Week 4 – A slightly emotional week

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Monday – Rest day

Day off from work and training today. Back to the city in the morning, settled in the afternoon, and relaxed in the evening. Much needed rest.

How on earth it’s only one month to my half, I have no idea. I feel like I haven’t got enough training in, even though this is probably the longest amount of time I’ve spent training for a race shorter than a marathon. Guess that means I’ve 100% committed to my proper return to running then haha.

 

Tuesday – 7.1 miles

Today’s session was 4×1 mile with 90s recovery between. Goal pace of 7:10.

I had been in a horrific mood all day, I was a mix of anxious, grumpy and restless. The worst kind of combination. I thought it was just a come down after a lovely weekend away, but I went through such a spectrum of emotions during my run I must have seriously been bottling something up. Whatever it was, that run definitely dealt with it.

I kind of knew in my head I would struggle to reach 7:10 pace, but really pleased I managed an average of 7:30 ish. Not bad after a weekend away, a race and a bad mood.

During the warm up my head was filled with so many rushing thoughts, swiftly replaced by general grumpiness during the first mile. In the second and third mile I got a bit teary and had a lot of negative self talk. But then everything fell into place for the last mile and I was smiling again for the warm down home.

I had a really productive evening and went to bed super satisfied with myself. It’s amazing what a run can do.

 

Wednesday – 4 easy miles

Lunch runs are the best runs, although I still don’t know my way around Islington lol.

 

Thursday – 0 miles

I was meant to get in some tempo miles this evening.

The walk home from the tube stop felt a struggle, and then when I got home I collapsed into bed, not moving again for the rest of the evening. It’s annoying to lose consistency, but at the same time I think this was my body telling me it’s had enough today.

My legs never ache, but they were definitely feeling it all of today.

 

Friday – Rest day

I slept for 12 hours last night, and had I not had work today, I could have slept for a few more. I ended up taking a half day as I really didn’t feel right. Perked up a bit more in the evening.

 

Saturday – 6.77 miles and core strength

Fartlek blocks again today. I felt a bit better after yesterday, and it helps I can spend the day lazing in front of the rugby.

6min, 2x3min, 6x1min, 2x3min, 6min.

I was so ready for this session, but the route I had chosen was packed. It had never been this busy on a Saturday morning previously, but lots of side routes were muddy and flooded, so I guess everyone was limited in where they could go.

I didnt really get to run the paces I had been aiming for as a result. It was still a good session, but I had a chat with my coaches to see how we could move sessions off a Saturday in future. Looks like I’ll be resting on Saturdays and sessions on Fridays from now on (yes!).

 

Sunday – 12 miles

It felt amazing to get some distance in my legs. I love running longer distances so much, and today didn’t disappoint. So pleased to be feeling and running much more like myself again after a very long week.

This lot of half marathon training I’m only going up to 14 miles in my longest run and I’m a little stressed about it if I’m honest (I usually run up to 17/18 miles).  But I said when I started that I wanted to train the right way, and no matter if that meant making changes.

 

29.87 miles in total for the week. It hasn’t been the easiest week mentally and emotionally, but it’s done and in the past now. Thank you for reading, and I’ll be back next week for more.

8 thoughts on “Week 4 – A slightly emotional week

  1. Gary says:

    Sounds like you had a tough week Rachel – but you still had a good week of decent mileage so take that as a positive. Next week will be better I’m sure 👍

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  2. Lucy At Home says:

    I’m not a runner but I love walking/hiking and I definitely agree with you – have the time out in the fresh air with just your feet pounding the ground is a great time to work through stuff you’re dealing with mentally.

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

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