Training week 7

Well done on everyone who smashed PBs at Brighton half earlier today.  My Twitter feed has been full of photos, race reports and race chat.  I did feel rather envious of you all.  We are thick in half marathon season right now and I am desperate to test my legs out on a road half to see how much I have improved.  My current half marathon PB stands at 2h 09m 16s, set at Bedford half marathon back in 2012.  I’ve only run three half marathons since that time – Bristol half 2013 (2:30:58 – during the midst of ultra training where I had been told by my coach to run the race at marathon pace AFTER having already run for 90 minutes), St. Neots half 2013 (where I DNFd due to a foot injury) and Royston half 2014 (2:35:51 – a tough trail half).  I’ve not been able to race a road half since December 2012 and want to see where I’m at.  Nothing seems to fit into my schedule at the moment though – on the 8th March there are half marathons both in Cambridge and Milton Keynes but I am away on a hen weekend.  Other than the Silverstone half (run it once, doesn’t appeal to me to run it again.  Plus it’s really expensive!) there doesn’t seem to be any half marathons that slot in before Milton Keynes marathon day at the start of May.

Maybe I’ll just have to wait until the Autumn as long as my legs last that long!  So, onto training for week 7…

My targets for Jantastic this week were five runs with a long run of twelve miles.

I got a few longer runs in this week with it being half term (although without including any really long runs) and clocked up my highest mileage week of 2015 to date with more than 46 miles for the week (Garmin struggled to start on three of the runs so Garmin Connect is showing about half a mile short for each of the three).

Monday: Rest day.
Tuesday: 6.08 easy road miles with a friend (plus about a half mile before the Garmin kicked in)
Wednesday: 10.55 tough trail miles involving lots of mud!
Thursday: 5.68 road miles in Group 5 at running club (plus an extra half mile).  I usually run with Group 4 but for a change this week I ran with a lower group and noticed how much easier I found the group compared to when I had been running with them before Christmas.  Big confidence boost!
Friday: 10.27 tough trail miles with a friend (the same route as Wednesday although Garmin was late starting)
Saturday: Rest day (rushing around viewing potential new houses)
Sunday: 10.72 easy trail run with friends followed by 1.48m of road running on my own to make the total up to the required long run of 12 for the week.

Week 7 of marathon trainingAs well as running, Dan and I managed to fit in a bit of eating this week.  We’ve been trying to cut down on our spending ready for the house move but we had an envelope from a couple of relatives at Christmas with a bit of money in that had been given to us to use for an evening meal out when times got stressful.  Friday night was that time so we headed out to The World’s End in Earls Barton.  We had been there once before for my birthday in October and both said we would like to go again.  Booking was easy, as we were able to make reservations online and the service was spot on.  Within minutes of us ordering our drinks, a large rowdy group were shown to their pre-reserved seats.  The waitress offered to move us further into the restaurant, away from the table and we took her up on that offer.

Dan as always was very predictable with his order of a steak with peppercorn sauce (and then passing over his onion rings, tomato and mushroom to me!)

Steak at The World's End, Earls BartonAnd I guess I was equally as predictable in ordering the vegetable mezze platter.  I love being able to choose from lots of items and this certainly didn’t disappoint (although I really struggled towards the end to finish it all!)  The platter contained balsamic vinegar, spicy hummus, coleslaw, two hunks of bread, some grilled aubergine, pepper and mushrooms, green salad and an onion and courgette frittata.Steak at The World's End, Earls BartonWe did manage to split a dessert, although only because we’d seen several pass us that looked amazing.  We decided to share a chocolate mousse with shortbread and this was absolutely delicious.  I’d be happy to go again just for the dessert!Dessert at The World's End, Earls Barton

If you are taking part in Jantastic, how did your week 7 go?
Are you predictable when it comes to ordering out? – Dan could have told the waitress my order and I could have told her his!

8 thoughts on “Training week 7

  1. I feel your pain re: half marathons. Half marathon ‘season’ seems to have passed this region completely by aside from the one race in January that I missed due to the course being an ice rink and a really hilly one at the beginning of March, which isn’t worth running for a PB attempt because I’ve done it twice before and the elevation gain is too huge. In the areas around London there seems to be a half marathon every other week from February to November! Lucky people in those regions yet again.

    Congrats on another successful week :)
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    1. I agree – they all seem to clash or be down South! I’m really trying to cut back with spending this year and along with my target of not over-racing in 2015 maybe it’s a good job there isn’t one that fits into my schedule this time round. I might ‘race’ on my own over 13.1 miles and see what my watch shows. It won’t be quite the same I know as I’ll have stops for traffic and lights and no medal to show for it, but hopefully it will give me an idea of where I am at and help me determine what to aim for at the marathon in May.

  2. Well done on another strong week. I can understand you wanting to try a half, although it is so annoying when they don’t fit your plan- when we were training for Stockholm none of them were around the times that we wanted them to be, so we didn’t do one in that build up. It also depends on how far you want to travel- Brighton was 2 1/2 hours in the train, so for some people that is too far but as we love going there for the weekend it is not too bad. The person I know who I met in the starter pen had had to leave at 5am to drive down- not the best prep!
    I am pretty predictable when eating out because usually there are only a couple of options anyway, so they easily get whittled down.

    1. Thanks Maria. :)
      Yeah, two and a half hours would have been too far for me to travel, but great that you guys could make a whole weekend of it. I wouldn’t have enjoyed a 5am get up before a race so would have had to stay over beforehand and we’re trying to save up a bit of money again this year after paying out for our wedding last Summer. I’ll just watch on enviously this year instead! Massive well done again for smashing your PB! :)

  3. I was so envious of the half marathoners this past weekend. I did Brighton last year and it was good fun (though the course is a bit dull…long stretches of straight road – the sea can only do so much as a distraction). I haven’t felt like I have really gone for a PB since the Bristol half (the one you did – I remember seeing you that day!) All my others have either been trail ones or used as long runs. I suppose Reading last year could count but I wasn’t gunning it as a PB race. I have Southampton half in April but it’s not very flat…well beggars can’t be choosers!
    Ben is very predictable in his meal choices – lasagna, burger or pie. And I get his veg too 😉 That vegetable platter looks really good!
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    1. I remember seeing you that day too! Completely by chance – I just happened to look up at the right moment as you came past on the other side of the dual carriageway. I did enjoy Bristol half but it was run as part of Operation Ultra so we had all run for 90 minutes before the race and were instructed to race at marathon pace for the half. It was really weird running so slowly when I know I could do much better!

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