Well, I entered my first HM (Chesterfield) with 12 weeks to go and found myself a 12 week programme that took me up to the event. All went well for the first 4 weeks and I even started thinking about aiming for a finish time that didn't look more like a marathon time But then I gave a lovely bug a home for the next three weeks which meant no training! So down to 5 weeks left of, hopefully, trouble-free training. First week back I picked the flatest local routes I could find (no mean feat in Derbyshire) and still quite lumpy but slowly managed 5.2k, 8.21k and 12.89k. This week I've done a 5.6k hilly run, 3.5k c25k speed podcast (twice back to back). Which brings me to today, due to commitments my long run had to be today and I got a bit carried away (I do know the 10% rule but am a bit time challenged). There were times when I felt as though I was wearing the red shoes as I just seemed to keep going and any thoughts of stopping didn't reach my feet - or they ignored my head . I was getting tired towards the end and not surprised when I saw my stats 19.95k in 2-14-12 and 169m of elevation, oh, and 1129 cals. Got back and stretched, rollered, cold showered and chocolate milk. I will be spending much of the BankHol walking round London so hoping this will ward off the DOMS and act as cross training. I have a blood donor session next weekend so will be taking it easier then, also have work commitments which mean it's going to be a challenge to get 3 runs, never mind 4 in. This training lark isn't easy is it? Upside is, as long as my legs keep working, I now know I can do it and maybe won't have to walk as much as I was thinking I might.
Have a good weekend everyone.
Keep on keeping on.