Catchup on last week.
After Tuesday’s dismal efforts, I went out Wednesday thinking I’d see how it went, taking it easy if necessary. Should have been 5 miles Easy, then 5 miles at marathon pace. Set off and it was all feeling OK. Not great, but OK. Hip not complaining, back feeling looser. Started off a bit slow, but gradually picked the pace up, such that by the 5 miles it was all running along happily. After that I decided that the pickup to MP was in order. I’ve got it into my head that MP is much faster than Easy. It’s not, it’s ~ 45 seconds different. So why was I suddenly running 45 seconds under MP? Not sure. Pegged it back to where I should be. I did keep drifting up towards 11:00, rather than sitting at 11:15. I’m going to have to keep an eye on that – running too fast in the first stages of a marathon will severely risk an uncomfortable finish.
Thursday was a run with Janet. Increased the distance she ran by ~ 0.5 mile, and, again, she ran that non-stop in pretty good pace. Having run back to work with her, she headed in and I headed off and ran another 1.5 miles to bring the run to the 5 miles.
Facts & Figures: Wednesday/Thursday
Distance – 10.0/5.25
Time – 1:55:41/1:02:03
Average pace – 11:34/11:49
So a pretty good pair of runs. After Thursday’s run I went to yoga and managed to stretch & contort my lower body into feeling much better than it had done all week. Upper body ached like mad on Friday though – so it must be doing some good! Janet was also feeling the extra distance in the legs, but in a good way. We’ll stick to the same distance next week – don’t want to overdo it.