My marathon training continues with many ups and downs.
This week has been hard going. Janathon is over and it continues to rain. I’m now in week 7 of my training so the initial enthusiasm has gone but the end is not yet in sight. The miles and intensity are increasing and it’s getting tough.
After 14 miles last weekend I rested at the start of the week but then couldn’t get going again. It was cold and wet and apart from BMF I couldn’t get myself out the door for yet another loop of the same old routes. It doesn’t help that I am totally in love with my new bicycle and would rather be out riding it than running. But then I remembered my un-cancelled gym membership and compromised. I cycled to the gym, ran intervals on the treadmill and recovered with 20 gentle lengths of the pool before cycling home.
Today was even harder. I was out and about (yes on my bike again) but couldn’t muster the motivation to go out and run. Looking at my stats and what I’d left myself for the weekend I had a last minute pang of guilt (fear!) as I was about to pour a glass of wine. I threw my kit on and dashed out the door for a quick 30 minutes.
Yes, it turned out to be one of the good ones. Avoiding one street from my loop, because of the busy pavements at 6pm, I took a parallel poorly lit private road which was darker than I thought it would be. One way to keep up a good pace! Feeling good I kept up the effort.
The rain arrived minutes after I got home and the smug feeling got even better when I looked at my stats. A perfect progression run with miles at 9.35, 9.00, 8.24 pace. Couldn’t have run it better even if I’d planned it!