Punishing

fullsizerender-7London Marathon Training
Week 4, Day 2

fullsizerender-6Back to those blasted hills tonight. My training plan demanded that I go out for an hour so I knew it wasn’t going to be pleasant – and it most certainly wasn’t.

I’ve had a bit of a so-so day, either spending it in bed feeling sorry for myself or staring at the wall, so I wasn’t up for a run at all. However, if I didn’t do it today then it’d mess with my schedule so there really wasn’t anything else for it but to do it and get it out of the way.

I decided to ‘treat’ myself with a little downhill section first so I walked up to the top of the Antrim Road to start and ran down to the bottom of the Toome Road before turning left to tackle that beast of a climb.

It went ok and when I got back to the bottom instead of doing as I did last week and go back up the Antrim Road I turned left again and proceeded towards the town centre straight for Princes Street for my second hill of the evening.

I found this a bit tougher because I’d already expended a fair bit of energy getting there but I was happy enough with my efforts, if not my time. But time wasn’t the point of tonight, it was all about building up strength. It has worked so far so I’m hoping that’ll continue into my long run this weekend.

Having gone over the top of Princes Street I then looped back along the Cullybackey Road into town towards home and my third climb of the night, the Antrim Road. It’s always the longest, approx. 500m, and the way it stretches out in front of you takes a bit of mental strength to face it.

Tonight’s run was, hopefully, more beneficial than my overall pace suggested – 30 seconds per mile down on last Thursday, and my second slowest this month.

But, importantly, I reminded myself, once more, that I can get out there when every instinct is pleading with me not to. I also added in that extra hill, something I haven’t done before.

London Marathon Training (45.9 miles – 12 runs)
Week 1 – 12.2 miles (4 runs; average 3.05 miles per run)
Week 2 – 9.3 miles (2 runs; average 4.65 miles per run)
Week 3 – 17.7 miles (4 runs; average 4.4 miles per run)
Week 4 – 6.7 miles (2 runs; average 3.35 miles per run)

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