Sunday, 2 March 2014
Starting to feel fitter
40 days until the London Marathon. I ran for 6:37 this week.
This week I turned one year older, and to mark this my wife and children gave me a Garmin.
I tried it out on my 17-mile long run with G., a friend from my local running club.
My legs felt tired at the start, and G. set a good pace. Eventually, I started to warm up, and the miles ticked by on the Garmin. My heart rate seemed to settle in at 153 or so. I felt a bit of a fade at 9, but whether it was because of the gel I'd taken at mile 6, or the Snickers at mile 12, or the mid-week medium length run, I felt not too bad at the end.
So this was my training week:
Mon: run 1 mile on treadmill, upper body weights
Tues: run 4 miles with some 200 m intervals at end (up and down my street while I waited for my son to come home)
Weds: run 12 miles (at 7 a.m.)
Thurs: swim 1100 m; run 5 miles (including 2.5 mile club handicap race)
Sat: run 6.5 miles
Sun: run 17 miles
Earlier in the week, the clouds and incessant rain broke for a bit, and we had clear skies. From my driveway, the stars were bright.