Archive for February 2018

Not MORE running   Leave a comment

None on Monday though.

On Tuesday it was time to get back to shorter stuff training after my brief (foolish) foray into half marathon training. As it was windy (surprise!) and cold I decided on a longish warm up followed by 6 x 1k all with the wind behind. Thankfully I have a 4 mile stretch which no real roads to cross in which to do them. I (rather optimistically) decided to aim for 6.25 minute miling (4 minute k). Unsurprisingly I wasn’t able to do this pace but they were consistently 6.50 (4.15) so that’ll do for a start point.

Due to the freezing winds from the east and temperatures forecast to get progressively worse as the week marched on I swapped some of my sessions around which meant I did the 200 session on Wednesday. I upped it to 10 x 200. I tried to fit more with the wind behind but some were into it and sometimes it was side on so no escape. They were all ok but not the greatest what with inclement weather and the day after a reps session. These are really just to get my legs back moving fast so even at the slowest it’s faster than they’d ever have to move in a road race.

A 10 miler on Thursday.

An easy 5.5 on Friday.

A very tired and freezing and windy parkrun on Saturday.

Must learn to move arms whilst running

Today I watched the Brighton Half and was very pleased not to be running it. A bit Worthing style but with the wind on the final 3 mile stretch. So many people who were running shouted to me. I think that’s the wrong way round.

The weather looks like it’s going to be horrible next week which might help me not do too much (again). I feel much less tired after stopping the gym but that doesn’t mean I should overcompensate by doing too much running.

Now it’s time to watch the indoor athletics.

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Posted 25/02/2018 by Isobel Muir in Running

Zzzzzzz   Leave a comment

Because the half was so hard and horrible I decided to try and do some serious resting. I made it to Thursday which is pretty good for me. This was helped by windy and wet weather. On Thursday I wanted to try a tempo run but after a mile or so I realised I still wasn’t recovered from Worthing so I stopped the tempo after two miles and just carried on for a while at an easy pace. The first run back after a rest is always hard I find so it was perhaps silly to try and make it a tempo. Anyway it was out of the way so hopefully I’d be ok for the next day.

As my tempo legs were obviously out of action I decided to do some fast stuff on Friday. A repeat of the 8 x 200 I did a week earlier. It wasn’t utterly freezing which helped so all my reps were much quicker and no ice cream headache.

I do like doing fast things even though it makes me feel sick. I also like thinking this is elite men’s marathon pace that I managed for 30 seconds. Also Alex and Joe’s 1500 metre pace.

On Saturday it was the Arena age graded parkrun at Preston Park. I had no desire to do a parkrun and the weather had lied and it was freezing so I just ran round to be part of it seeing as I do nothing with Arena at the moment.

I then went to Emily in the afternoon to redeem my voucher that I received for my birthday. Oh, she does sports massage now! She asked if I wanted it hard. Obviously. I rued this choice as soon as I got off the massage table and was unable to walk. Though of course I actually loved it.

This morning (Sunday) my legs were pretty much still minced (thanks Lee for the analogy) so I abandoned my plan for a long run with a fast finish and just went out to run however my legs would like. This turned out to be a speedyish first mile or so followed by a jog home. 20 miles for the week.

Posted 18/02/2018 by Isobel Muir in Running

Half wit   Leave a comment

Having bailed out on a long run on Sunday I thought I should do something half related on Monday instead. The thought of a long run was too hideous to contemplate but I thought I might be able to manage 10 miles if I broke it into sections. After consulting the guru of long stuff I decided on 6 miles easy, 2 miles hard. It was utterly freezing, but bright and not too windy, with a few flurries of snow. I still wasn’t really up for it (whatever it was that made me bail out of Sunday was still afoot) and wanted to give up throughout so felt my fast last miles would be awful. They weren’t very good but 7.15 and 7.20 are about all I can manage at the moment. Hopefully come race day I’ll be able to eke out a bit more.

I rested on Tuesday to try and muster up some motivation.

On Wednesday I decided to attempt some fast stuff. There is a reason track season is in summer. – 3 temperatures do not help. I had a severe ice cream headache and my face was numb like I’d just been to the dentist. I tried to break into sprint mode but it was not happening. I managed some as-fast-as-slow-twitch-fibres-allow 200 metre (actually 35 seconds as programmed into watch) “sprints”. Although they were not in any way fast it was good to do some up on toes, fast stuff as I haven’t for months. I have to start somewhere and freezing, slow, February is as good a time as any. It can only get better from here on in.

I knew my sides and achilles would be dead on Thursday after my foray into fast so I did an easy run. It was eerily unwindy. Still freezing though.

More rest on Friday. I’m definitely feeling better for not having been to the gym for a few weeks but I want to still rest more but put more into my training sessions.

On Saturday I went out for a short jog just to wake up my legs ready for Worthing half on Sunday. It was horrifically windy, freezing and sleety. The wind kept threatening to trip me up by blowing my lifted foot into the other. Danged weather!

Today (Sunday) was the Worthing half. Tom managed to take these photos where I look like a real runner (wind behind, mile 3 or so). End of report.

Another almost 40 mile week. Hurry up decent weather so I can get some speed back. Many thanks.

Posted 11/02/2018 by Isobel Muir in Running

SensIsobel   Leave a comment

Monday Monday Monday Monday Monday again. A day of rest. God would be angry.

Tuesday was time to get back on the half marathon training wagon with a 7 mile tempo as decreed by the master of training, Sarah Sawyer. I knew this run was going to make me hate how slow I’ve become even though it is of course entirely my own fault. After a mile warm up it was time to see where I’m at. Having done nothing like this for ages (other than on a treadmill) I set of conservatively at a pace I hoped I could sustain for the 7 miles. This turned out to be approx 7.20 minute miling. At the time I was very disappointed and angry at myself about this but now (Sunday) I think it’s acceptable seeing as I’ve done nothing like it for months and I’m only on week 4 of consistent half marathon training. See, sometimes I can be less negative.

Wednesday was once more a rest day. I seem to have given up the gym. Although I love death class (and Core & Stretch) they tire me out too much. I’m becoming so sensible now. Slightly bad timing as my gym pass still has a few weeks to go but sometimes once I’ve decided something I can never go back. It gives me two more days to do a good running session and means I won’t be out of action for all the time after Wednesday evening. Also I don’t have to cycle 6 miles on ex gym days. Quality not quantity blah de blah.

On Thursday I did a mostly easy 9 miles but threw in one fast mile just to see if I’m even capable of sub 7 after Tuesday’s disappointment (at the time), a fast 100 metres and a fast 300 metres. I managed 6.45 for the mile which was ok but the other bits were slow. I’m looking forward to getting this half out of the way so I can add in a speed session a week. Proper short, proper fast.

Friday was just a short easy run, rendered less easy by being very windy on the outbound leg.

On Saturday I wanted to do a few faster bits within my run so this time did 10 x 1 minute fast, 1 minute jog. When I planned my route and set up the interval timer on my watch the wind was forecast westerly but come Saturday morning it was easterly which meant all my efforts were in the wind. This may have been for the best as they weren’t very fast so I can blame the wind.

Today (Sunday) I had planned to do an easy long run but I’m feeling run down and my sinuses hurt so I sensibly, again, decided to postpone it until tomorrow. I’ve already done 31 miles this week so I don’t think it’ll be detrimental to my overall plan. Whereas making myself ill by running when I’m not feeling 100% would be.

Posted 04/02/2018 by Isobel Muir in Running

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