Last week, I was really pleased with my progress. This week, I’m even more pleased! My running feels like it is moving into another plane and I’m bursting at the seems to share it with you all! So, let’s review!
OMG: Possibly my best running week ever!
This has been a really cool week for my running. Things seem to be really gelling and my performance has met my expectations and also surprised me. Let’s review:
- During the week run three times – YES! Did this Tuesday (2.22k), Thursday (8.1k) and Friday (8.1k)
- Run at least twice before work – Ouch! Only managed it once (Thursday) – I needed my bed I guess
- Try to run to work once – Yes! On Thursday, I ran home from work and on Friday I ran to work
- Run a 15k on Sat or Sun – YES! I did 15k on Sunday evening and 5k on Saturday including intervals
- Target total mileage Monday to Sunday of 35k BOOM! I got 38.42km! Go Kogsy!
How running makes me happy
Since figuring out my problem, I’ve been having a whale of a time with my running. Sure, they’re not all perfect and sure, I’m not hitting all of my targets all of the time. But I’m doing good enough. This is because I’m not trying to be the best, but the best I can be. And that’s what is making me damn happy these last few weeks – I’m operating at my best!
And there’s been a few surprises this week!
Freeing my mind from the shackles of structured plans means I’m being more spontaneous with my runs. For example, on Saturday, I decided to head out for a run and, before I got to the end of my street, turned it into an interval session.
I’ve always hated intervals…but here I was, looking to change things up a bit. It was bloody hard work but I was satisfied at the end of it all. So, running the intervals was the first surprise.
The second was when I glanced at my GPS watch and saw I was running a 4:15 m/Km pace! If that was translated into a marathon time, it would give me a sub-3hr marathon – which, as my goal is to run one in 3:05 is heartening. It showed me that I am physically capable of running that fast – even if for only a few hundred metres. This means that if I keep plugging away, I should be able to run that fast at a sustained pace to meet my goal.
This week’s training plan
I’ve had a really great week and here’s how I plan to build on it:
- Run three times during the week – including twice before work
- If my schedule allows it – and that’s not certain – run to/from work one day
- Get some strength cross training in (on top of my usual Pilates)
- On the weekend, my long run is 20k
- Total mileage this week = 40k.
That’s it for now – see you next week!