The Need For Speed…..

First of all, i’d like to start off by saying I don’t blog enough….there is so much to update you on since the last blog! So to fill in the blanks, let me give you a bullet point list of what has happened:

1) I finished marathon training and ran a 3:14….not the target time I was shooting for
2) I had a week off, got quite ill, got better again then got ill again
3) Things are only just starting to get back to normal.

For more info, everything has been documented over on my YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/c/TheFODRunner

Now we are up to date, let me fill you in on where things are at right now and what my thoughts are leading into summer training.

Even before I take my first step starting a marathon training block, in my head I know straight after the goal race I will drop back down the distance ladder.  It’s just the way I do things, i’ve been in a position where after my first marathon I tried to get back into long distance work and I totally lost my spark, mojo, energy, whatever you want to label it.  It took a while but I found that changing focus really helped me gain some momentum again and since that day I have always taken this tactic after marathon training.

This thought process hasn’t changed and what i’ve found over time is that buzz for speed gets stronger…so ultimately, the second my marathon journey ended, the need for speed was at the forefront in my mind.

So as a lead into summer training, i’ve started off the weeks on lower mileage due to some illnesses that have struck me down but the speed workouts are back and I couldn’t be happier.  There’s something about blasting round a track at a pace that’s…well…in your own mind…blistering, along with trying to keep things under control enough to finish the session.

It’s a far cry from 4 x 15 minute reps during marathon training where you’d just click into and uncomfortable cruise control pace and chug along…. the pace change and shock to the body when you hit the track for a 10 x 2 minute session is frightening but also exhilarating and an adrenaline rush.

I am delighted to be racing again next week….twice!  On Tuesday evening I have the Rose Inn race, which is 4 miles flat roads, a nice speed session and warm up for this weekends Summer Speedway 10k in Chepstow.  I am fully aware that I am not in PB shape right now but just to get racing these shorter distances again excites me and I can’t wait to continue the journey throughout the summer before we start marathon training again in the Autumn.

The high’s and low’s of marathon training…mid plan update

I thought it was about time I put pen to paper…or keyboard in this instance about how marathon training is going.  I’m absolutely loving the video making process at the moment and the marathon training series that i’m producing has to be the most exciting one yet….for me anyway!  However there are always things you can’t quite convey via video that are easier to jot down in a written format, therefore I want to give you a quick overview as to how i’m feeling heading into week 8/17 of marathon training.

The first thing I must say is a big thank you to my coach Doug from TMR coaching, he has been working hard, adapting the plan to suit along the way, providing insights into progress, snippets of information on what can be improved and overall encouragement when i’ve needed it the most.

After a great start in weeks 1 & 2 clocking 45 & 46 miles respectively, I headed into week 3 with an optimism I hadn’t felt since this time last year when we were training for the Newport Half Marathon.  For 16 weeks I trained like a beast alongside James without injury, illness or pretty much any issue….insane to think that’s possible in the height of winter when you have kids carrying lurgy everywhere they go!

This year was to be different…I started my week off with an easy run on Monday and after that felt very “sinusy”, something I wasn’t used too as I don’t suffer with sinus issues that much.  Thankfully I had the Speedway 10k at the end of that week so I allowed myself time to calm the mileage down and rest.  I took every opportunity to steam breath, use the salt nasal spray and drink as much homemade vegetable soup as possible in a bid to fight off illness.

Sunday came, I felt 90% better and ready to race, we clocked a new 10k PB of 36.17 and I felt like I was ready to jump back on it in week 4.

Yeah…that didn’t happen either!

Again, I attempted my easy Monday run, felt great, Tuesday rolled around and I went back down hill again…this time with more “virus” type symptoms such as major fatigue, headaches, sickness etc.  I tackled Tuesday night’s fartlek session and that was me down and out for the next week.  I did not run until the following Tuesday.  In my 4 and a bit years as a runner, I haven’t been ill enough to take me out of running for that long…coupled with that fact that I was just getting started with marathon training, it just crippled me mentally.

The following Tuesday saw the commencement of week 5 and I did my best to get up and go, starting back with a slower than normal fartlek session.  I took an extra day off (Monday) for precautionary reasons, not wanting to rush things as all I kept thinking whilst I couldn’t run was “I don’t want to be off for this long again”.  The remainder of the week was sluggish but at least we were moving forwards.  I knew it felt like we were starting from scratch but it was good to be training and I wasn’t going to take it for granted.  That week ended on 40 miles…a solid amount to return too.

Week 6 is where we finally had lift off…no more excuses, just training and getting back to where we needed to be mileage wise.  Monday was slow and a struggle but that was the last time I can say that about a run until this present day.  Tuesday’s session was a belter, I felt alive, I felt like things were working again and my mojo was definitely back!  We finished the week strong and finally hit over 50 miles.

Week 7 followed a similar pattern except for that fact that the Monday run wasn’t as sluggish as week 6’s.  Both midweek sessions were completed well and then the turning point came on Saturday morning….

I have been doing long run workouts every weekend in a bid to increase my speed endurance and mental strength over the distance…the first 6 weeks have been based around putting “efforts” in on the hills but this week was the week we got more specific, we hit the tarmac.

45 minutes warm up followed by 3 x 20 minutes at half marathon pace (6.05 min per mile) followed by 45 mins cool down.  Now in the previous weeks with similar workouts we’ve been hitting late 6’s / early 7’s due to the hills so I anticipated this week…with fatigue, i’d hit around 6.20.

The thing is…I didn’t.  My splits ended up being 6.21, 6.15, 6.12!  Now to put this into perspective, the first 8 minutes of each rep were a gentle incline on a rather wet and (in places) muddy trail.  We then peeled out onto the road for the final 12 minutes.  I could see my watch was hovering on 5.55/6.00/6.05 on those sections and it felt amazing!  To hit that speed deep into the plan within the highest mileage weeks i’ve ever run was an incredible feeling…it all just clicked!

I finished the workout clocking 21 miles and finished the week on 55 as a total.

Overall, it hasn’t been the easiest start to a plan i’ve ever had but ultimately we are now making progress and that for me is key.  I am super keen to push on now into this next part of the plan and really start to dial into marathon pace.

Onwards and upwards….

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2018 Running Recap

2018 has been a big, big year….not only have my my personal bests come right down, my love for the sport has grown even more….however this year hasn’t been without its setbacks.

January kicked off in an awesome way with some of the most consistent training I have ever put in, last winter through to March this year was pretty much all 40+ mile weeks which is where I tend to find my sweet spot is.  That consistent training which started back in the last week of November 2017 led me to have a fantastic run at the Lliswerry 8, smashing the sub 6 minute mile pacing barrier by clocking a 47:20 over 8 miles…that’s 5:55 pace!

From there I thought “this was going to be my year”….until March came around and the “Newport Half Marathon”, the race I had been training for over the past 16 weeks was cancelled due to bad weather.  This was rearranged for 2 weeks later and subsequently cancelled again due to bad weather.  In a vein attempt to not let my fitness go to waste I attempted my own half marathon on our local industrial estate but to no avail, injury struck at mile 7 with an excruciating pain in my right glute.

This injury forced me to take a step back, possibly a sign from my body that enough was enough.  The previous 16 weeks were the most intense training I had done and this injury inadvertently allowed me to fully absorb all the training so when I came back onto the racing scene in May, I smashed my Half Marathon PB of 1.27.34 and came in at 1:24 at Hereford Half Marathon.  This was also the month of the OMM Marathon Lite event in my home area, the forest of dean!

The OMM event didn’t go to plan, even though we came in 7th place, I was racing in 2nd place until mile 15 but a recent surge of hot weather after a bitterly cold winter took it out of me and on the day.  Other races this month were the spring mile, a one mile track race where I recorded a 5:20 mile and the fountain five, a five mile trail race in our local area….I can’t remember where I came and my time but I know I twisted my ankle and that put me out of action for a week or so!

From there we headed into the summer months and took our 10k PB down to 36:41 at the summer speedway 10k, followed by the gloucester 10k a month later.  The gloucester event didn’t go quite as well as the summer speedway but never the less we still came in a respectable 37:51.

Fast forward to August and we came up against the severn bridge half marathon, arguably my best race of the year.  All of that winter and summer (very hot) training had well and truly bedded in as we came across the line in 1:20:48…this was way above and beyond anything I expected as the course isn’t particularly flat but on the day my body just responded well and I rolled with it!

However, it was at this stage where the downturn of the season came, stitch after stitch plagued race results…the swindon half marathon in september started this all off in style!  We were flying at sub 80 minute pace and the worst stitch I had ever had ground me to a halt…I had never walked in a road half marathon but theres always a first time for everything!  From there we managed to get ourselves through the forest of dean autumn half in 1:23:51 and the severn bridge night race & newent 9 events to round off the year, however it was not the finish I was hoping for!

I am pleased to say that we have got ourselves through the stitch issues (major muscle knots) and are now back to training 40+ mile weeks and I am feeling fresher than ever.  I cannot wait to tackle 2019 and give it my best shot!

Working With A Coach

Something I never thought I would say….I have a running coach!!

It feels odd, rather surreal but also very exciting.  As someone striving to continually learn, grow and develop in the sport of running, the internet has been a key source of information.  However, like anything, there are lots of different opinions, contradicting pros and cons and way too many “training methods” to comprehend.

Up steps Doug from TMR Coaching…and before anyone says anything, no this isn’t part of any arrangement for me to write this, no i’m not being paid to write this and yes these are 100% my thoughts and feelings.  There….transparency as always!

Anyway, my development has always come from thriving on training plans, I love the routine, structure and progress that I made everytime I would undertake one.  However there was always this lack of fundamental understanding as to what I was actually doing.  Yes, I was clear that each session throughout the plan had structure, had a purpose and had its benefits, however I always felt slightly out of my depth when I was questioned about what I was doing.  My stock answer was always “my plan told me to do it”.

So when Doug came on the scene and we started working together things changed rapidly.  I think the most major improvement I have found in this short period of working with him has been my improvement in the “why” I do what I do.  As a competitive runner, I strive to be better, improve my times and become more resilient to what training throws at me but as I mentioned above, the lack of knowledge has always been my downfall.

Since working together we have targeted a very weak area I have… my cadence.  Being so tall and having such a long stride I could only dream of being able to “turn my legs over” closer to the “standard” 180 steps a minute.  However, this is slowly becoming more of a reality far quicker than I could of imagined.  Recent workouts have had massive improvements, comparing a 400m rep session from a few months back to my 15 x 2 minute rep session I did just yesterday, my cadence has increased from 166 up to 172/174.

A great coach can home in on your weaknesses and highlight them too you…often we don’t need to run further or faster to become quicker, but tune up our efficiency.  In some way shape or form we all have aspects of our running form that, if corrected, can shave seconds of our minutes per mile pace and result in far greater performances before any of the “harder training” even commences.

I cannot wait to build a closer relationship with TMR Coaching in the future, the first month has been a rapidly positive change and I cannot wait to continue on the journey!

Starting A New Training Cycle

It’s been fantastic to look back and reflect on the running year so far…the goals achieved, hurdles overcome and the challenges that haven’t quite been conquered, its all part of the journey.  Reflecting for me is an important way to digest what has been going on over the past training cycle as when i’m in it, i’m fully focused and committed to the job in hand and its very difficult to take a helicopter view of the situation unless you are physically forced to stop.

That’s what i’ve been doing for the past week whilst running easy.  Coming off the back of two half marathons (one of which being a PR) is a very rewarding but tiring and it’s always important to get re-energised as the next challenge is right around the corner.  Easy weeks are a great time to allow your body to just absorb mileage without the major stresses interval and threshold training throw at it and allow you to embrace the improvements you’ve made over the recent training cycle.

However I am now more than ready to get started with the next challenge, I am determined to finish this year on a high and want to push my body more than its been pushed so far in order to better myself. Running for me is a way I can go out and push hard, its something I can fully commit to and give my best in every sense whilst learning the art of patience, practicing structure and working on being more self disciplined.

This week (17/09/2018) see’s me starting my new 10k plan and I am delighted to be working with Doug Stewart from TMR Coaching.  If you have followed my journey on Youtube you will know I am much better at racing shorter distances but much prefer to train for longer distances.  This is partially because I prefer the workouts of a half marathon / marathon plan but also due to where I live, I can’t help but want to go out and run as far as possible every weekend just to appreciate my surroundings.  So this brings me to why I am extremely excited about starting this next block of training….

I have never really training properly for a 10k race before but I feel that due to racing so well at the shorter distance events, its worth diving in head first to a proper plan.  To clarify….. I am targeting The Newent 9 on November 17 2018, which is a 9.5k race (so just shy of 10k) but not only this, 9 days before (Wednesday 7th November 2018) is the Severn Bridge 5 Mile night race.  These two races are some of my favourites on the racing calendar, I have done them both for the last 2 years and always had great success there, however I have never gone to either of them with any specific training under my belt, so that’s where this year could be much more interesting.

I am a firm believer that long distance training is of huge benefit to the shorter distance events, and the shorter distance training sets you up well when jumping into longer distance training.  This has been a recipe of success for me most of the time but I have never committed to more than 6 weeks of shorter distance training at a time, which is why I am super excited to see what I can do at these upcoming races and also see how it will benefit me come January when marathon training starts.

I will be working with Doug up until these races and hopefully beyond if all goes well.  I would like to continue the shorter distance work right up until Christmas, schedule in a nice break over the festive period then jump straight into marathon training come January.

I am excited, very very excited.  Call me weird, odd, strange, whatever else you can think but I really cannot wait to dive into this plan head first, finish the year strong and come out the other side of these races in the best shape i’ve ever been.  Time will tell…..

 

Training Through The Summer…A Success?

This summer saw the UK have one of the best heatwaves we have had in a long time….and still as I type this, the lack of rain we’ve had is very unusual.  We mustn’t complain, it’s been a while since we can say “we’ve had a decent summer”, I think when we look back on 2018 at the end of December we can certainly use this phrase.

As for running, the heat has made it slightly more challenging but I made a point of getting out in it, not letting it stop me and tried to embrace it as I knew it wouldn’t last forever.  So as I look back on this summers training with the first day of Autumn tomorrow, can I say its been a success?  With a 10k and Half Marathon PB under my belt I think we can say it’s definitely been a scorcher, but it hasn’t been all cupcakes and rainbows.  Let’s dive in…

Initial Heat Struggles

So as with most of us UK runners,we don’t do so well in the heat. When it initially landed you could smell BBQ’s everywhere you walked, suddenly vests and flip flops started appearing in the streets and the threat of a hose pipe ban was mentioned on numerous occasions.

I made a point of getting out in the heat and did this very cautiously. I started off by walking everywhere, ensuring 2 miles were covered per day on foot in the first week.  Each run that week was also done early morning or late evening to stay out of the heat.

Week 2 rolled around and I got more confident, attempting my easy runs in the midday heat.  At the time it was a struggle but by the end of the week I felt like I was running with a turbo booster on my back.  The days when we had slightly cooler weather I felt like I was flying and I knew how important heat training can be for endurance work.  As I don’t live anywhere that would allow for good altitude training (as with 99% of the UK) I knew this would be a great alternative.

By week 3 the heat wasn’t even a concern and I continued my training as per normal, racking up the mileage again to my normal 40/50 miles and we were back to normal.

To Hot For Racing

So early June just before the heat wave started I clocked my new 10k PB of 36.39 at the Summer Speedway in Beachley, Chepstow. With Gloucester 10k in July a few weeks later I eyed another strong performance, unfortunately this wasn’t to be. Although it didn’t affect training anymore, racing in these hot conditions was brutal and at 9am it was already 24 degrees and rising…I came in over a minute slower than I had a month before and only 6 seconds quicker than last years time.

As a competitive person and someone always looking to better themselves…this was a tough pill to swallow.  I felt like my training had been great and I was really well adapted to the heat but as I stated above, racing in it was just a step too far.  It has certainly made me hesitant of racing in the summer next year.

Stop And Start Throughout August

I thrive on routine so for me my normal 40/50 mile weekly target is my bread and butter of my running week.  However when it comes to school holidays and someone who has two children in primary school, its a time of the year when we have to change and adapt…mould our routine around holidays and day trips or just miss the odd run here and there.

This isn’t something I take lightly….I appreciate there are bigger things in life as a very amateur runner but routine is everything to me so to see some weekly mileage totals around the 30 mark and others at 50 annoys me slightly!! I know it might sound petty to some people but I know my body thrives on a solid 7/8 week training block of 40+ miles so I know I could of got more from myself this summer.

Having said that, it’s been the best summer i’ve had with the family and I wouldn’t trade the lack of running (despite my moaning) for anything.  Our children are only young once so its important to make the most of their time off.

Final Thoughts….

To achieve a 10k and half marathon PB this summer has been something I couldn’t of imagined…I always believed we race at our peak in spring and autumn but this summer has proven otherwise.

I am keen to finish off the year strong now with some more hard work before we jump into marathon training in January.  Winter for me is my best time of year to train but I am determined to make this Autumn just as successful.  I still have that fresh taste of success and I want more.

Stressed And Running….Not A Good Combination!

Dealing with stress is something we all go through in life and we all handle it in our own ways. In my particular case I tend to go for a run, it helps clear the mind and replenish my energy supplies (ironically) in order for me to deal with things in a more calm and composed manner. What happens though when the stress levels get too much for running to be able to help deal with it….thats what I am experiencing now… or I should say “was” experiencing over the last week or so.

I use my videos to deliver content in a shorter snappier way, although for those of you who watch them will understand I tend to fail on that and ramble on far too much! However I wanted to delve in a bit deeper and share a bit more as to how I got into this situation and what I did to get myself out the other side!

Being self employed puts a huge pressure on a work life balance, especially when you have a family as well. It’s something my wife and I have dealt with for a few years now and 9/10 we get it right….but on the odd occasion we don’t. Work is going really well at the moment and I can’t complain, it pays the bills and allows us to be flexible….what it doesn’t do though is provide time off!

Over the past 2 weeks I have been eating uncontrollably and have put on half a stone….the first few days I just thought it was my training causing me to eat in excess but as the days progressed I realised it was way over normal, even when I am in the height of marathon training. I brushed it under the carpet but other little signs were creeping into the picture, low patience levels, limited attention span, the mind flitting from one thing to another.

Last Friday it all came to a head when my wife and I took some time off to go to a music concert, we had an amazing time, loosened up and enjoyed child free time. We got home in the early hours of Saturday morning and I managed to muddle my way through the day feeling really tired, however I still managed to get up at 5.30am Sunday morning to get my 20 mile run done.

Once home, that’s when it hit me. I felt like I had been hit by a bus….it seemed that Friday night was my bodies chance to finally let go of all the stress and tension I had been carrying around and Sunday’s long run emptied my body of all its remaining energy.

Due to this, my weeks training has been thrown out due to me having severe energy level issues. Monday I couldn’t even contemplate a run, Tuesday I had a gym induction, which is positive but that sucked my time and energy to get a run done and so Wednesday was my only day to get some running squeezed in. I approached Wednesdays run with caution, wanting to do a session or some kind of workout but with the understanding in my mind that I couldn’t even contemplate running at any sort of intense pace.

It was at that moment when I pushed the reset button and just ran. The camera was playing up so I stuffed that in my pocked…dialled into my running form and zoned into enjoying running. I can safely say it was the best run of the year so far! Completely revitalising and re energising, not having to worry about hitting splits, running certain distances and what time I had to be done by.

That run opened my eyes as to what I need to do in the future when I am encountering such issues again…throw away the plan and embrace the enjoyment of running again. I am so lucky to be able to run on the trails where I live and sometimes we forget about our surroundings and focus too much on goals and targets.

Now I feel ready to tackle the upcoming marathon challenge that faces me on the 5th May 2018.

If you ever feel like it gets too much for you…just remember why you started running and go back to basics. Its great to dial into that feeling of enjoyment again.

The Lliswerry 8 Road Race Report

11 weeks into an advanced half marathon training program and I was ready for a race….yes there is still 5 weeks to go but when you dedicate all your running time to training, either solo or with a friend there comes a point when you need a bit of competition….and that ladies and gentlemen was the reason the Lliswerry 8 road race was booked!

I knew that I would be going stir crazy by this point in the training plan so I solved that problem by booking a race.  This race was recommended by my local club and for good reason!  A supposed “local race” turned out to be a field of 796 strong runners, bringing in the best from across the south west and Wales.

Having been a bit “chesty” the week before I was a bit dubious about how I would get on, but had decided on Thursday that I wouldn’t care about time and that the purpose of this race was to get my competitive juices flowing.  I also wanted to be “put in my place” and to sit back and absorb all of the great runners around me, i’m a bit like a sponge when it comes to absorbing knowledge and when i’m surrounding by great runners that lights my spark so to speak!!

Thankfully, the morning of the race arrived and I was feeling slightly better….so alongside by training and recent “efforts” i’d been putting in, I thought that a goal of 48 minutes would be good to keep in the back of my mind.  However I also decided that today was the day that I wouldn’t be a slave to my watch and that considering most of my training has been done on “feel”, the race would be no different.

The gun went and I positioned myself about 5/6 rows back from the front, the idea of this was to a) stop me from going out to fast and b) give me a chance to see how I felt…the last thing I wanted was to bomb off, my tight chest to kick in and then having to pull out.

Luckily, this was a smart move and I slowly started to feel my way into the race, gradually moving up past people, listening to their breathing and realising I was working nowhere near as hard as they were.  This “breathed” confidence in me (excuse the pun) and I pushed on.  Hearing my watch beep for the first mile was the first time I got in tune with “technology” and for a split second I glanced to see what i’d done.  Determined not to react like I normally would if I saw a “too quick” or “too slow” split, I mentally prepared myself and to my surprise I went through at 5.54.

From there I didn’t look back, the next time I thought about my watch was when I heard a beep but after conquering that mental battle at mile one of “not caring” what it said….the rest of the mile splits didn’t worry me and mile two was a similar time…5.55.  Mental toughness is something I think runners learn after time and cannot be taught straight away….we are stubborn creatures of habit and modern day marketing teaches us to “showboat” and “show off”, so to break this mould was oddly satisfying!  Especially seeming as every runner I passed must of checked their watch at least twice as I got closer and past them.  At that stage I thought to myself “what are you checking it that much for?” and then I realised that was me not so long ago!

The mental toughness continued when we hit the turn around and headed back into the wind, clocking a third mile of 6.14.  Determined not to “stress” and “react” to my 20 second loss on time in that mile and more so think logically, I simply told myself “you ran into the wind and you worked hard but am still in control, trust yourself”.  This mentality paid dividends as the 4th mile clocked back under 6 minutes and at that stage I was beginning to over take around 5/6 runners a mile.  They had clearly worked hard running into the wind and it had taken it out of them somewhat.

Miles 5,6 & 7 passed and still I felt strong.  At the 10k mark I had hit a new PB of 37.13 and at that stage we hit the head wind again, but I was feeling so “in control” that I put the hammer down and put the effort in for the last 1.8 miles.  Passing more and more runners I got to the final mile with breathing space in front and behind, allowing me to enjoy the race and conclude that this had been my most successful race to date.

Finishing with a chip time of 47.20, averaging 5.55 minute mile pace, I concluded that the success of the day wasn’t the time or the 25th place, but the feeling that I have conquered the “addiction” of checking the watch.  Running by feel is the way forward for me and I hope to encourage other runners to get more “in tune” with their running and not be sucked into all this marketing that tells us we need x,y&z to make us the best.  Besides, who wants to be the person with all the gear and no idea?

You can check out my race vlog and lowdown on the performance on my YouTube channel here.

Thanks so much for reading and I hope to keep this blog more up to date this year!

2017 Update – Better Late Than Never!

Greetings and a very belated Happy New Year!

First of all I want to start off by apologising for the lack of content on the blog….I made a new years resolution to get regular content on my YouTube channel and so although that has worked…the blog has dropped off! I shall however endeavor to keep it up to date more regularly!

So Let’s just recap on where we finished training wise in 2016 and where we have kicked off from in 2017…..

2016 was a great finish to the year….solid blocks of training documented in the blog section meant that some PB times were set in the shorter races.  A great 8 days were had off over Christmas and things kick started back in the first week of January.

2017 has seen me embark on a 10 week training plan courtesy of Dan Page, a very talented running coach and quick runner himself!  I sought Dan’s advise at the beginning of the year because my first race in March would be a 20 mile race.  For those of you who have followed my running journey on YouTube, you will know that my only race over half marathon distance was the Gloucester Marathon and that didn’t end well.  I had been chatting to Dan towards the end of 2016 and with this race in mind the majority of my long runs in November & December were at least 15 miles.  I felt this would give me a good base to build from come January….

Fast forward to today (March 7th 2017) and the race is only 4 days away… training has been great…9 solid weeks of hard work (bar one bout of illness that took me out for two sessions) has seen me clock around 40 miles a week straight and multiple long run workouts that nearly broke me are now in the past!

The 2017 racing journey begins this Saturday morning at 9:00am and I can’t wait to attempt to run a solid 20 mile race without fading too much at the end….a week later we get back to half marathon distance with the Forest of Dean Spring half marathon.

We then embark on another training block for our May races….

I can’t wait to get back out there this Saturday and get racing again, make sure you keep up to date over on YouTube as a race vlog will be coming!

Running Training 19/12/2016 – 25/12/2016

Training is finished!! This week is just a fun and casual week, winding down to a nice week off.

Monday

Easy 7 miles (last mile hard) – Went out for a nice easy 7 mile run, felt great so just pushed for a last hard mile. This is just the philosophy I have taken over the second half of the year due to other peoples feedback of finishing stronger on runs. I don’t do it on every run but just when I feel like it.

Tuesday

Went out for another nice easy run, this time with James for 10 miles. Again, kept the HR low and just plodded around clocking up the easy miles working on the base fitness.

Wednesday

Rest

Thursday

Typical me….went for a final easy run before stopping for a week, got to mile 5 and wanted to up the tempo so did a harder final 2 miles, rounding up my total for 25 miles on the final week.

Friday

Rest

Saturday

Rest

Sunday

Rest

Summary

Lovely and easy week, absolutely over the moon with the second half of the year and delighted to finish strong and can’t wait to kickstart 2017!