What a difference a week makes! After my bad run last week and having to cut my long run short by almost 4 miles I was a bit worried how this week might be and it was with some trepidation that I set out to do my hill repeats on Monday.
Almost as soon as I left the house I felt a bit of a stitch but I told myself it was all in the mind and I should just carry on. So I did and pretty soon my stitch was gone.
I have a favourite hill near me to do hill repeats, it’s about 400m to the top and I usually just stick to the bottom 200m to do fast hill repeats but this Monday was all about hill endurance. So up I ran, nice and steady, until I got to the top and then ran down the other side before turning around and running back up again. I did this 4 times without stopping, so about 2 miles of constant up and down hill.
I recently found out that Bournemouth marathon isn’t as flat as I thought it was and does include at least 2 bigger hills. I have been incorporating hill training into my plan but not as much as I would have done if I had looked at the profile earlier. I don’t know how but my flat races always turn out to have hills in them. Not that I mind hills, after all I have ran down a mountain before, but I just can’t pick a flat race for toffee!
My next run was my Wednesday group run which is always a nice run. It was a bit gray but there was a nice turn out. Only 2 more sessions left!
Thursday I ran what was supposed to be an easy 3 miles. It certainly felt easy, I had my music on, it was one of my regular routes, the weather wasn’t too bad. Only I managed to run the last mile in 8:38 without it feeling difficult at all. The other two miles were 10:28 and 10:18 respectively, which is an easy pace for me, so how I managed to run at a fast 5k pace for the last mile with a smile on my face and not feel at all puffed out is a mystery.
As I was meeting friends on Saturday I postponed my long run until the Sunday. I’m glad I did as Sunday was an overcast day and perfect for running. I had 13 miles to run and had a very pleasant time doing it. At the end of the 13 miles I felt I could have ran for longer, maybe not the full 26.2 miles, but at least 16 or 18 miles which I was happy with.
I’m hoping that this all means that my strategy of drinking more water is working and I won’t get any more cramps. I also made sure I had some Gu gel with me on the long run as I think they work best for me.
I am a bit nervous about the 23 miles I have to run this Saturday, mainly about getting cramps again and not being able to finish it. But having had a good week of running will hopefully allay nerves on the day!
How was your week running? Do you have a favourite hill for training on? Or do you avoid them at all costs?