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!
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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