I’m feeling tired and slow and I am doubting my abilities.
This is the ‘nitty-gritty’ part of marathon training when you prioritise the volume of miles over speed. Running 65 miles in a week has left me feeling knackered and sluggish. There is little time for rest and recovery when you are 52 and grinding out 65 miles.
For various reasons, I hadn’t run any races or even a parkrun for three weeks. My RunBritain ranking is slipping alarmingly, so on Saturday morning I wanted to arrest the decline and pep up my spirits by running well at the hilly Roundhay parkrun. I hoped to duck under 19 minutes for the first time in ages.
Unfortunately, the weather was spiteful – the cold temperature necessitated three layers and wind and rain whipped over the course. I still gave it full beans, but it felt that I was running with ankle weights on and I could only manage 19:32 and eighth place.
Today’s long run was an old fashioned character building outing – a 21 mile tour of north Leeds in rain, wind, hail, sleet and even snow at the end. Thankfully, I had teammates Joel and Myra to run with otherwise I may have jacked in and gone back to bed.
I managed to average sub 8 minute miles, even allowing for a 10 minute 21st mile when the sleet was firing directly in my face and I couldn’t be arsed any more.
That’s three 20 mile+ long runs logged. The absolute minimum acceptable number is five…hopefully I’ll do more.
On the positive side, I’m down at racing racing weight and I have some treats to look forward to next week. A day at Cheltenham races on Wednesday, then a blast around a fast 5K race at the York cycle track on Thursday and one of my favourite races next Sunday – the Thirsk 10 mile race.
Hopefully, my handicap may start moving other way soon.
This week’s post is all a bit negative, so to lighten it up a little try a light-hearted quiz…Can you name some famous people you might you find in the garden?…the title is my starter for ten, there’s also Sophie-Trellis Bexter and The ‘Hedge’ from U2…comment if you can be bothered!
LM -7 weeks
11 stone 0.6 lbs
65.3 miles, longest run 21 miles
Parkrun : Roundhay : 19:32 (8th)
Aerobic efficiency on long run 1,011 beats per mile
RunBritain Ranking 2.7 (unchanged) (MV50 rank 213)