After deciding on a target time last week, I’ve been wondering if I’ll be able to hit it with the training time I’ve got. The number one aim for me was to just be able to get round, but as I increase my long run distance each week I’m really starting to feel like that won’t be a problem.
Recently I worked out I needed to run slower on my long runs and to help I’ve made a change to my running routine. I always received pace/time/distance feedback from my smartphone through the headphones, so to try and avoid worrying about my pace too much I’ve now set it so I only receive half mile distance alerts. This way I can keep track of how far into a run I am, and I still know when to start heading back home or back to the car, but I’m no longer being bombarded with stats constantly – I’m just running at a pace that I feel comfortable with. This may be a different pace one week to the next, but for the long runs it’s working for me.
If you haven’t already, check out the introduction and week one review in the 10k to Half Marathon in 8 weeks series.
Now, onto the review of last week…
Tuesday – 3.1 Miles Inc Hills
A good set of hills this week with short recovery periods in-between. Just under 3.5 miles in the end with a total elevation of 349ft.
Thursday – INTERVALS 10x1min off 1min
I always find these intervals really tough, but I suppose thats the whole point of it. I’m currently hitting around 06:45 /mile pace during the interval which is a little faster than the Jack Daniels’ VDOTRunning Calculator suggestion of 07:07 /mile based on my current race times. It’s hard to try and match a particular pace when out running as I don’t currently have a running watch to keep constant track. My smartphone gives me voice cues through the headphones, but you only get this after the interval. Maybe I’ll try and ease off slightly next time and see where I end up.
Saturday – Easy 3.1 Miles
A bit of a wet and windy parkrun this week and the waterlogged grass made for a slightly harder run than normal. Still great though.
Sunday – LSR 8.1 Miles
It was a rainy Sunday morning but nothing was going to stop me getting out for my long run. Although the half marathon is in August, it could very well be wet and windy rather than sunny and still so this is all good experience too.
With the longer distance I need to start thinking about hydration and nutrition more than I’ve had to up until now. I’ve never been a fan of the idea of energy gels and would rather stick to more food based sources, so with this in mind I took some jelly babies with me to try eating along the way.
I took just four with me which should supply 87kcal and 20.5 g of carbs (19.5 g of which are sugars) and decided to devour these just after the six mile mark. It was a tricky manoeuvre getting these out from my running belt due to the rain and I had to stop briefly to do so. Rather than mess about I popped all four in at once and got running again. As you can imagine, chewing these hindered my breathing somewhat but it was definitely manageable, and with some more practice I should be able to get this done without stopping along the way. I may well try some different foods in the next couple of weeks too and I’ll let you know how I get on.
5 Weeks to go!