It doesn’t sound much but I’m pleased to have made it this far! I’ve managed 4 runs per week about half the time and 3 on others.
This week however the plan got a bit tougher. Wednesday’s run was listed as a ‘pace’ run, at about 2 minutes faster than the jog. Now the plan lists the jog as 14-15 mins per mile, and I have been happy ticking along at 13-14. So if pace is a 12 minute per mile on the plan would I have to do it at 11? And to boot, the longest run so far was 4.5 miles and the pace run wasn’t a nice 2 or 3miles, it was 4.5. I’d been thinking about how to tackle it all week and decided that I would go for pace, so I would try to do an 11 minute Mile, jog a bit and then try to do another one.
Tuesday I managed to get my run in despite working away from home. A nice jog around Stanley park in Blackpool. A very typical Victorian park with geometrical flower beds, trellises, a bandstand and a boating lake. Lovely in the evening sun but I was too busy trying to keep running not walking that I didn’t take a picture.
Tuesday night was a late night so although I didn’t drink much I was tired on Wednesday and the pace run didn’t come off on weds evening. Was I deliberately avoiding it? Thursday/Friday I felt a bit off and tried to catch up with work things. Missing a run is really bad for your psyche though. It’s that all or nothing type thinking that does for me – oh I’ve missed one, another one won’t make any difference ……. It does. So I shifted myself on Saturday and forced my weary mind and body to go for the local Parkrun. Running with others would encourage me to run at pace, and I thought that 3 miles at pace would happily replace 4.5 miles at pace and the 3 mile jog I had missed.
So! We have a new Parkrun only a few miles away from where I live. Witton park Parkrun! Very well organised. Just as well, as I turned up not knowing where to meet or what the route was! I had done a 5k race for life there so I thought that the route would be similar. Wrong! The organisers have taken great care to include a nice hill, twice!
This is the view from the top of the hill – those are the tops of trees not bushes!
After the hill there’s a little bit of a trail run through the woods, where someone had kindly sprayed any protruding rocks or tree stumps with bright paint so that you could see (and avoid) them, then a circuit around the path. Halfway around the second lap you get diverted onto the grass where they have done a very organised finishers funnel to get you into single file.
I liked the trail, I liked he grass finish, and I even liked the hill. Yes, honestly! I think that having a change of surface changes the muscles you use and give the others a rest! Second time up the hill I was determined to keep running, but I was done for at the top and was almost sick!
At the end it looks like I did it in just under 38minutes. To be honest I’m a little bit disappointed which brings me onto the second topic in my blog, hidden agendas. In my marathon book chapter 3/week 3 deals with the hidden, or shall we say secondary agenda. The aim of the training plan is to do the runs and then you will be able to complete a marathon. The hidden agendas are the things that can lead to disappointment, de motivation and I suppose ultimately failure if you don’t address them. My secondary agendas are common ones I guess,
1. Hoping to lose some weight
2. Wanting to do a good time
Realistically, if I can keep up the plan for 42 weeks, I have no doubt that in the end I will become slimmer and faster, but these are not the aims, not the goal and not how I should measure my success. The aim is to complete a marathon in April.
Having said how pleased I am with my progress, I didn’t publish this blog last week and I haven’t run for a week. Initially I thought that I should go back to the park and take some pictures to brighten up the blog. But what I didn’t mention was the fact that I had a little bit of chest tightness after my runs on Tuesday and Saturday and on the runs before that some sensations of my heart skipping a few beats. It wasn’t really painful of anything, but it was enough to make me feel a bit nervous about running alone in the early morning. I am a worry wort but my husband would not forgive me if I put myself in danger.
In the end I thought that if I was nervous enough to be put off running I should go to see my GP. She kindly organised some blood tests and an ECG which were normal but suggested that I don’t run until I’d had the tests. I’m also having a treadmill test in a week or so. She thought that is probably just pushed myself a bit hard, which I agree with.
Having had a normal tests I feel greatly reassured. Actually I feel more than reassured, I feel blessed to be so healthy. When I was sitting in the surgery actually saying no I don’t smoke, drink, take any medications I felt like a rare specimen! I had normal blood pressure and cholesterol. My GP even checked my thyroid function ( an overactive thyroid can cause palpitations) and despite my lurking paranoia that I would have an under active thyroid ( I’m always cold, tired and a bit overweight) it was actually slap bang in the middle of the normal range. Now I can reassure myself that my low resting pulse rate is because I’m an athlete!!!lol!!!!
So I went for a run his morning, determined to take it easy, walk if I need to, stop if I get pain. Well I didn’t get any pain, it was a beautiful morning and I did get a lovely slow paced 10k under my belt. As a bonus it felt a lot easier than when I’ve done that route in the past☺️
Do you feel blessed to be a runner?
Wishing you all healthy happy running!