It's been a weird summer. I haven't managed to run any PBs, but enjoyed the races l have entered. I missed a half marathon, because I felt under pressure to do it. I went back to 80-20 running which I really enjoy doing. It's mainly easier running, with a few harder sessions built in. I don't think I am getting faster, but I enjoy it, which is the main thing. I did a 10 mile race in August which was one, two or three laps of a five lap course. I was aiming for two laps. After 3 miles I still hadn't found my running legs. I stopped and walked to the water station. After downing two cups of water and walking for another half a mile, I started to feel so much better. This is where heart rate running becomes my friend. I ran to a heart rate and took it steady up the hills (walked them). I completed the ten miles. I was the last one at the five mile mark, but overtook eight people. I count that as a win. Hubby wasn't very pleased. He got bitten very badly.
Last weekend I did the Tissington Trail half marathon. What can I say. Lack of training, lack of sleep and lack of food. As soon as I knew I was going to struggle I ran to heart rate again. That only gets you to eleven miles without the long runs at the weekends. I haven't been well and missed two weeks of easy running and four weeks of long runs and it showed. I did that walking fast for a bus with a little jog at times type of run. The main thing is I finished.
I am winding down now, ready for my holiday. I'm not running whist on holiday. It isn't something I do and I am not starting now. Besides there is a lot of traveling and walking, so I won't be putting my feet up.
Racing season is almost over for me. Just a ten mile race in November and then building up my stamina over the winter and then who knows.
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