This week’s plan, while enjoying myself (mostly PhD writing in a hotel) in Lisbon was:
|Day||Target Distance||Actual Distance||Time||Pace|
|21 September||3.2km||3.2km* with sprint intervals||21:43||6:47/km|
* I did this run on a treadmill, and there was an interesting conflict between my Apple Watch and the treadmill itself. The treadmill said 3.2km at 21:43, and I went with that, but my Apple Watch thought it was closer to 3.8km at 21:12.
**Treadmill again. My Watch thought I’d done 5.86km at 5:57/km. I was intending to use the treadmill to increase my pace with each half km, so started slow, but then a chap in the fitness centre started chatting to me, and I couldn’t get the pace too much above conversational!
What this week has mostly illustrated is: (1) running on a treadmill really messes with my sense of pace, and (2) gyms are a dangerous pace if you just want to get your head down and do something specific. But, hey. I got some stuff done, and also took advantage of the gym to do some yoga and some core training that I might not have done had I been focused on longer or faster runs outdoors.
I didn’t manage the long run this week, and I knocked it on the head around the time that that my knees usually start hurting: 6km. Since I had a fall a few weeks ago, my knees have been a bit dicky, particularly my left knee, which took the brunt of the fall. I still can’t quite kneel down on the floor on it, and I wonder whether there’s some internal swelling still. I’m hoping that a little less of a focus on distance and that some of the cross-training, with yoga and weights, will improve matters!
With that in mind, this week I’m running to feel. There is no plan…