Ballycotton 2015 - week 1 (Oct 27th to Nov 2nd)
I have 19 weeks to train for this race, including this week just passing. I'm going to build my base for the first 9 or 10 weeks, and then introduce some distance-specific sessions in the build up to the race. After that, I'll target a half marathon sometime in April or May.
Switching to imperial measurements for imperially measured races.
3.55 miles in 37:17 (10:30/mile)
I hadn't run in months, so the first thing I needed to do was to figure out roughly where I was at. I hid the GPS and set off to run my short door-to-door loop at a comfortably tough pace, judging by how it felt. Splits were 10:12, 10:40 (uphill), 10:09 (downhill), 6:17 [11:26 pace, warm down uphill].
2.31 miles in 31:39 (13:42/mile)
Had hilariously bad DOMS from Tuesday, which ruled Wednesday out. I couldn't let another day slide. I had planned to do the same 3.55 mile loop, but my legs didn't like the sound of the inclines. So I compromised, and did laps of the back garden instead (about 1/8 of a mile per lap). This was mentally awful, but I promised myself I could bail after 30 mins of recovery running.
Sat 1st Nov
3.57 miles in 40:02 (11:13/mile)
Recovery run seemed to have gotten rid of most of the DOMS. Weather was awful, but I was looking forward to running, so I headed out anyway. Running in the rain brought back memories of training for CCM 13 in all sorts of weather. It gave me a little jolt of pride that I was that committed to my training, and as I ran on, I felt something of the motivation I felt back then. There must be something to these theories about the mind-body connection, because my whole frame relaxed, my legs felt lighter, and my thoughts uncluttered, against the backdrop of the rattle of raindrops and the splashing of my feet. This is why I began running in the first place, and this run was a wonderful reminder of how good my relationship with running can be.
Sun 2nd Nov
7.01 miles in 1:17:30 (11:03/mile)
My legs were feeling quite light after yesterday, and the sun was shining so I made the most of it. Got a brief soaking during the third mile, but this was very pleasant, easy for the most part, and my legs held up well. The plan was to run 5 miles or 60 mins, but I was feeling good, so changed it to 6.5 miles. It was sheer coincidence that the combination of local routes I took brought me door to door in 7 miles.
Training Block Details
|Week || Runs || Distance || Total Runs|| Total Distance|
|1/19 || 4 || 16.42 || 4 || 16.42 |