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Speed session with a sloth*

* I don’t know the correct term to describe an ex sloth turned ultra runner.

I had a great run this morning. I even started before 10am (just).

Louise (abradypus) is training for an ultra marathon and is sensibly grabbing friends for company on some of her many runs. She asked if I’d like to do a speed session with her. I agreed as these sort of sessions are hell (or never done) on your own but are great marathon training. Plus it’s always good to have company and the best way to get me out the door!

We are fairly similarly paced and ran most of Rutland Marathon and some build up races together last autumn. Up to now Louise has had the edge on endurance and me on speed. However with all the fantastic training and miles she has done recently I was quite ready to be beaten on both and to have to pull the ‘old lady card’ I have up my sleeve! Fortunately we were both as ready as each other for a mini breather after every 2 laps and our ability to talk was fairly well matched at each pace.

The plan was 10 mins at 10.00, 9.30, 9.00, 8,30, 8.00 and 7.30m/mile pace. I have a good loop in Hyde Park which is roughly a mile so we agreed to try 1 mile at each pace. I think we did quite well…


It’s funny how that even with us running side by side our Garmins still gave slightly different paces, of course the fastest pace is right!

Janathon day 15, 6 miles. Janathon total 66 miles run.