Apologies to any regular readers for the irregular updates of late. I got a nice message from Sophie Cowper on Twitter saying that she missed my blog so this one’s for Sophie!
Unfortunately I haven’t got much to report on the training front.
I’ve jogged twice since Sunday 19th July.
On that day I was feeling exhausted. I’d gone to bed on the Saturday night early having stayed in. I was feeling knackered and slept well. I woke up feeling slightly better.
I’d already arranged with Michael Hedley to meet for a 60min Threshold Run. With hindsight I should have cancelled but we cracked on. I felt strong for 30-45mins and we were knocking out 6.12 min miles quite nicely but then at 45mins I hit the wall and Michael dropped me somewhat.
Still I finished it off with 9.4 miles in the 60 which isn’t shabby.
But the rest of the day was not fun. Hot, cold, warm, shivering. Sore throat. I knew I’d crossed the line, running too hard run down.
Spent Monday in bed. Felt better Tuesday. Stag do Thursday in Barcelona followed by a challenging working week in Barcelona as well.
I write this on the plane home to Newcastle.
This week I did about 30mins jogging on Monday and on Wednesday I did about 25mins jogging with a 4min threshold effort just to remind the body.
It’s one of those situations where I feel a little bit weird having done so little running. You spend a lot of time worrying about losing fitness. Undoubtedly I have lost fitness and I’ll have to gently ease myself back into it.
The other thing is I’m on holiday for two weeks in August. I’ll try to keep some jogging going during that but really my proper training can’t commence again now until September where I’ll be looking to start a cross country focussed plan.
In other news the forms have gone to England Athletics to change over to Elswick Harriers. I hope to have my first competitive outing at the Farringdon XC relays in September which is always a nice short/sharp tester. Can’t wait to put the famous vest on.
I’ve also revamped the run5kfaster.com website although admittedly it’s still not how I want it. I set it up last September and lost momentum which is a big no no as far as blogging websites are concerned. I’m hoping to get it back up and running. The ultimate aim is to write an ebook and offer training plans. Watch this space.
Well, once the plane lands I’ll post this blog, go for a nap and finally get out for a proper run!