Staying slow, fighting headwinds

Week Ending 31.01.2016

I was supposed to be in week 3 of the 4 week cycle which meant a reasonable big week with a speed session and quality long run but I bought forward my easy week.

Having had a busy weekend doing various family things, Ally and I managed to get out on Saturday for an easy 5 miles in the howling wind and snow and after we marshaled Meltham 10k this morning I went out for a quick 4 miler which I have to admit was as much about streak saving (and a stretch of the legs) than needing the miles.

Quite pleased that I seem to finally be getting on top of the heel issues that have been plaguing me for months thanks to dedicating a lot more time and effort on stretching daily and running to heart rate on my easy days because it’s so easy to run too fast then claim “it feels easy” when technically you’re going too hard. Something I’ve long been guilty of.

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Wind and snow today. Eyeball hurting stuff going into it! #trailrunning #huddersfield

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Most of the week it’s been howling gales and rain but to be honest I don’t mind. The worse the weather, the more I tend to enjoy it.

The reason for the easy paced week was simply because my glutes were feeling tight this week so rather than push on because the calendar says to, I eased back and my focus remains as best I can on quality and not overdoing it. Running is a long term thing and I need to keep in mind that my goals are more likely to be hit in the summer/autumn time with a solid 6 months of base and speedwork.

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Marshalling Meltham 10k today. It was a bit chilly and rainy but we got a nice surprise when the guy over the road came out with a brew and plate of biscuits. Felt a bit guilty, it was only at mile 1 and we'd been there 10 minutes ☺ #running

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Really pleased Meltham 10k went down well with all the runners. Heard lots of positive talk and feedback so hopefully the main race our club puts on each year can be called a success again!

Next two weeks are massive for me. Dewsbury 10k next weekend where I want to go for a PB and it’s actually going to be the first 10k I’ve done since the same race last year so the mark of 36:34 is there to be attacked. Then the following weekend is Windy Hill fell race. 9 miles stand between me and claiming the Meltham Club Fell Championship to go with the parkrun championship I won last week.

  • Monday – 5.4 miles
  • Tuesday – 10.5 miles
  • Wednesday – 9.4 miles
  • Thursday – 9.5 miles
  • Friday – 10 miles
  • Saturday – 5.7 miles
  • Sunday – 4 miles

Total: 54.8 miles, 4616ft elevation gain