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

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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

Ballymena Runners 4.1

fullsizerender-10After the hames that was Sunday’s run I approached the latest Ballymena Runners instalment with no small amount of trepidation.

The schedule tonight called for three minutes running, two minutes walking and then a further eight minutes of running, repeated twice – quite a step up from last week.

Split into two groups tonight, instead of three – but still over 40 people turned up – I somehow found myself spat out the front of my group at the start, not what I wanted (!) so I was glad when the leaders made us turn back in on ourselves because it meant I could become anonymous.

Once I was back in the pack I just plodded along at my own pace, to the extent that there was a group out in front and another group at the back with me slap bang in the middle, almost isolated.

All in all it wasn’t a bad run. Although daunting, the eight minute segments weren’t that difficult with the second one actually being the better of the two …. by that stage the group had looped back on itself so many times that I back was out the front!

Ah well, seeing as it finished just across the road from me I would have looked good in front of the neighbours. Or at least I hope I impressed my cat watching from the dining room window!!!

401trans-copyTonight’s run was just over two miles, bringing me up to 9 for the 401 Challenge Virtual Marathon which means I can adjust my schedule for the rest of the week accordingly:-

Wednesday 5th October – 3.9 miles
Friday 7th October – 2.1 miles
Saturday 8th October – 3.1 miles
Sunday 9th October – 8 miles

401 Challenge update – 9 miles done, 17.2 miles left

Sunday 2nd October – 7 miles
Tuesday 4th October – 2.1 miles