My first run of the week was on Monday, and it was shite.  Absolutely horrible.  I didn’t want to write or think about it, so I’ve put it off until now.  I had an appointment in Maryhill in the early afternoon, so I decided to run home from it.  I was meant to run 4.5 miles, but about 1 mile in I knew there was no way I was going to manage it; 3 was going to be difficult as it was.  I really didn’t feel well, I wasn’t well hydrated, and I just felt off.

The basics: 

Run designation: easy

Distance: 4.5 miles but managed 3 (a swap with Thursday’s run)

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 12’29” (average)

Weather: mild and humid, cloudy

How did the run go?

Like I said above, it was shite.  I wasn’t overly familiar with the path and I was worried about tripping over things.  It was hilly as well, and the day before was leg day and my legs were in agony so, it was just a bad run overall.  It happens.

 

My second run of the week was this morning.  I knew I needed to get out and back before the post came, so I hurried myself along.  Today was also my first run (officially) as a Doctor, as I received my Doctorate yesterday.  Expect a post about the day soon!

The basics:

Run designation: easy

Distance: 3 miles

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 11’30 (average). Mile 1 12’25”, mile 2 10’56”, and mile 3 10’57”.  So other than the first mile, which includes my warmup, I was at goal pace!  Horray!

Weather: mild, windy, cloudy with some sun breaks

How did the run go?

Today’s run was much better than the one on Monday!  I felt good and my legs were no longer sore.  I was glad to just get out and enjoy a run.  I foresee tomorrow’s run being on the treadmill as it’s going to rain and I have some new trainers to try out.  Looking forward to it and my Pilates workshop tomorrow evening!

 

Horray!  That’s the first week of training done and dusted!

The basics:

Run designation: long, easy

Distance: 5 miles

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 11’48 (UGH!)

Weather: mild but windy AF

How did the run go:

I was well fuelled and hydrated for this run.  The first mile is always a bit slow as I walk for a few minutes to warm up.  I felt I really got into my stride during the second mile, mostly as the wind was at my back, (10’56).   Once I turned around and headed back home, I was running INTO the wind and oh did it suck.  I felt like the wind was tripping me up and several times I tripped over my own feet.  There were points where I was running so slow because I couldn’t get up enough resistance against the wind.

I run along the river and there are points where I feel like I’m just running into a wind tunnel on a windy day.  That was most certainly the case today.  It felt as though I was trying to run in water; my thigh muscles felt like they were working overtime!  Hopefully I won’t be too sore tomorrow!

While I wasn’t pleased with the overall pace, I’m glad I went out there and took on the weather.  Hopefully someday I will be better at running in windy conditions!

 

How did week 1 go?

Overall, ok.  I definitely need to work on pacing myself better.  I foresee some treadmill running this coming week, due to the rainy forecast, so I can work on finding a comfortable pace for these easy runs.  I also need to work on nutrition and fuelling these runs.  The past few days have contained far too many Timbits, so I need to come up with a better plan!

Next week also sees a deviation in schedule as my graduation is Tuesday, so I’ve had to move some of my other workouts around.  There will be some double workout days in the plan for sure!

Today’s run took place later than usual due to the fact I was out all day attempting to find shoes for graduation!  It would be easier to find a needle in a haystack!

The Basics:

Run designation: easy

Distance: 3 miles

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual pace: 11’24” (but miles 2 and 3 were 10’46 and 10’59” respectively)

Weather: Windy, mild, cloudy with breaks of hot sunshine

How did the run go?

I’ve certainly had better runs!  I felt like I was very slow and sluggish the first mile (and at a 12’28” pace I was!) I don’t think I had waited enough time between eating my late lunch and running and it was later than I liked and I was just tired overall and really wasn’t feeling it at first.  Once that first mile was under my belt and I had finally got into a rhythm, I felt much better and the run ended on a better note than it started.

No running tomorrow; Friday’s a rest day.  I’ll be getting primped at the salon ahead of my graduation on Tuesday!  That is if I can find a pair of shoes tomorrow afternoon.

 

Today’s run was a quick 3 miles in the humid AF pea soup air that is currently encompassing Glasgow.  As much as I hate running in the rain, I hoped that the light shower that began during my last half mile would turn into a downpour!

The Basics

Run type designation: easy

Distance: 3 miles

Goal pace: 11 minutes per mile

Actual average pace: 11’16” per mile

Weather: humid AF, 19C, cloudy

How did the run go?

This run went fine.  It was just an average 3 miles that seemed a bit more difficult due to the humidity and the fact that my legs were still wobbly from 2 hours of Pilates the evening before.

 

Hello! Welcome to my training for the Royal Parks Half Marathon! I’ll be blogging each of my running workouts over the next 16 weeks. Maybe I might even post a vlog, if I can get over the fact that I sound like a 10 year old. Each post will contain the basics of the workout, what kind of run, distance, goal pace, actual pace, and weather conditions as well as a summary of how the run went.

I’ll also be talking about how I’m running for Switchboard and fundraising for them again! I’m really excited to be doing so and hopefully it will be as great a success as the previous two fundraising endeavours. I’m just setting up the donation page, and there will be a link in the coming days.

You can also follow my training on Strava.

The basics

Run type designation: easy
Distance: 4.5 miles
Goal pace: 11 min/mile
Actual pace: 11’47”
Weather: Sunny, humid, windy, and about 22C (or really flipping hot to me at least!)

How did the run go?

I prefer to run after breakfast, around 10am-1pm. However, today I had an eye doctor appointment, which meant I had to run a bit later than I normally do. I went out around 6pm and it was sunny and hot. I’ve obviously acclimatised to the weather here, as 20C/70F feels really warm, especially when running. So this run wasn’t as good as it could have been, but it could have been worse.

Hopefully, the runs planned for mid week will be better and a bit faster!