Tonight was my first run in seven days. I haven’t been feeling great – mentally or physically – so hadn’t run since last Sunday but didn’t want to miss a complete week, so I dragged myself out without any real idea of time or distance.
In the end I went with Week 3, Day 1 of C25K (picking up from where I’d left off in other words) and then ran the rest of the way home whenever the podcast ended, a total of 1.96 miles.
It wasn’t the greatest run in the world but it wasn’t the worst either. I didn’t wear my Asics tonight, opting for my Mizuno’s instead, and I tried out a new arm band/sleeve thingy for my phone I’d bought at Pure Running during the week, so it was my first run listening to music in quite a while.
Things felt fine for the first couple of minutes then my calves started to burn up as usual but as the run progressed they started to feel better and I probably could have run comfortably for a lot longer than I did.
However, given the time of night and the difficulty I have sleeping after a longer run I decided just to limit it. Oh, and it was bloody windy too which may have helped sway my decision (pun intended!).
All in all it was a fairly satisfactory ‘return’ run and it was good to get it back into my legs again – I’ll likely return to at least 5k per run from my next outing onwards.
Ignore what it says in the picture. It tells lies. There’s no way that was only 52° this morning, it was a lot sunnier and a lot hotter than that.
Also, it says I ran 3.15 miles – maybe I did – I stopped my watch after 3.11 (5k) but I must have accidentally hit restart again almost immediately before saving the run.
Why is this important? Simply because I beat my last 5k time by two seconds. I know, a whole two seconds, but it’s all about marginal gains, right? I’m actually more annoyed because while it’s a new record for the watch it won’t recognise it as such because it recorded a slightly longer distance – but if you add up the splits you’ll see. Nerd alert.
Anyway, what about the run itself? My legs weren’t quite with it although I pleasingly recorded the first km in 7min 31secs which I think is my best since I started this blog, still some way off my PB but sure that’ll come in time.
I had originally planned to do four miles today but very soon into the run I knew my legs didn’t have it in them. The left leg/calf, in particular, felt niggly so I didn’t really want to risk it unneccessarily – writing this an hour later it feels fine so it was maybe just a thing at the time.
Maybe it was because I’d last run on Friday night and now this was Sunday morning so they didn’t get the proper rest in between. Who knows?
I had also hoped to do four miles to bring me up to 23 miles for July (ie: 10% increase on June) but when you consider all July’s miles have been done in the past two weeks then I’ve done enough – and having done 22 it’s still an increase. It’s all good.
Weight wise I lost another 3.4lbs, slightly annoyed because that means I’ve lost 6.8lbs over the two weeks of this blog and the perfectionist in me wanted to hit the half-a-stone mark. Never happy 🙂
To quote The Amanda Show, tonight’s run was “Better, MUUUCCCHHH Better”.
After the hames that was Tuesday night’s effort I went out this evening under not inconsiderable trepidation. What if it was bad again? Will it knock me back? Will I take another break and feel like I’m back to square one again? You know the drill.
In the end I needn’t have worried. Sticking to the C25K Week 2 schedule and deciding to run 5k again I knocked over two minutes off Tuesday’s time and, in fact, set my fastest time since I started recording using my Garmin.
The first km was under eight minutes again, the following three under nine minutes with the last kilometre back under eight and, actually, faster than the first. That shows promising progress. Next week the plan changes again, longer running splits so hopefully my times will continue to improve.
There was no point in the run where I felt I struggled and I didn’t clomp. Granted I didn’t force things but I worked on my breathing – four in, four out – and that seemed to work and make things much smoother.
I also wore a new piece of kit, knee length compression socks which have an anti-blister device built in. Hopefully they’ll do the trick of my white socks and compression sleeves combined which will mean less faffing about. They felt pretty good.
I’m up to 19 miles for the month. All good advice says you should aim to increase distance by 10% per week/month/whatever so seeing as I did 21 in June that’ll mean I’ll need to clock up around 4 miles to bring me up to 23 for July. I’ll give that a go on Sunday.
Now that I know I’ve got a marathon place again I’ve found my focus changing, everything is geared towards that now.