This is what I have been doing this afternoon (and also last night);
I have been looking at so many plans (Thanks Rob for the suggestion of getting this month’s runners world mag, I picked it up on my way home yesterday). Out of interest I have also logged my details on the smart coach on the website- this gives me a 16 week plan (it would not go up to 20 which is what I have), although it only gave me 2 runs per week- maybe my half marathon time was too slow!
I am finding it hard, but I am getting closer, and have even started a work document which I am going to print off and tick the runs off week by week. I am trying to plan in advance for when the runs will need to be moved (eg parents evening week, weeks with extra staff meetings and so on) so that I do not have to decide each week, I will just know when my runs will be. I am sticking to the 3 runs per week, and also to the one 20 miler. (I know I keep going on about marathon talk but today the person they interviewed (last UK man to win London marathon) was saying again that newbies and slower runners should look at time on their feet and do a longest run of up to 3.5 hours, which for me would not get close to 20 miles, so I think I am happy in my decision not to do more of the really long ones).
This morning I had decided on 9 miles, as I have been doing the 8.5 ish run for a while and want to take the time to gradually increase. In the end I accidently did 9.6 miles- oops. I thought I knew the route but it turned out it was longer than I thought. I did see a poor little girl forming a phobia- she was being hissed at and chased by some horrible white geese which must have been the same height as her. She was crying and trying to run away but they were chasing her, and the guy with her was not picking her up. I always give those geese a wide berth so no wonder she was upset! My pace again was pretty even, and I even managed to speed up a little towards the end- on average it was 11.14 per mile. I think I might have to slow down a little more as my runs get longer, but we shall see. I want to maintain the same pace all the way through (which I did today) so I am going to see how the training goes. The smart coach has my long runs at a pace of 11.57, which might be more appropriate as they get longer.
I finally got home after 1 hour and 46 minutes, and then had to rush to the post office as I had missed a delivery.
Look what arrived;
A Foam roller ! Now I just have to work out how to use it- I did have an old copy of Womens Running magazine which had a load of pictures of different stretches (do you call them stretches? rolls?) to d0, but I think I accidently recycled it. That might be my job for tomorrow. Or if any of you kind people have links then please let me know. I had a quick roll on it- just for the backs of my thighs and it actually felt quite sore. I did not really think it would hurt. But it will do some good I am sure.
I also painted my nails this afternoon (I never usually use those boots vouchers when they give you £5 off, but it meant that nail varnish was only £2 so I got one, called Beanie, it looks like melted milk chocolate)- this was a good strategy as I really fancied opening a box of christmas chocolates but could not because the varnish was drying haha!
Enjoy the rest of saturday peeps 🙂