5k East Anglian Air Ambulance Runway Run in the morning. This felt hard. I’m not sure why that was – the long run with Linda on Thursday, a rough course over grass with a few inclines and some wind – or whether I was unfairly comparing my time/effort with some of my better Parkruns which are on much easier terrain. Anyway, my chip time was 26:24 which was a minute inside the bronze standard time that I was aiming for – so job done. And it was a nice event too with a fabulous goodie bag.
40 miles on the bike with the Dandy Horse guys in the evening. This was a fun ride and it was good to be able to get out after missing the VCN Club Ride in the morning. My legs were tired and they complained a bit on the hills but I’m glad I went and I’d probably go again on another occasion if I was unable to get out for the morning ride. It’s good that there are more and more possibilities for people to get out and ride with a group.
NRR efforts on the field. The efforts sessions are always worth going to and provide an effective and fun workout whilst taking up very little of the evening. This week we had the annual club photo so we were a bit later getting out on the field. The session was run by Richard High and was a pyramid session. I am never exactly sure how hard to push myself for the effort bits but I suppose 5k PB pace is probably ideal ie 8 minute/miles. But really I have to go by feel as I can’t be peeping at my watch whilst running around the field and very soon it will be too dark to see my watch anyway.
Long run with Linda and Mark in the evening – 12 miles this week. I hadn’t been feeling very up for it all day, the weather was warm and I felt a bit slumpy. Linda said the same. Once I got started I felt better but this was a hard run. Mark was good at keeping us to pace (10’30 min/mile) but by 9 miles we were tiring and walked up a few hills in the last mile or so. But we did do it. I felt a bit weird though later in the evening – got up to unload the dishwasher and felt very faint so had to slump back on the sofa. I don’t think I am great at these distance efforts even when I run them at a nice easy pace. Next week we are doing 14 miles but are doing the Marriotts Way so at least that will cut out the hills. After that I think we taper. I hope so anyway.
Rest day. And I needed it!
It is hard to balance the time spent on cycling and running without worrying that fitness in one is compromising that in another. At the moment I am focusing on running because of the half-marathon (now less than a month away!) and last week I turned down the opportunity for a nice brisk evening ride with Jess because I didn’t want my legs to be too tired to do the long run. I did cycle on the Brompton Monday-Friday (59 miles in total) but that was it for cycling other than the Dandy Horse ride on Sunday.
Running 17.8 miles
Cycling 100 miles
Aims for next week
To make sure I get plenty of rest before the long run at the end of the week
Concentrate on running rather than cycling