Yesterday I met with Steph for a 10 mile long run in Milton Keynes. It was great fun and having a running buddy made it so much easier.
I find running with someone else really helps with pace. If I'm tempted to slow down, I can't. If I want to speed up, I can't. Not only that but Steph took on route planning duties and has run in MK for years, so when we came across flooded sections of our route, she knew the perfect way round without adding anything to the distance. In fact, somehow she managed to get us back to our start point on exactly 10 miles!
Now to get sorted with next week's training. Here's my schedule:
Monday - Easy 5km
Tuesday - Swim
Wednesday - Strength & Easy 8km
Thursday - Swim & Easy 5km
Friday - Rest
Saturday - 26km
Sunday - SLEEP!
I suppose the title of this kind of gives away the punchline. I recently ran a 5km PB and 10km PB. In fact, I beat my 5km PB time only to bring it down further still a few weeks later.
Were these things I’ve been training for? No, not really. In fact, my first 5km PB was purely because a good friend of mine told me I’d been running slowly recently. I set out that week with the intention of picking up the pace a little. At 1km I look down at my watch, realised I was flying and felt pretty fresh so thought I’d hold on and see what I could do. I was delighted at the end of the run to see I had brought my 5km PB down by 28 seconds to 25:37. However, it didn’t end there. When I reported back to my friend, he said “I’m sure you could go faster!” and proceeded to volunteer to pace me to an even faster PB.
Bright and early on 1st April I set off to Bushy Park in Teddington to see how fast I could run. For those of your not familiar with the significance of running at Bushy Park, it is the birthplace of Park Run, or the Bushy Park Time Trail as it was first called, and a regular training destination for Olympians and the national treasure that is Mo Farah.
Setting out with the aim of smashing out a sub 25min 5km we ran an anti-clockwise loop around the outskirts of the park. It’s safe to say, it wasn’t the warmest run, the headwind was freezing and took an awful lot of effort.
Despite not quite reaching my sub 25min goal, I was happy to have set a new personal best less than 10 days after bringing down my time. Now to chip off the final 14 seconds.
Still chuffed with my achievements considering a distinct lack of speed work and not training specifically for beating them.
Now it’s time to knuckle down and see what I can do.