Training (21-27 September 2014)

Sunday

VCN Club Ride to Mundesley. It made a very pleasant change to ride to the coast as we’ve not done a lot of that this year as the wind has tended to be south or westerly (VCN always ride out INTO the wind so that we have a nice swift ride back after the cafe stop).

We were a good sized group of similar abilities and inclinations, so a nice steady ride of 50 miles at an average of 16.6mph was had ie spot-on for club ride pace.

Monday

Rest day

Tuesday

NRR efforts. Didn’t go on the field this week. Did a 15 minute out and back with Linda, Sophie and Liz. It wasn’t as tough as efforts on the field although we were good girls and ran the return leg more quickly than the outward leg.

Wednesday

More rest

Thursday

Rest – really going for the rest this week!!

Friday

Eek! 14 miles with Linda and Mark. Yep 14 miles!!! I was feeling quite nervous about this after the run last week which had felt so hard. But I had some useful hints about eating more (before and straight after the run) and I had made a big effort to rest all week, and this time I felt so much better. It was still tough of course but until 11 miles my legs felt OK. From 11 miles my legs were achy and the last mile or so were definitely longer than the miles earlier on. But we did it. We only really walked one section – a long uphill drag at about the 10 mile point. So that’s it. The long runs are over now until the big day itself. Next week I need only do a 7 or 8 mile run which is going to seem pretty short compared to these 10, 12 and 14 mile efforts.  Yippee!

Saturday

This should probably have been a rest day but I went out and jogged round the Norwich Parkrun with Karen and Helen. Darryl Davies, a local CoNAC and tri-anglia runner collapsed and died last Saturday whilst taking part in the Round Norfolk Relay.  Darryl was a regular Parkrunner and local club runners had been encouraged to attend the Parkruns and to wear their club colours as a tribute to him.   And we did – there were more than 600 people running at Eaton Park this week!  I didn’t know Darryl but it was moving to be there amongst so many people who did.  I feel so proud to be part of this running community of ours.  There is something so haunting about this photo someone posted on Facebook of Darryl running last weekend

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– it is, on one level, upsetting to know that not long after it was taken he would never run again, but also uplifting because he looks so relaxed and happy and was clearly doing something he enjoyed so very much.  So I must remember to always enjoy my runs however long or hard they may be.  Because that is what it is about.  Always.

Mileage

Cycling  73.6 miles

Running 20.2 miles

Next week
Hopefully I will get out on the bike with Jess!
Oh and there are two fun running events too – but I will write about those next week when I have done them!

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2 thoughts on “Training (21-27 September 2014)

  1. Funnily enough it’s after the 11 mile mark that i started to ache too …. I have the chance of a long ride on 7th october with the old gentlemen but to stop myself from going i think i will book myself a leg massage !!
    as I want rested legs for the half………. parkrun was very touching today and as you say we must enjoy every run 🙂

  2. That’s weird re the 11 mile thing. It was so sudden yesterday – one minute I was thinking “wow, I still feel fine” and then the next it was “ouch, my poor legs are tired!”. But we have all done so well with our long runs. And yes, take it easy. I am told I can do a normal week next week but no run longer than 8 miles (as if I’d want to!!!) but the week after that it’s just 3 very easy very short runs, and nothing that involves effort either cycling or running. Sounds good to me!! And yes, Parkrun was touching – he sounded such a wonderful guy and it was lovely to see the wash of colour. In a way, it was nicer with everyone in their club vests as you could see who was from where and it is a good way to promote your club – if new runners see people of all abilities running for a particular club they will feel less worried about joining. Looking forward to your birthday run next week xx

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