New training plan

New training plan

Weekly Round Up

This has been a good week of running for me.

It started off on the Bank Holiday Monday with the Chalgrove Festival 10k. This was a friendly and enjoyable 10k in south Oxfordshire and I got a PB. 56.02 which I was really pleased with. You can read my review here.

Rain, wind and tired legs meant I didn’t make my club on Wednesday, which was probably a good thing as on Thursday I started a new 5k training plan. I will be doing the Waddesdon 5k again this year which is in 10 weeks time and I have decided that not only will I beat my time from last year (28:40) but I will aim to beat my current PB of 27:23.

I know this is going to be a big task. The Waddesdon 5k is an out and back race where the back is all up hill. However, I’m going to aim to get near 26.30 and I hope my training plan will help with this. The plan is from the June edition of Women’s Running and has a lot of threshold runs.

So Thursday was a 20 minute run which included 3 x 5 minutes at threshold with a 3 minute recovery. I quite enjoyed doing such a short but hard run and did it in

My next run was on Sunday and was a complete contrast to Thursday. I had a 30 minute hilly run with 4 x 5 minutes at threshold with a 2 minute recovery. I decided to go first thing in the morning, before breakfast and made sure I did some warm up stretches to wake my muscles up. However, I found it very hard going. Running threshold uphill is not my idea of fun but is something that will help me come race day. 

Catching my breath before a downhill run
Catching my breath before a downhill run

After 3 repeats I had to stop and catch my breath. My final repeat was all downhill which should have been good except I felt just on the verge of losing control. Think I need to work on my downhill running.

I’ve decided that if I am going to do hard session I need to do so when my body has woken up properly and I’ve had some food. So late afternoon or early evening might work out for me.

Have you used a training plan to get a faster 5k time? How did you find it? I think it’s going to be hard work but hopefully fun.

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