It is that twilight period for me where; I am out of routine, getting up late, going to bed late, gently fading into mediocrity, and loving it.
Another week of hard days at work, and just training as I feel. Have been accepted into Berlin Marathon in September, so I now have a 6 week window to run just for the pure joy of it, before knuckling down to serious miles and routine.
It so happens that I love fell racing, which is convenient as we live in an area where fell races are everywhere. It is so cool to be able to drive 20min from home and do a fell race on a Tuesday night.
When I first moved to Snowdonia, I was still predominantly a track runner. I was convinced that the strength I was gaining from all the fell running would pay spectacular dividends for my track season. It didn’t really work out that way. I lost a lot of track sharpness, and didn’t really feel the endurance benefits translate to flat, fast running.
The benefits of fell running (apart from it being life-affirming and inspirational and incredible fun) are more long-term for me. My body gets tired and weak from doing repetitive road running all the time. The variety of movement, the balance and proprioception needed for fell running, strengthens the joints and tendons and keeps me safe (apart from when I fall and rip my knee to pieces, blog post here).
Looking forward to doing another local fell race on Tuesday, then Liverpool Rock n Roll Half on Sat. Then getting on the track for a 5000m, and also want to get that sub 60sec for 400m done (it is one of my New Year’s Resolutions).
Non-running related highlight of the week
Impromptu stop at pub on Sunday, after taking kids swimming. Pint of cider in the sun as Jim plays in the beer garden and el sleeps. Felt glorious at the time, but it wiped out my day. Impossible to do anything productive after, I promptly lock myself out of the house
Best thing on the internet this week:
Some hit and miss, but mainly hits. Favourites are:
no.4 – Complaining is a f*cking waste of time
no.11 – Create value ahead of everything else
Thing I’m digging this week:
Interview with Yuki Kawauchi (Winner of Boston Marathon 2018, 76 marathons sub 2.20)
Also this. Great song, shit video
|Bank Holiday. Working on roof till 9.30pm|
|Tuesday||REST||Moel Y Gest fell race – 1st. 35.16. 7 miles total|
|after rain all day, beautiful evening, decide to do race over track session|
|Wednesday||REST||5x1km in 3min (3min)|
|no warm up, no warm down, just go straight into it|
|tired out from heavy days at work|
|Friday||REST||3 miles including 8min flat out|
|because I feel like it|
|Saturday||Bangor Park Run – 16.02. 10 miles total||REST|
|beautiful morning, really enjoy it|
|sposed to do 10, can’t be bothered|
|TOTAL:||28 miles||tm = treadmill|