Weekly round up
Both runs this week were on the frosty side.
My first was on Tuesday and I decided to do some intervals. So off I trotted, starting with a warm up run of 1 km, then I did four repeats of 3 minutes at my 5k pace with a 1 minute jog.
The sun was shinning but it was rather cold, something that certainly makes it difficult to get going. I had to walk rather than jog for the minute in between each set. I finished with a slow cool down jog for 1 km.
In total I managed 3.18 miles in 32 minutes 44 seconds, so not bad but definitely hard work!
My second run was on a very frosty Sunday. I had intended to go in the morning but the pavement was so icy that I thought I’d wait until the fog lifted. It never did! So just after midday I decided to go for it and just take it steady.
It was a really nice run, although the fog made everything a little bit spooky. I spotted a buzzard perched on a frosty tree and felt a bit sorry for the sheep in the fields, they must have been rather cold. I also ran through a field with some horses, or rather I walked through the field as I wasn’t sure if they would decide to run with me!
I ended up on a longer and muddier route than I intended but it was nice and exhilarating. The route was 5.08 miles which I ran in 55 minutes 12 seconds.
I also had some rather exciting news this week. Just before Christmas I applied to be part of the Women’s Running magazine team for Vertical Rush, a tower run in aid of Shelter, the housing charity. It involves running 932 steps as fast as possible and I thought it would be a great challenge for me.
Well the good news is I made the team! I’m a mixture of excitement and nerves as I know it’s going to be a huge challenge and I will have to train in a completely different way to the training I did for my half marathon. As part of the team I do get to go to a training day which will help to make sure I’m training in the right way. There is also a team running for Men’s Running magazine which will make it a little competitive.
My main feeling at the moment is Eek! We shall see if my eek subsides after the training day. Watch this space!