I ended last week with a resolution to knuckle down to half marathon training and here I am one week later telling you that I certainly did more running this week.
Last Sunday’s gentle run at Delamere Forest was ok in terms of ongoing pain, and I was certainly ok to go to track on Monday evening. Track was tough but, apart from a brief pause after going over on my ankle (thanks to a hidden dip), I completed the whole session – and covered almost 5 miles. Tuesday morning and my legs were feeling it! Both calves were tight but, you know, I’d worked hard so that’s expected. I walked Jess and thing’s weren’t too bad.
Thursday evening and my son and I headed off to Woolston Park, Warrington for our first 10k race of the year and to celebrate the end of his exams. It was a cool (for June) evening with a few light showers, a lovely evening for a run. The race was two and a half laps in and around the park, it was a nice setting and the marshals were very supportive. I struggled with the distance, but with numerous little walk breaks I finished in 01:05:19 which was just faster than my 10k time trial a couple of weeks ago (by 26 seconds), so an improvement! My son was awesome, this was his first 10k race and he ran the whole distance finishing in a fabulous 51:59. . . my boy just gets better and better, and I couldn’t be more proud of him.
Saturday – parkrun day – and I had volunteered to tail walk as I knew I wouldn’t want to run so soon after the 10k. I was pleased that my tail walking duty was very gentle pace as since the race my right hip has been painful again. I just hope this is a transient thing and not symptomatic of something serious.
Sunday morning and the pain in my hip had eased so shortly after 7.30am I headed out for a gentle 4-ish miles, my main intention was to run all the way. It was a lovely morning, not too hot, not too sunny, not too windy, and I did it! I ran the whole 4.4 miles in 48 minutes, which as it happens is one-third of a half marathon. . . pro rata that gives me a half marathon time of two and a half hours (assuming I’ll be able to maintain a similar pace)
- no. of runs: 4
- total distance: 18.7 miles
- longest non-stop run: 4.4 miles
- pace: 10:56 min/mile
Have a great week,