As the title of this post suggests, I spent some of this week running in snow near Strathyre. Ricky & I spent the weekend at a wee log cabin there and I managed to fit in a long run before returning to the hot tub. It’s a tough life! Here’s how the week’s training went:
Monday: Personal training session
5 miles at 8:00 pace
I was working from home so managed to fit this in at lunch time which I think accounts for the slightly faster pace. This was a pretty tough run, but I felt strong and really enjoyed it. Hitting 8 minute pace for 5 miles gave me a nice wee confidence boost too – even if I was struggling to stay awake all afternoon!
Wednesday: Personal training session
3x1600m at 7:15 pace, with 2 minutes walking recovery
I had a serious battle with myself about this session, concocting all sorts of excuses to bail on it. In the end I compromised and ran this on the treadmill rather than outside in the dark.
Weirdly, I really like 400m intervals (short & speedy) but hate doing mile repeats (long & painful). This session was particularly hard and I spent the last 800m of the last repeat convincing myself not to stop.
I have a bad habit of cutting intervals short when I’m struggling, but I know that pushing through in training is only going to make it easier in races. I’m actually pretty damn impressed with myself for finishing that last repeat. Small victories, eh?
Saturday: Long Run
10 miles as 4-3-2-1 with 2 minutes walking recovery (actual pace: 8:35, 8:15, 8:05, 7:50)
Before the Great Scottish Run last year I ran a couple of my long runs in this format. It’s a bit more fun (if you can call it that!) than 10 steady miles.
The first 4 miles included a few hills, lots of snow and an incredible view. The rest of the run involved less snow underfoot (easier on the legs) but more falling snow (i.e. baltic!).
This week has definitely been my favourite yet. My workouts have been challenging but fun, and I’m feeling a bit more confident after hitting some slightly faster paces. Nothing like a sub 8 minute mile after 9 miles to make you feel fast!