Hi folks - so week 9 was a little uneventful.
2 x hardass spinning classes
1x 7miles- hilly round robin - but v satisfactory
1 x 12 miles - hilly run with my mate.
A quite dull week really - I am heads down just getting on with it - I don't doubt I will finish if I get to the start line. I am rather fearful of injury and I my legs are sore all the time. Mr Suzy B reminded me of the film Zulu - and the Zulu shuffle and the distances that were travelled.(Put that in my back pocket for future reference).
Today was a supposed 14 miles. I was to run 4.5 miles and then meet my mate who would pull me along the rest of the way. I got up with a very heavy heart- the long run days are really long run days and not a lot else gets done. That first 4.5 miles I crawled along in pain- just thinking I was going to let my mate down who had got up especially to run with me. What a joy when i saw her running to meet me - the rush of gratitude was immense - and the mysterious pain just disappeared? The brain is very odd? I decided to practice a slow run with little movement underneath my feet (the zulu shuffle) and just kept a very steady pace - and kept running with fewer walking/ stop breaks. I practised taking fuel on- board - and I was very surprised at the end I had actually run faster....I also ran so I had some 'gas' left in the tank - to give me confidence for my next run.
I only managed 12 miles - but you know it felt ok at the end- I was not dead on my feet, I drank a recovery shake thing and I now feel fine. Therefore the conclusion I have reached is that all that progressive running in the long run so to speak pays off. The body adjusts- and then you put it under pressure again - there's an expression for it - something like chronic stress exercise.
So I feel quite thoughtful this afternoon- what started out as a poor headspace run - turned into something much more positive with my mate. Also taking the pressure off myself - really did make a difference and i did better. The chapter I am reading is stressing the need to relax in the run to not waste energy and to run'easier' not 'harder'
So next week a jump to 16 miles - but we shall see. Am concentrating on my music for next week - as running solo.Going for great rock songs - voodoo child, sex on fire, walk this way.... Any other suggestion folks??
It was a happy sunny running day and Scotland won their Rugby match - Yay