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3x15min threshold blocks on the RunCommute. Should have stuck with the plan and kept an extra recovery day but I wasn’t sure how the week would pan out. Coach Ben patiently explained that the point was to have pace work sessions throughout the week, so I’d still need some threshold work on Boxing day. Doh! Shot myself in the foot there.
Ran to the Like The Wind x Advent Running event where we ran with and heard from Lizzie Hawker. I’ve since worked out that I ran with an Italian lady who was beaten by and then later beat her over 100km.
Easy run (aka Womble) to work. Good prep for our team lunch. Bought these sparkly shoes for my niece – how cute!
Working from home meant a pre-work power round the local park. Turned out it was muddier than I thought. 6x5mins trying to hit 10k pace. Was going great guns on the 7th and then the wind hit me in the face. Hard work.
That’s it…sort of. This is one of my favourite places in the world. It’s the view from the top of Windmill Hill in Hitchin when you stand right next to my old secondary school. On a clear night with a light breeze and the lights of Hitchin twinkling below it’s the perfect place.
That should have been the end, but as I write this I’ve not stopped. I’m on 28 of 25 so far and I’ve got a 10k race with a fellow AR-er the 2nd.
After that I’ll rest because I know it’s important, but it is rather nice getting out every day.
I hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas and all the best for 2016.
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What’s been happening in advent running this week? Well, The Scientist Runs has her update from days 14-20 here and Victoria takes us through the sheer exhaustion and joy of week three at Fun, Fit, Happy.
There’s news that Epson are looking for people to test out their RunSense watch – I use it and it’s certainly the easiest HR monitoring I’ve ever done. Get involved: www.epson.co.uk/100runnertesters/
There’s been loads of great prizes over the last 20 days too: a Pact Coffee subscription, Never Stop London goodies, entry to the Vitality UK North London Half Marathon, a subscription to Tracksmith METER Magazine, a year’s pass for the Maverick Race series, adidas Running trail shoes, entry to Vitality UK Run Hackney, ashmei clothing, a Like the Wind subscription, Runderwear undernadgers, vouchers for The Running Works, snazzy adidas Sport eyewear, some Redchurch Brewery beer and a place at the Liverpool Triathlon. What a lineup!
Me? Well, here’s what I’ve been up to:
I couldn’t join the RunForCoffee so I created my own version. Mr B and I did our first ever parkrun and loved it. I did it in 20:15 and he did 21:46. Then I did a threshold session on the way home. I got my lovely AR T-shirt the day before so this was its first outing.
Day 13 An easy recovery run – I went out in search of Christmas lights. The end of a 61 mile week and still enjoying it.
An easy RunCommute with Mr B for company and ending at the permanent art installation outside the BBC building. You can read more about it here.
Should have been track, but a 2hr50 round trip and rain put me off so I did a 15 easy-15 hard-15 easy session on my own. It finished by meeting Mr B at his working and having to do a quick change in the loos…then meeting his boss. Nice.
Day 16 Another RunCommute and a personal challenge to see if I could do it in under an hour. Boom.
Day 17 Filled with 10k pace work and shiny red things
Beigel Run – my favourite.
Day 19 Another Saturday, another race number. This time I was number 63 at the 10 mile RunThrough race in the Olympic park. 10x1mile laps, 5th overall and 1st lady. 1:07:40. A really interesting distance to race. Wouldn’t mind trying that again. Also, LOVE my stance socks that hug my feet after a race and look so cool too.
Recovery run, went in search of mud and played on the swings. Another 61 mile week done and happily so.