Back on target

July 2, 2013

After a disappointing week last week, I neglected my sprints on Saturday and decided to have another go at 10k to see if a decent one would lift my spirits and give me some momentum back to my training.

It was definitely the right thing to do, I ran my fastest time yet, and felt good at the end of it, without the stops to cross roads, I might have slipped in under the magic 50 minute mark. Still, it did the job of cheering me up and on.

Sunday and Monday were run free, so was looking forward to getting back out there today. I tend to treat Monday as a warm up for the rest of the week, so I don’t push myself too hard, just shake off the laziness of the weekend and get back into the zone.

I did my usual hill run, which I have been struggling with a bit, I can’t believe it’s not getting any easier, I’m starting to think that maybe I’ve just got a mental block with it and it’s not a physical thing at all. After all, I have run up other hills and not been so felled by it.

I made two discoveries today, firstly that I have got quite used to wearing sunglasses as I run and without them today was a bit tricky. I couldn’t find them this morning and didn’t think anything of it, the sun wasn’t really out anyway. The glare was quite irritating.

Secondly, and I’ve been thinking this for a while now, is that cereal is not a good morning before a run food. I stopped a couple of times as I felt, well, let’s just say, uncomfortable.

My pre-marathon breakfast has always been bagel with peanut butter and jam, followed by a banana, and, of course, two cups of tea. I might not have a bagel before every one but I’m definitely going to champion some kind of bready breakfast. (Just to note, I’d had a croissant for breakfast on Saturday, and that seemed to pay off!)

Saturday’s stats: 6.2 miles, 50:25

Today’s stats: 6.2 miles, 53:28

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