Happily I've completed another three runs this week. 1.5 miles on Tuesday was run at just under 11 minutes per mile pace while 2 mile efforts on Thursday and again today were run at around 11:15 pace. Up until now, all my comeback runs have been on a fairly flat loop so for today's run I chose an out and back route that includes a longish incline for the last quarter of the out mile. It's surprising how a relatively small change can make a difference, the legs feeling like a couple of lead weights had been attached by the time I'd reached the "summit" and I was puffing a little too. Still, it was good to be back on a favourite route through quiet country lanes and my times are gradually coming down. If only I could say the same about my weight...I think you may have been right Alaistair!
I've now got a 9 week training schedule to follow which hopefully will get me to the start for race 2 of the Yateley 10K series. It's pretty much the same schedule I followed when I first trained for a 10K; 3 runs a week starting with an easy run Tuesday, a tempo run or some speedwork on the Thursday, and a long run on Sunday. Since I'm starting from scratch, I won't be doing any tempo runs or speedwork until week 5. I've set the pace to get me round in 60 minutes so as not to push too hard. It's good to be following a schedule that I know worked well for me in the past.
I've made my decision about the Brighton Marathon in 2012 - I've decided not to take up my deferred place from this years race. At least, I thought that's what I'd decided. Within an hour of making my mind up, I received an email informing me that after some confusion issuing the deferral codes, they've extended the deadline until June 1st. I don't think I'll change my mind. I need to build some confidence that I can complete shorter races and I just want to have a bit of fun running for a while. Still, a month's a long time and I could just as easily change my mind!
My daughter surprised my during the week ... she decided she was going to go for a "run"! While everyone else was watching the royal wedding (you all were watching weren't you?) she nipped out for a mile and half run/walk. She seemed to enjoy it too ... it'll be interesting to see if she goes again though!
Enjoy your running!
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