Hello hello, how’s everyone this morning? I spent the week before last battling a lingering cold, meaning I only ran once. Nobody needs to read a whole post about one run, but I’m back on it this week, just in time for a 12 miler! This is the longest training run I’ve ever done, usually making it to 10 or 11 miles before a half marathon.
Monday: Personal training session
6 miles at 8:10 pace
I ran this by feel, so am quite pleased to have managed a reasonable pace. It was actually quite nice to switch off and just run without constantly eyeing up my watch!
Wednesday: Personal training session
Unless you include a sprint to the train station to avoid a 30 min wait for the next train. Genuinely one of the best things about getting fitter/faster is being able to run for trains without getting sweaty & out of breath!
6x400m at 6:30 pace
Usually when I run intervals it’s in the afternoon/evening but as I was off work I did these first thing. Not gonna lie, a hard workout before eating isn’t the best idea I’ve ever had. I survived it though, and very much enjoyed my breakfast afterwards!
I also took my bike out for a wee spin after a very long stint of sitting in the garage. It was a very slow, short bike ride and I’ll definitely need to up my speed if I fancy trying out triathlon again! Still, my first time cycling with clip-in shoes in about 2 years and I didn’t fall off which is most definitely a success!
Luckily I’d planned to have a rest day because after one too many
bottles glasses of wine on Friday night I was struggling to do much else. I spent the day on the sofa, only moving to grab bagels & crumpets in an attempt to cure the hangover. Oops…
Sunday: Long Run
12 miles at 8:25 pace
I woke up feeling pretty dehydrated and sluggish so my longest ever training run of 12 miles didn’t exactly sound appealing. Still, I gave myself a few hours to wake up then dragged myself out the door.
Miraculously, this run felt pretty good! I don’t know if it was the unintentional carb loading on Saturday or something else but I ran this faster than my half marathon PB pace. Definitely a good confidence boost and now I’m really excited for my next half in 3 weeks time!
This week was week 7 of training for Alloa Half Marathon. You can find my previous weeks posts here: