So this period of time with no blogs doesn’t correspond to a lack of training just a period of laziness with posting! Since I last updated I have done a number of long runs all off which technically warranted some individual recognition but alas they will all be lumped into one long post.
Three weeks ago Justin and Ash came down to stay and we planned for a long one. The temperature was climbing and at 9am we left the flat planning on a 15miler. The route was set, taking the tourist upto and around the Olympic Park in Stratford then heading back, from my reckoning about 15m. As I have already alluded to it was pretty toasty out and after 8m miles there was not a cloud in the sky. This felt a good test for me, I’m keen to push my body in the heat especially when running with company! The run went pretty smoothly especially as the miles creep up!
The following Saturday I was out again with company, this time with Sam. Sam is training for an October marathon and we planned an 11 miler into central London, once again it was hot (although not as hot as the previous week). I found this run tougher than I would have liked, I think it’s off the back of a tough training week where my body gets back to 4/5 days of running. That said the run was completed with an afternoon to spend in good company enjoying the sun and a picnic in Regents Park.
Finally last weekend we headed to Silverstone to watch the F1. I still had to run so shuffled my schedule and fit in a run on the Friday. Leaving the campsite I had no plan and was hoping to wing a 15ish mile route…unlike the previous two runs this time it was wet, very wet. A few passing torrential downpours drenched my kit but I found the temperature much more forgiving. My Garmin conked out of battery so threw on endomondo just to help guesstimate how far I had gone. I had charged my Garmin but for some reason whilst traveling it had gone into a spasm and discharged itself, helpful! As I said, I had no route planned so I just went for it. I found myself about 3 miles from our tent with a major A-road to cross OR a run back the 8m I had just covered. I was regretting the poor preparation somewhat! Against my desires I decided to run along the grassy verge on the side of the road, this was far from a pavement requiring me to duck under speed signs and avoid speed cameras! Fortunately I made it back to camp, drenched but content following a reasonable run, awesome.
Interspersed between the long runs I have made it down to my local running track a few times. Having not been on a track since school the experience felt weird to begin with, by the 5th lap I was experiencing a totally different feeling I quite enjoy the 45min sessions and the different drills each week create a nice variation.
I did intend on getting this post up last week but failed! I have done another long run since…on Saturday I did a WET 18miles. I found this tough, even with gels at about 13/14 miles. My energy levels were too low which i put down to poor eating the night before and an insufficient breakfast. You’d have thought by now id be sorted with regards to pre-run diet but clearly not!! Still I made it to the end somehow and it was now time for some R&R!
That’s 58 miles of long runs in one post and not even really touching on the midweek sessions! Getting busy again over here…!