Second parkrun with Kizzy. She dragged me around at a great pace and even stopping for a mid run toilet and a paddle in a puddle managed 24 minutes, a 1 min improvement on last week.
Pretty sure with a faster runner she’s whoop my PB. Managed 114th place out of 500 and started at the back.
Did my usual post marathon recovery run on Monday so thought I’d be about right for rest of week. Sadly mistaken and I struggled with the pyramid speed sessions on Tuesday evening. Wednesday 5am run was not pretty. Usual 9 mile loop that I normally average sub8, and gradually aiming for sub 7:30 was very hard work and I struggled to average 8:30.
Think the below is very apt this week!
My first go at a Saxon, Vikings, Normans running event. Beer and curry the night before was not a great start to a 5am drive down the seaside.
Weather was very foggy but warm, and trotted out to run the 5 out and back loops along the sea wall. Kept pace pretty consistent but combination of lack of sleep and the concrete course tired legs. Managed to hold it together for a 3:32, same time as the marathon earlier in January.
Medal and goody bag were both excellent!
Early morning Wednesday run. The usual post run smug feeling has been dampened as I just noticed I stopped at 8.99miles. 😢. Always, always round up!
Failed to run Saturday and dog needed some exercise on Sunday so combined the two and did a 10k loop with Kizzy in 62 minutes. Was far harder than normal despite being 15 minutes slower than is aim for most runs. The Fartlek style definitely takes it out of you.
Back home for shower for the dog and I. The overnight snow had largely melted and made everything pretty muddy.
Been running with Redway Runners for their Wednesday 5am 9mile run for a few months. Managed my quickest average pace today despite having run last night so pleased with that.
Failed to get out to run with club today and parkrun looked too wet so once dried out I took doggy for her longest run to date. Pretty good pace. Measured on my Garmin running watch and new Garmin Vivoactive and got a slightly longer reading on the Vivo.
After a Christmas of excess and drinking, what better way to blow the cob webs away than with a warm up marathon for the year.
On Sunday 3rd Jan I made first of many visits to Caldecotte Lake in Milton Keynes for an Enigma Running event, the Winter Enigma Day 2.
With no real goal in mind (other than to finish before the weather deteriorated any more) I set off way too fast to help show a new runner on his first lap. Once around lap 1 he promptly continued at sub 7min pace and I backed off to a more sensible pace. It looked hopeful for a sub 3:30 until mile 18 when the earlier pace took it’s toll.
With two laps to go I lost second place and with barely a few hundred yards left I lost third place but happy to finish 3:32 and pick up my Enigma Running 1000 mile tee for completing way too many of their events.
Goal for 2016 is to improve on a 3:24 marathon and aim for sub 3:20.
During a marathon workshop evening with the club we worked through the various sums and my targets for the year are:
- 3:20 marathon at a pace of 7:32min/mile (assuming 26.5m distance)
- 1:31 half marathon at 6:58 pace
- 41:24 10k at 6:40 pace
- sub 20m 5k at 6:21 pace
Best get training then….