Stroke Association 10k & Role Reversal – Weekly Training Recap

This week has been absolutely manic so it’s a good thing I’m beginning to taper! I spent Monday to Wednesday in London for work where I managed to squeeze in 2 runs. Nae chance I was trekking my running gear that far then not using it!

Ricky was running the Stroke Association 10k at Cramond on Sunday so I took on the role of supporter for the morning. I’m please to say he ran a great time of 50:29 despite minimal training. I thought it was particularly nice of him to hold back enough to finish just shy of my personal best!!

Monday: Easy run
4 miles at 9:00 pace
This was a bit of a ridiculous idea, really. I ran it after dinner & a glass of wine when I decided Tower Bridge looked so pretty all lit up that I wanted to run along it. Obviously I got a bit of a stitch. Not the most worthwhile run but hey ho!

Tuesday: Intervals
4 x 400m at 6:30 pace
These went surprisingly well given the intervals involved some serious tourist dodging!

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Personal Training

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Long/Tempo
6 miles at 8:05 pace
The first mile or so of this loop is ever so slightly uphill and seeing my pace creep up towards 9 minute miles did not make me happy! So, I switched to clock view and just ran by feel, averaging out at just over 8 minute miles over the whole 6 miles.

I think this is the perfect example of when relying on GPS can be a bad idea. In a race, I’d likely have pushed harder to keep my pace low at the start, probably knackering myself in the process. At Alloa Half on Sunday I’m planning to ‘be more chill’ about my pace, for lack of a better phrase! We’ll see how that goes…

Sunday: Rest

The plan for this coming week is a couple of short runs, a bit of carb loading and (hopefully!) a great race. I’ll probably check in with a quick post about my race plan on Saturday, once I’ve actually decided what that is!


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