Project Edinburgh Week 3

Week 3 required some tweaking to my plan before the week even began. Monday was supposed to be a rest day and runs 2 and 3 were meant to be the other way around, however work commitments and the fact that since Christmas I can’t seem to get up early enough to get in a run before work, hopefully as the mornings start to get lighter earlier I can rectify that.

3-1

The first run of the week was supposed to be a hills session but it turned out to be a complete disaster. As I mentioned above Monday was supposed to be a rest day but instead I needed to get this run done. It was supposed to be a 2 mile warm up followed by 6 x 400m hill repeats with a 2 mile warm down. It was a 2.5 mile run to the hill I was going to use and the warm up felt ok but by the time I was midway through the second repeat I knew my legs didn’t have enough in them to finish the session so I decided to abort the session and run home.

3-2

After that horrendous first run of the week I was a little anxious about the second run of the week, which following the rejigging of my plan, was to be 8 miles at a steady pace. A steady pace for this training plan has me aiming for 9:05-9:30 per mile, and between that Monday run and the fact that I’d not consciously tried to run at that pace for that distance outside of races had me a touch concerned.  It made a nice change to not be concerned about snow or ice or wind or rain. As with most of my runs lately the first couple of miles were far faster than I was intending but the remaining 6 miles were pretty much where I wanted them to be and I felt really strong throughout the run.

3-3

The penultimate run of the week was 4 miles at an easy pace (9:30-10:00 per mile). The wind was really starting to pick up during this run and in a way I think that helped me keep closer to the pace I’d been looking for. Again the first mile was too quick but not as bad as recent runs have been.

3-4

Sunday’s long run was to have a mix of paces in it. 4 miles easy (9:30-10:00 per mile), then 3 miles at half marathon pace (8:05-8:25 per mile), followed by 4 miles at marathon pace (08:30-08:45 per mile) and finished off with a 1 mile warm down. Thankfully the wind had died down for this run and it was a nice sunny morning, with a bit of ice in places. I finally managed to run the opening easy miles at the right pace. The 3 miles at half marathon pace were all a bit too quick and the 4 miles at marathon pace were about where I wanted them if a bit on the quick side. I was pretty anxious before this run about whether I would be able to keep the pace at the right level as the run got longer. Following this run I’m feeling a lot more comfortable with my training plan and with the marathon journey as a whole

I have decided to raise some money for Macmillan Cancer Support in the run up to the marathon. If anyone has a spare couple of pennies they wish to donate you can do so at http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/paul-storey18

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