Are we all surviving the Summer Holidays? I’ve heard lots of comments about it being harder to get out for a run when the kids aren’t at school. Even though my son is older and I can leave him at home on his own I still find the holidays difficult. I think it is because we are out of routine – and I’ve realised that I thrive on routine!
I’ve not taken any time off work so far these holidays (I’ve got a week off right at the end!), so work continues as normal – although I’m lucky that I work from home but everything just feels out of sync. I’m sure that this shows in my running too: I don’t feel as focused; I don’t feel as though I’m improving.
Running with The 401 Challenge seems ages ago, but it was only last week ! I was a bit sore for a few days afterwards – hips as usual. I did a very short run a couple of days afterwards and parkrun as usual on Saturday but by the beginning of this week felt OK again. A short early morning run on Monday to start off the week and club run Tuesday evening. I wish I’d taken some pictures as it was a perfect evening, we were running through the countryside as the sun went down – it was gorgeous. 8 miles done.
It was a club track session last night – not often that I go to two club sessions in a week! I didn’t feel quite on form so found it hard, but session completed.
I did do something different last night with my Garmin. I normally have the auto lap feature turned on, lapping every 1 mile. I find this really useful when looking back on runs to see where my pace drops. However, it isn’t so useful on track / interval sessions. So I turned it off ! Which means you can press to manually create a lap (once you’ve worked out which button……). Obviously this depends on remembering to press the button…… I only forgot once or twice!
The session we did was:
30, 60, 90, 120 sec efforts with half the length of effort as rest (15, 30, 45, 60 secs) x 2
We were supposed to be aiming for 85% effort throughout (I find this bit hard to judge).
I like track sessions and definitely think they have done me some good – we will soon be finishing them until next year and I will miss them.
I’m currently putting together a 16 week training plan – this takes me through to November and the last race that I think I’ll be doing. I’ve realised that whatever plan I do needs to be fairly flexible, but I work better when following a plan rather than making it up as I go along. Any tips?