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Boom!

fullsizerender-14On paper today was my most challenging run for quite some time. I was  following Ballymena Runners week 4, day three schedule which called for an eight minute run followed by a two minute walk repeated three times.

I was quite apprehensive about it. It was mentally challenging to know I’d have to keep going for so long. I mean, I can run/walk for a long, long time but knowing I’d have to run for 80% of the time was quite daunting.

As I said, the schedule meant I had to repeat it three times ….. so, being something of an ambitious and stubborn bugger, I did it four times.

And you know what? It wasn’t *that* bad. Yes, I was tired but never really did I think of stopping. If those thoughts did creep in – and they did from time to time – I just pushed through them.

It helped that there were three football matches being played on the pitches beside me so I ran round there for a while knowing that I couldn’t stop for fear of being seen giving up. If I can’t run with a group then run around a gathering of people, same thing really.

Wait! Hang on! Me deliberately run where I’ll be seen? What is this? Where has ‘run in the dark so no-one will see him’ Martin gone? I’ve still got the podgy belly and the stumpy legs but I’ve got a confidence I never had before.

I was slightly disappointed that I didn’t dip below the 40-minute mark for 5k but it was my fastest time out of my last ten attempts so I suppose that’s something. It’ll come, I know it will, especially as I get stronger doing longer running segments.

401trans-copyAnyway, 401 Challenge update …..

I haven’t really decided what strategy to adopt tomorrow. Do I attempt the eight minute blocks as I did today or do I tone it down a bit given I’ll be out for a lot longer?

Sunday 9th October – 8 miles

401 Challenge update – 18.2 miles done, 8 miles left

Sunday 2nd October – 7 miles
Tuesday 4th October – 2.1 miles
Wednesday 5th October – 3.7 miles
Friday 7th October – 2.1 miles
Saturday 8th October – 3.3 miles

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Ballymena Runners 4.2

fullsizerender-12Whisper it … but I might actually being getting used to this running lark.

Today was the second run of Ballymena Runners week four and, as with Tuesday night, it was a 3-8-3-8 split with a two minute walk break between each section.

I always get quite worried doing these runs on my own in case I walk before I need to which would then instigate a huge sense of failure. It hasn’t happened to me yet and it didn’t happen today.

In actual fact, it went quite well today. Granted, I did go quite slowly at the start but did start to speed up as the run went on and, perhaps as a result, didn’t feel the burn in my legs that I usually do.

The run was interrupted just before the last eight minute segment when I bumped into an old friend. We stood chatting for a while (I remembered to stop my watch!) and, amongst other things, discussed fundraising activites that he’ll be able to help with so it was quite a productive chat.

I still had an eight minute run to do which I completed with relative ease. Fair enough, I did have a few minutes break in my legs before I started it but even if I hadn’t stopped my legs felt quite good so I would have managed it anyway.

Run three is three eight minute splits with two minutes inbetween. I’ll just do that at home rather than even thinking of parkrun.

After a few enquiries, it seems that the people doing their third run at parkrun do that and only that, whereas I’d want to carry on and do the full three miles – and doing it with them and then breaking off to join the main group will badly skew my time.

401trans-copyAnyway, with another 2.1 miles done today I’m now up to 14.9 miles in the 401 Challenge Virtual Marathon, leaving me with 11.3 to go:-

Saturday 8th October – 3.3 miles
Sunday 9th October – 8 miles

401 Challenge update – 14.9 miles done, 11.3 miles left

Sunday 2nd October – 7 miles
Tuesday 4th October – 2.1 miles
Wednesday 5th October – 3.7 miles
Friday 7th October – 2.1 miles

Bouncing back

fullsizerender-11I’ll not tell a lie, I quite enjoyed that.

This was my run held over from Saturday in order to make up my miles for the 401 Challenge Virtual Marathon. I had aimed for 3.9 miles although ended up doing 3.7 but that’s ok because I’ll make up the deficit later in the week.

Why 3.7? Because it equated to 6km and when I got the buzz on my wrist from my watch that signifies the end of each kilometre I automatically reached down to stop it. I was nearly home anyway and stood at the side of a road waiting to cross so no biggie.

Today was a little out of my normal routine and coming after last night’s run I was a little concerned about how my legs would react but, to be honest, they were fine.

I set out without any real pace or intervals in mind, although I decided to settle into a 3/1 split which I maintained more or less for the entire run. I actually felt like a runner.

I deliberately didn’t do the Ballymena Runners plan because I’m leaving that for later in the week, today’s run really was a ‘make up the distance’ affair, a ‘free’ one if you like, I wouldn’t have been disappointed if it hadn’t gone well. A different mindset makes a huge difference.

My legs actually felt quite strong and, apart from the last one which was interrupted by traffic, I did each kilometre in eight minutes-something which pleased me, it’s my ‘aim for’ time. Not hugely fast but the longer I can maintain it the closer to my targets I’ll get.

401trans-copySo that brings me up to 12.8 miles for the challenge, I’m happy enough with that with four days to go. All being well the rest of the week will go like this:-

Friday 7th October – 2.3 miles
Saturday 8th October – 3.1 miles
Sunday 9th October – 8 miles

401 Challenge update – 12.8 miles done, 13.4 miles left

Sunday 2nd October – 7 miles
Tuesday 4th October – 2.1 miles
Wednesday 5th October – 3.7 miles