run because I just couldn’t face the dreadmill.
Thursday was reps day and the planned session was 6x1200m reps. Unfortunately the session was cancelled due to ice on the track so this was slightly problematic. Fortunately I had met Metro coach Jackie in the gym the previous day and he told me about an interval setting on the treadmill. After work on thurs I decided to head to the gym to try my first interval session on a treadmill. I was really dreading it but I ended up LOVING it. I did 7 x 1km reps at an average of 6.40/mile pace. I liked the fact the treadmill kept me at a consistent pace and I couldn’t slow down even if I wanted to. For my last two reps I decided to up the pace a bit and really push myself. I then did a final 500m on top of the 7 reps at 5.38/mile pace and that was me – wiped out. I went to the weights room and did a long stretch and foam roll and I was knackered. I got such a buzz from the session though and will definitely be hitting the treadmill again for some hard reps.
On Friday I joined my friend Alison for an easy run. We had planned a head torch run in the forest up and hazelehead. I have never been on a head torch run so was slightly nervous about this – I do not have a good track record in the dark evenings (Slips, Trips and Falls). As we met in the car park and put our head torches on I was feeling a little anxious but was up for a good laugh.
Here we were, spending our Friday night going off into the dark woods on our own for a run…NUTTERS. As we came into the forest I had never noticed just how quiet it was, very eerie. I just focused on putting one foot in front of the other and tried to avoid ice. We both were laughing at how crazy we were and how scary the wood was but we plodded on….for 300m., then we turned back. What a bunch of wooses! HA. To be fair, there was a dodgy man that walked into the park just before we set off and this definitely creeped us out – WHO GOES TO THE PARK, IN THE DARK, ON THEIR OWN, ON A FRIDAY NIGHT!? WIERDO. (Clearly going for a run in the dark is a totally sane thing to do though). So anyway, we decided to turn back onto the streets and just did a very easy 4.5miles. I say easy, it was actually pretty tough going at points because the footpath conditions were treacherous. But the pace was conversational and we were not pushing hard. It was lovely to be back out running with Alison again. She is doing super doper training right now so it is hard to sync our runs but hopefully we can get some more scheduled in 🙂
On Sunday I had my long run of the week scheduled – 12 miles. This would be my longest run to date so far. I ran with Catherine (my super speedy cousin) for the whole run and dad joined us for the first 3 miles. (he is just doing 1 run a week at the moment so he stuck with a 6m loop).
The route we chose was really good and it was nicely broken up into 3m sections. We ran out past Culter into the country and it was lovely. This is one of my favourite routes to go in Aberdeen, it is slightly undulating and the views are stunning. We went out along the main road until Culter where we went on the country roads and we turned and came back along the Deeside railway line. The line was still pretty icy when we got to Milltimber so we decided to just go back on the main road for the last 3 miles so we could keep our pace and not risk breaking our necks! The run was pretty steady and we talked most of the way. As we reached 10miles I felt a little scared at what was to come. For anyone who is a lord of the rings geek like me, I felt like Sam leaving the shire…
This was the furthest I would have ever run and it was a little daunting. We managed though! Mile 10-11 was pretty tough going, my bum was aching, I was feeling hot and I just wanted to be home. (anyone else get a really sore bum on long runs!?) We persevered and Catherine picked up the pace so I clung on for dear life. It was probably the best thing she could have done for me as there was no way I was letting a big gap develop between us. As we reached mile 11 I was ready to finish but Catherine pushed on even more. As the watch hit 12.01 miles I was delighted, I had survived running +10 miles. We walked up the little path back to the house and had a stretch in the garden. I was really happy with how the run had gone and I think my training is going well. The run wasn’t particularly fast however I know on a race day with no talking and a crowd around I will be able to pick it up a bit more.
That is a bit of an insight to my running week – hopefully I enjoy this weeks runs just as much!