…really it does, it feels like such a long time ago that I was running every day. Thursday was the first run I had done since Saturday and even though it was only 5 days it seemed like an AGE because I have got so used to running more….all a good thing I think!
I had a few days off. Sunday I was hungover and incapable of moving off the sofa even for junk food. Monday I had planned to do my club run but I woke up feeling grotty and with a scratchy throat – no doubt a battered immune system due to the drinking and (oops) smoking on Saturday night. It hung around until Thursday morning – a double dose of Berocca and Pharmaton, coupled with LOTS of fruit and veggies saw it off, so I went out for club run Thursday night.
My aim was to run the whole way – no walking stops, and I managed it. A very hilly 2.5 miles which made it more impressive that I didn’t walk although I wanted to at the top of one particularly bad hill! My legs felt good so I went for another slow little plod tonight just 2.7 miles, average pace 12m26s has a very long slowly rising hill that I normally walk up, but tonight I ran half of it. I MUST do more hill runs…
It’s now only 6 weeks, 2 days til my 10 mile run. I’m scared. I was scared anyway but when the nice and very optimistic coach man at the running club gave me my training plan yesterday, I got more scared.
This is how our conversation went:
Optimistic Bill: I didn’t know what sort of time you had done before – you said you ran 8 miles last week so I guessed you’ve probaly run for an hour and 40 mins?
Me: Er, yes, once.
Optimistic Bill: Great! Once is better than none! You’ll be doing two and a half hours within 4 weeks….
At that point I think I passed out standing up. I vaguely remember being handed a piece of handwritten A4 and I walked away. One of the other members came up to me and told me that ‘Bills training plans are the best!’
…could it be?….do I have?… the HOLY GRAIL. The 40 minute 10k plan (even though it’s a 10 mile plan) with minimal effort…..
Er, no! It looks like it’s going to be bloody hard work and if I don’t lose AT LEAST a stone in the next 6 weeks I am going to be bloody pissed off!
Here it is:
Sat or Sun: Easy Pace for 1 hour 50 mins.
Mon: Easy 40 mins, Steady 20 mins
Tues or Weds: 10 mins easy, 4 x 12 mins fast with 2 mins jog recovery (REALLY??? Don’t you mean LYING DOWN Recovery) 10 mins easy
Th: 75 mins steady pace
S: 2 HOURS, yes 2 HOURS easy pace
I can’t think that far ahead, it looks too scary…what have I done?