Welcome to week 12!  I’m tired!  😂 After running 12 miles on Saturday, all I have done is eat and try to sleep. Ok, that’s not exactly true, but as a quick summary it works.  I’ve decided to try and blog about the first two runs while they are still fresh in my mind, as last week I really didn’t do them justice.

Run 1: 3 miles on the treadmill

Monday’s run is usually 4.5 miles, but as it was raining quite heavily out, I went to the gym.  They were still doing renovations and painting, and it smelled like paint, so I cut the run short at 3 miles.  It was also quite awkward to be the only one on the open treadmills and to have the gym people cleaning and moving things about and I really felt in the way.  The run was ok, but I know the pace suffered with the smell of paint and all.

Run 2: 4.5 miles

Wednesday runs are always tough.  I take 2 hours of Pilates on Tuesday evenings, so Wednesday morning I’m usually a bit sore based on what we did in class.  There was a lot of hip and glute work last night and I was definitely feeling it this afternoon.  I ran a bit later as I had an appointment earlier in the morning and it was ok.  Not stellar or impressive by any means.

Now that it’s cooler here in Scotland, I need to remember to use my inhaler before my runs which I did today.  I did feel like breathing was a bit better, but it was then sucked away as I ran back directly into a chilly headwind.  😬 I’m also definitely feeling every extra pound I meant to shed by now.  I’ve gotten really, really good at maintaining, but I still have a ways to go, and I know that my running will improve once I do so.  I will probably continue to maintain now that I’m getting close to the end of the training, and after the half, get a more balanced approach between running, lifting, and cutting weight (just in time for the holiday season!- oh wait, that never applies to me unless you count Gingerbread lattes.) 😂

 

Tomorrow I will be running Monday’s speed work session, most likely on the treadmill as it’s supposed to rain all day here.  Hopefully I will be less sore tomorrow!

This week was a quiet and uneventful week for me.  I got all my training runs in and spent a fair amount of time worrying about every niggle I felt throughout the week.  At this point in training I’m bound to have some, I know.  I have stepped up the Epsom salt baths, stretching and foam rolling.

Run 1: 4.5 miles tempo run on the treadmill.

I felt this run went well, and I was happy with it.

 

Run 2: 4.5 miles

Not much to say about this, other than I could have kept a more steady pace.

Run 3: 3 miles

Bleh, too slow.


 

Run 4: 12 miles

12 miles is long.  It’s long enough that I actually ended up in Rutherglen!  That was a bit of a surprise! I was still terribly slow and that is something I definitely need to work on the rest of this month, but I am hopeful that the adrenaline and excitement of the race will help me pick up the pace.  I’d like to have a significant PR this time around.

But 12 miles is long and I think I definitely need to work on pre-long run fuelling as I felt that I could have had more energy overall.

I didn’t have much to say this week, so I didn’t blog about each individual run.  I missed my first training run on Monday as I hadn’t gotten much sleep and then I had my hair and makeup done for graduation pictures and it seemed a waste to take it all off to go for a run.  This bothered me more than I expected it to, and I was pretty annoyed with myself for not just getting up and going out on the run to start with.

Wednesday was a 4.5 mile run which was fine as was Thursday’s 3 miler.

Today was a very slow, very humid 10 miles that was fraught with technological issues.  My Fitbit kept either pausing itself or wasn’t un-pausing after I had stopped at traffic lights. And then Runkeeper paused and wouldn’t un-pause.  🙄  I have no idea what was going on, but finally I was done and back home.

I’ve certainly had better runs, but given that it was over 80% humidity while I was out there, I was ok with how it went apart from how slow I was.  I just couldn’t maintain a steady pace and I’m not sure if it was the humidity or I was just tired.  Hopefully, next week will be better for all of my runs!

 

 

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As part of running the Royal Parks Half Marathon, once again I will be fundraising for Switchboard LGBT.  To donate, please visit my fundraising page!  (Hopefully I can fix the pictures this week!)

I actually just wrote an entire post and it got lost, which is sad.  Although, I suppose it really doesn’t matter considering the fact that the last post I wrote had one view.  Meaning one person read it.  Just one.  😢  Which is also the number of people I’ve spoken to with my voice today, cats not included.  I’m not sure which is more pathetic.

At any rate, today’s run was once again on the treadmill, as Glasgow is quite damp and rainy at the moment, and there are few things in life I like less than getting my feet wet.  It was a run where it was a battle of wills; mine against the treadmill.  While I wasn’t overly tired or hungry or thirsty, it just felt like an overwhelming task for some reason.  I continued on, but I did want to just stop at mile 3 and go home.

I was glad when there was only a half mile left and I pushed it as hard as I could, just so it would be over.

The remainder of the week looks rainy, which is a bummer.  I was hoping it would be ok on Saturday for the race.  Hopefully the rain will hold off until after.

 

I know these posts aren’t exactly exciting, but it does show the realities of training for a race and how it feels to do so.  Some runs are fun, and some you are just in your head hoping you have the mental fortitude to make it through.  If there was a way to make that a bit more lively, I’d certainly be doing it!

Welcome to week 9!  Week 9 is where the training ramps up again in the form of tempo runs on Mondays.  Now, the run is meant to be done at a 9 mile per minute pace, which is very close to me sprinting all out.  I’m only 5’2″ and that is definitely not all leg.  😂

I did some investigating and found that the tempo run could be run 5 minutes fast 5 minutes slower- repeat until done.  So, this is what I did.  It was the practical solution.  I also ran this on the treadmill because 1. it was raining and 2. I can maintain a steady pace on the treadmill whereas trying to maintain a 9 and change pace outside doesn’t work well for me.

It went better than I expected, and I found I really didn’t need the 5 minutes of rest, more like 2-3 minutes if that.  Something to work on next Monday.  By the end, I was completely soaked through all my layers which was pretty gross, tbh.

 

Hopefully, the remainder of runs this week will go as well!