Wow – what a week!
On Monday, I wasn’t feeling motivated to get in the pool. I think M knew that Stu was out with his friends watching the Superbowl on Sunday night, so she decided that she’d also like to be up partying. I got very little sleep and did not feel like going swimming, but I know that ‘you only regret the workouts you didn’t do’, so I agreed with myself that I would go to the pool and then see how I felt.
When I got in the pool, I decided to do a 20 minute time trial. I swam at a steady pace and was pleased to see that I covered 850m in that time. As long as I can sustain that pace then I should meet my goal of 2.5k in an hour 🙂
On Wednesday, I was going to run with a work colleague, but we both had a lot of meetings on, so it just didn’t work out in the end.
I’m so excited to have learnt that I’ve got a place in RideLondon again this year. It should tie in nicely with the other challenges that I’ve got lined up.
Reviews coming soon
I’ve also been trying out a few new products, so there will be some reviews posted soon.
New Wave Swim BuoyÂ sent me a couple of products: a super soft towel and a ‘launchpad’. This is a neoprene mat that can be used for triathlons and on pool changing room floors.
I’ve also been trying to squeeze in some reading around the training that I’ve been doing…
Plus I’ve been trying out some gorgeous new leggings from GearBunch…
On Friday, I went out for a run with Rachel and her baby. It was great to have a full day to myself. Whenever I get a day without M, I start getting on top of things, but she’s been ill so often that I never seem to catch up.
I ran from my house to The Common and was disappointed by my pace, but I decided to ignore it as I know I’m not as fit as I’d like to be. My training for Reading Half definitely isn’t going the way that I’d planned. This time last year, I was so much fitter. I had originally hoped to be aiming for a PB (sub 1:52:19), but now I’m desperately hoping I’ll be fit enough to run sub 2:00.
I ran around The Common with Rachel and F. We went down every side path to try to make the distance as much as possible. When we stopped, I was horrified to find that I’d only run 5.5km in 55 minutes. I’ve never been that slow before. It just didn’t seem right as I’ve walked parkrun (5km) in 40 minutes.
I then ran home. When I got back, the final distance was 12.5km, which is the longest I’ve run for many months. I had a look at my Garmin data online and was relieved to find that somehow my watch settings had changed and the distance shown was miles, not km. Phew!
Reading Half Marathon
I’m now starting to feel like I can get myself back on track and can at least finish Reading Half.Â Have you entered yet?
There is currently a fantastic competition on:
Enter Reading Half before 13 Feb to win a great hospitality package for one of Reading FCâ€™s remaining games this season:
- VIP match seating on the North West corner
- One course gourmet burger menu
- Cash bar facility available
- Matchday programme and team sheet
- Place at a shared table
- Matchday entertainment
Run Directing at parkrun
I didn’t manage to get a run in this weekend as I was Run Directing at parkrun again. It’s a role that I really enjoy, but I wish that I could be in two places at once as I also love running.
If you’ve ever wondered how difficult your nearest parkrun is, you might be interested to have a look at the Run Britain Rankings.Â Southampton is a relatively easy run at #38 and Penrose (my local run when I go home to Cornwall) is at #340. How does your local parkrun compare?
As I wasn’t able to go running today, I figured that time on my feet would be a good compromise. I had the most amazing lie in this morning (after several nights of very poor sleep), which has helped me to feel much better. In the afternoon, Stu, M and I went for a walk down to the university and around the campus. M was fascinated by the ducks.
Overall, this week started off badly, but I managed to turn it around and am now feeling totally inspired ready for a new week 🙂