Week Seven:

Runs – 3

Miles run – 16 miles

Average pace – 9.04 min/mile

Feeling – relaxed

How is it the end of week seven of my training already?!  Week Seven marks the end of the go faster phase – from next week, I really start to increase my distance.  Reflecting on the whole phase (6 weeks), I’m not sure I’ve actually got much faster – I seemed to peak quite early on and I’ve struggled to replicate those 8 minute miles in the last couple of weeks, for which I largely blame a head cold that wrote off much of week five.

The psychology of that has been interesting to observe.  As soon I as ran those faster miles, I started to expect that I would be able to do that every time and I became disappointed when I didn’t meet my own expectations – despite the fact that I am running faster than my plan tells me to.  Forgive the amateur psychologist moment (I find running and reflecting on my training a very helpful window into my life generally) but it seems to me that I am at my happiest when I don’t have expectations of myself.  As soon as the word “should” creeps into my thoughts, I make life really tough for myself.

Anyway, back to week seven!  This was an easier week – still a decent mileage but at a more comfortable pace to reduce strain on my body and let it recover a little – so 5 miles at a comfortable pace, a 3 mile jog and 7.5 miles at a comfortable pace.  And it felt good this week.  There isn’t a huge amount of difference between a slow, comfortable and fast pace for me (I actually find it really hard to run slower than 09:30min/mile! – never thought I would say that) but just taking the pressure off myself let me enjoy the runs much more.  It helps that the weather is getting better so I even braved running in shorts for the first time this year, although the leggings were quickly back on again the next day!

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Pale winter legs seeing sun for the first time in a while!

And in other exciting news, I will also be blogging about my training for the Uganda Marathon crew so keep an eye over at ugandamarathon.com/blog for my guest posts.


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