Well it is 18 days apparently since I posted my plan to get from being a lapsed runner to a HM in 8 weeks. I had intended to post a progress report every week but didn't quite get round to it.
I was supposed to do some intervals, a tempo run and a 13k long slow run and (amazingly) I did just that. The 13k came in at 1:07:32
which I was reasonably pleased with as it was the furthest I had ever run.
Work just got in the way this week and I didn't manage to do either of my mid-week runs which I like to do first thing in the morning. I cant remember why but I didn't manage to get out on Sunday either so in total there was zero running done in week 3.
It rained. Pretty much all week actually and I refuse to run in the rain so again I didn't get my mid-week intervals or tempo runs done, then at the weekend I was dragged off to some family affair which meant I couldn't run on Sunday either. Zero running done in week 4 then. Uh oh, that is 2 weeks running - or rather not!
I was now so disheartened about not doing any training for 2 weeks that I thought I might give the whole idea up and so I didn't get out in the week this week either. Then a friend said he would join me on the St Albans HM on 12th June and that he planned to whip my ****. Now this guy is about 4 stone heavier than me but he is a PE teacher and owns and runs a gym. He also represented the UK, at judo admittedly and many years ago but you can tell the sort of competitor he is. Time to get back to work...
I decided just to jump back in as if I hadn't missed any runs at all and so this morning I set out to do 16km / 10 miles - further than I have ever run again! It actually went quite well considering I had taken nearly 3 weeks off. I managed 1:25:02 and was still able to walk the dog afterwards so I am fairly sure I can stretch that out to a HM in under 2 hours as planned. We will see....