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Nice trail run and my post HM plan...

Nice trail run and my post HM plan...

I am enjoying getting back to my running after a short break for a small op recently and did a 10k on my favourite trails today (although took the first 4K to really settle in to it!😮). I am hoping to do the Great South Run (10 miler) again in October followed by another Half Marathon in November but have decided that over the next couple of months I am going to ease off some of the very long runs and focus a bit more on my 'speed'. This is something I have always been a bit afraid of pushing, if I'm honest. Although I do include quite a few hills in my runs I feel that my pace has just sort of slowly improved rather than as a result of any specific training on my part. I am going to try a little 'fartleking' 😀on my 5k pavement pounder and see if I can improve my 5k time a little. I will continue to run a 10k every other weekend alternating with a something a bit longer in between, depending on how I am feeling! Hopefully this way I will retain a bit of endurance for when I start to increase my runs at the end of the summer. Sounds like a plan, eh? I took the photos on a walk yesterday when I was showing my family some of my trail routes... (lucky them!) but also ran here today.🙂 Happy running🙂

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Wonderful views you have there - especially the bluebell wood!

You sound as if you are getting on really well with your running. I'm still at the "dogged endurance" stage, but I also need to work on my speed as I am shockingly slow.

It's great to see that there is life after a HM - thanks for posting.

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The woods are full of bluebells at the moment. Just beautiful!

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Beautiful Sandra... what a lovely run and photos too !

Glad you are feeling okay now sweetie x

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Thanks Oldfloss.🙂

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Woods full of bluebells, must be heaven to run through with the smells and sight of all that colour! 😎

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Sounds s terrific plan Sandra. Lovely photos!

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That does look lovely.

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Great plan, Sandra. I think the risk of injury (and boredom) is much lower if you vary your training! And what a lovely photo with the bluebells ❤️

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Always good to have a plan! :) lovely photos, looks a great place to run. I need to do some homework on fartleks...... !

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Swedish for "speed play" I think, and a good way of increasing intensity/speed within a run in a very controlled way (I like to feel in control!)🙂

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Good luck with your refocus on speed. That narrow trail through the bumpy grass looks familiar. I took my boyfriend for a walk in one of my trail-y areas to see the bluebells yesterday too. It's a perfect time of year to get the non-runners out to see things we enjoy all year round :)

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It was lovely to walk it too. My husband runs as well but is still building up after a long time on the ic following a knee injury. He used C25k to ease back in slowly and is now starting to explore a few trails locally , so it was great showing him some new routes!🙂

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Beautiful photos, Sandra! Your plan sounds good as well. We can't focus on speed and distance at the same time, after all (well, I can't!) and you have done brilliantly with your distance.

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Thanks Annie.🙂

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Sounds like a good plan Sandra. Your routes look so like mine I had to do a double take 😊 but your bluebells are further along than mine 🤗

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That looks very inviting? I was in the car yesterday, as a passenger, and spied bluebells. I wanted to get out and explore. They drawn you in don't they 😃

Trail runs are great, and present fartlekking potential to help you with your speed work. Trail running, with its many undulations helps with your endurance

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Sounds great Sandra!😊good luck with your new aims! That route looks really pretty😆

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You gotta have a plan - and I want to run November's half marathon a little faster😉!

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Beautiful photos ❤️❤️

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