Marathon Monday #4, otherwise known as fast forward 8 weeks and it’ll be my last Marathon Monday post as it will all be over!
Perspective, easier said than done. Last Sunday I managed to do an 18.2 mile run, by myself. My parents had been down visiting, so as a way of getting the run home, I asked my Mum to drop me in Balloch. Two aims here, one run back to the flat, the other to get back before Mum drove home to Aberdeen. The run itself was interesting, I had cycled the route but never run it. Nor had I run that far with just myself and my headphones. The first 6 miles, I went way too fast. Then I struggled a bit, slowed down, the weather went from torrential rain and rainbows to heat. Having said that, the route itself is lovely, following the National Cycle 7 Path, with plenty of places for water/toilets and pretty much flat.
A training session with MRF, had me working hard. The session is 8×0.5 mile loops, with 90 seconds recovery in between. It was a freezing night, with a biting wind, and I had forgotten gloves. By the time I got to the last loop, everyone else had finished the session. So they chased me, in the nicest sense, but boy did it work. I managed my quickest flat out 0.5 mile and have never been so happy to hear my watch beep.
This week, a whole different ballgame. Monday, I struggled to do my full 7 miles, so I threw the towel in short of 6 miles. My legs were heavy and my mind wasn’t in it. Then I caught a cold/cough, was off work and am still struggling to speak. Being the stubborn person that I am, I went out yesterday with the intention of doing my full 19 miles. Because, well it was on the plan. The first 12 miles, I was happy enough with my pace, then the pace dropped to 9 minute miles, which is slower than I want to run on the day. So I stopped at 15. Admitting to myself that 15 miles on a day when I am ill, is better than nothing, and better than forcing myself/doing more damage by continuing the 4 miles is easier said than done. I was all but going to go out again last night just to do the 4 miles. Again, it’s all about perspective. Some is better than none.
So Marathon Monday #4, like the other few marathon mondays a fairly mixed bag! On the bright side, the clocks have changed so it’s now not getting dark till gone 8pm.
Total training distance – 402.4 miles.