Sometimes I wonder what the point of week 2 on a training plan is? Not much happens does it?
Most runners know you should devote 4-6 weeks (or as long as you’ve got!) to “base building” in a new program but the XC season starts soon and I’m in a bit of a hurry.
To be honest I’m still a bit miffed by my lack of fitness. Despite my last post, deep down I thought there would be a quick bounce back. Not so.
I’m still struggling with effort and pace. The mind and body naturally wants to run at the same pace as before. But it’s not happening.
Patience is key here. I shouldn’t be in a hurry. Should just treat the start of the XC season as “part of the game”
Still, I felt some work at threshold intensity would be welcome this week, if only 10 minutes here and there to remind myself what that felt like.
So on Wednesday out I trotted. Plan was to keep the heart rate in the 170-180 range. Was surprised to see it rush quite quickly to 180.
I didn’t feel like I was running fast or very efficiently for that matter. Ended with 1.6 miles in about 6.13 per mile averaging 177bpm.
Not great but not a disaster. A start.
Back out on Saturday and decided to repeat the exercise. Felt a bit more purposeful. This time averaged 6.08/mile, again at 177bpm. Progress of sorts. Followed that up with 4-5mins at 5.40 miling which corresponded to a decent 1km interval pace based on Wednesday’s threshold pace.
Felt OK. HR held around 182-183 and peaked at 185.
So I don’t think some faster work has done any harm. And overall I’ve got just shy of 5hrs training in, 37-38 miles.
Onto week 3 and I’m back in Barcelona my second home with work. On Bank Holiday weekend(!).
I’m finishing this blog in my hotel room, alarm set for 6.15 so I can get up and get out for a run round Parc de Joan Miro…
To reach my potential I need to navigate through these work trips which inevitably add some barriers to training and keeping fresh, motivated. It’s tiring but I want to do better this winter season than ever before.
So it’s a challenge I will overcome.