5.30 am - woke up
"you can always do this tempo run tomorrow, six hours sleep last night and five the night before - you'll never get through it & what's the point in a botched run when you could have stayed in bed".
5.35 - on with the running gear
"You can always swap the run for an easy run, do the tempo run tomorrow and still keep the mileage up"
5.50 - out the door after some dynamic stretching
"2 miles warm-up followed by 2 x 3.75 miles @ HM pace - who are you kidding"
6.06 - 2 warm-up miles in
"I can always call it a day if i'm fucked after the first mile"
6.24 - somewhere
"I might extend the first leg to 4 miles and make the return leg easier or if I can't do the return leg, 4 miles aint bad"
6.34 - 4.25 fast miles (6:34 pace average)
"Good work, At least I only have 3.25 on the return leg, you'll never keep the pace up though"
6.39 - 0.5 recovery miles
"Here we go only 3.25 mile of stress - what’s that 20 minutes, 21......left to suffer"
6.49 - somewhere
"so tired - you can always stop at 2 miles, go on - no one could blame you - everyone bags a run once in a while - go on give yourself a break"
7.00 - 3.25 fast miles (06:31 pace)
"Fair play you held in there to the end - good mornings work".
7.17 - Home (12.15 miles total)
It's funny the crap we put up with from ourselves - I wouldn't accept that sort of negative talk from anyone else.
Tue 15th Apr
8.14 Miles in 01:04:07 (07:53 pace) with
3,000m @ 06:13 pace (156HR)
2,000m @ 06:04 pace (163HR)
1,000m @ 05:48 pace (164HR)
800m @ 05:31 pace (164HR)
Wed 16th Apr
8.59 Miles in 01:14:23 (08:39 pace @ 124HR) Recovery
Thur 17th Apr
12.15 Miles in 01:27:27 (07:11 pace @ 144HR) with 4.25 miles @06:35 pace (150HR) & 3.25 miles @06:31 pace (156HR)
2.5 Miles in 21:00 (08:24 pace) - recovery on the treadmill at lunchtime (no place for Mr Garmin)
I started running shortly after my 40th birthday to train for the "once in a lifetime marathon" (mid-life crisis and all that) and haven't been able to stop since. This blog charts my progress as I attempt to go farther and faster than I have ever gone before.