..... a week it's been!
It started on Monday morning with a run with Gloria. Keith wanted to leave by 9 to get to Wimbledon, but I'd already promised Gloria a run, so we arranged to meet at the track at 7.30. I got down there early and did a mile warm up, so I could use the run to do 3 threshold miles. I still couldn't keep up with her, mind you, but I was nearer than usual. Three good miles at around 8.30 pace. Quickly home, breakfast and shower and off to the first of our Olympic adventures at Wimbledon. We were so lucky with the weather and had amazing seat, just behind where the team coaches sit on court 1. We saw some good matches including one with Serena Williams and later on, Kate and Sophie saw Federer in a doubles match. It was great to wander round Wimbledon as I haven't been there since I was at school - and that's a long time ago! A great day!
On Tuesday I squeezed in my now regular 15X40 sec sprint session. The Garmin allowed me to do the workout and gave me all my alerts etc, but then the transfer to the computer went a bit odd which meant that all the data from the run vanished into the ether!
Wednesday and Thursday saw and easy run and 12 mile long run respectively. You'll note the absence of the word 'slow'. I'd covered 6 miles or so at my usual pace for this length of run (around 10:45), when I bumped into B from my Saturday morning group, who was just starting out on a 6 miler. We decided to run together. Now B, like Gloria is 20 something and we set off at around 9:30 pace - very conservative for her, but very hard work for me on the back of 6 miles already! Still hard though it was, I kept going as it was good training, but I was glad to slow down a bit once B said goodbye and ran off to her house!
And that takes me to Friday and my day at the athletics. We were lucky enough to have tickets to the morning and the evening, so it was and early start and a late finish. What an awsome day! The atmostphere in the stadium was brilliant and it was great to see the likes of Jessica Ennis competing. The volunteers were helpful and cheerful and even the journey home wasn't too bad as we took the Javelin line to St Pancras and then the Picadilly line home.
No chance to lie in though as I'd promised the ladies an 8 mile run on Saturday morning and then Ruddy and Glen and their sons arrived to drop off their bags before going off back to London and on to their events. Ruddy to the boxing at the ExCel and Glen to the athletics. As you can imagine, both had an amazing evening - Glen, we plied with a glass of wine while he told us about what a great time he had, but Ruddy got home later so i didn't see him until the morning. But a lie-in- oh no! We arranged to go on a 5 mile run, so we were all up at 7. I took them on a sight seeing tour of my running trails and showed them the track where I run, the hill I use for my short hill work (although I didn't make them run up it) and Pitshanger and Cleveland Parks. 9:30 ish pace which depite a hard weeks running, felt OK.
Ruddy and Glen then said goodbye and set off to watch the womens marathon and meet up with Nick and Alison from RB. I wimped out of going as, TBH, I was pretty knackered, although I now wish I'd made the effort. Anyway, it was great to see Ruddy again and finally meet Glen, after missing him at the 2010 marathon and the GNR later in the year.
And so onto this week. My usual threshold run yesterday morning was 4 miles, all around the 8:15 mark so quicker than last week.
Numbers are quite low at the track at the moment and my circuit class last night was a personal training session! A good mix of step-ups, ab curls, burpees, squats and tricep dips - all for £2.05! The running session was a pyramid run of 300, 250, 200, 200, 250 and 300 metres all finishing at the same place with a walking recovery from there to the start of the next distance (badly explained, but I'm sure you get the general gist).
an easy 4 miles this morning and then the plan is to tackle my sprint session tomorrow with a day at the diving on Thursday!
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