Once again, time has galloped away and it’s almost the end of week 15 of my training, so week 14 is now a bit hazy. I’ll try my best to do a recap.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – rest days (although Wednesday was a long and stressful day involving a lot of meetings and travel for work, so not restful at all!)
Tuesday – 4.6 lunchtime miles with 10-second bursts of speed in the middle. Always fun to do those.
Thursday – Another lunchtime run: 5.4 miles with mid three at marathon pace. I felt like I had excess energy to burn on this run, and perhaps ran some of the marathon pace section a bit too fast.
Saturday – I did a slow 3.8-mile jog to parkrun, and then ran parkrun at about 9:10 pace. It was parkrun’s 15th anniversary so a lot of runners turned up – over 1800 in total!
Sunday – I took part in Kingston Half Marathon. I only signed up for this a few weeks ago. I’d been thinking for a while it would be good to do a half marathon before Abingdon, just to keep my racing muscles warmed up and to see how I might do in the marathon. I think doing one two weeks before the marathon might be a bit close; but we’ll see.
I didn’t feel great on this run. I had heavy legs and my head wasn’t really in it. The race started in the town centre. The first mile was very crowded and twisty-turny so I went out slowly – probably a good thing.
I then sped up and managed to stick to around 8:30-8:40 pace for most of the run. I stopped and walked at all the water stations so that I could make sure to drink enough (they used cups, which I can’t drink from while running). I usually take water with me on my long runs and I really wished I’d taken some for the race, as I was feeling a bit dehydrated. After lagging a bit in miles 10-12, I pulled myself together for the last stretch and finished strongly. My official time was 1:55:09 – my second best official HM time. So that’s pretty good.
Total mileage for the week: 30.1
2 weeks to go!!