This week did not go to plan.
The plan was:
|Day||Target Distance||Actual Distance||Time||Pace|
|19 August (20 August)||5.0km (with drills)||5.2km||30:59||5:54/km|
|21 August||6.4km (with fartleks)||–||–||–|
I’m not sure why, but the midweek long run felt so much harder than the similarly timed run last week. It could have been because I hadn’t eaten enough to push on and do the longer distance, or because I had only done very short runs for the remainder of the week. Sometimes that’s just how it is.
Worse was that jetlag just really killed the rest of my week. I had a long flight overnight and just couldn’t face the Friday morning run, which I bumped to Saturday. And on Sunday morning, I was too tempted to sleep in than get up and run (and I ended up sleeping in by an impressive 6 hours, so…).
So, I only managed two-thirds of the distance I intended this week, and I bottled the half-marathon. That’s a pretty disappointing week. This week, I’m going to try to take a different approach: streak running. Running every day, usually shorter distances, to help re-inforce regular running as a habit. I did this once before (I won’t tell you how long I lasted), and I did find it a useful shift of gear. I’m not sure it’s going to become a long-term thing, but let’s see how it goes:
|22 August||6.4km (with fartleks)|
|23 August||5.0km (with drills)|
It means a pretty significant increase in the planned total distance, above the usually recommended 10%, but with only one long run, the hope is that it’ll focus me, rather than wear me out. Fingers crossed!