Oh my this was another super interesting week. Let me see, where to start?
We could start with my intervals being really really tough but going ok none the less
I did 8 one minute sprints with a 90 second jog in between (ignore split 1 and 18 because they are warm up and cooldown ).I know that wasn’t the plan but it’s a way that works for me.
I did my 45 minute recovery run down the path before work. I love the fact that it’s getting light enough to do that now. It amused me to think that before my marathon training I would have counted this as a long run! This was 3.68 miles and it went well apart from losing my phone along the path and not realising until I got home! Luckily it wasn’t raining and I found it on the first leg of the path.
Next I went to the sports shop at my gym and spoke to them about a Gait analysis. She did it a totally different way. First I got barefoot (that’s another demon put to rest) and then walked up and down. She spotted straight away my dodgy ankle and which one it was!
Then she had me stand on one leg and bend at the knee to see which way my leg bent.
Then she lifted my toes.
In conclusion I have pretty neutral feet with high arches and should not get too rigid a shoe because of that. That will be why my previous Saucony trainers aren’t working for me and why my cheaper off the shelf ones are fine. She suggested I don’t change anything this close to the marathon. If anything just get another pair of the ones that work for me and after the marathon I can always go in and get some new ones.
This made a lot of sense to me because I don’t get any aches and pains from the trainers I use either for running on the treadmill or outside (I have separate pairs) so I was very happy.
Then today was a 2 hour 15 minute run on my schedule. I had arranged to take the little one over to my friends house and run from there. She is right on the Fife Coastal trail so it was perfect.
At the same time Becca and Darin were running the Brighton half marathon – so I was secretly hoping my time would get me close to 13 miles!
It was a gorgeous day and I ran through Tentsmuir forest so it was totally off road which was lovely.
I started from the top left and headed as you can see on the map along the red line to the right. When my iPod Nike+ told me I was half way through, I turned round and headed back the way I’d come.
Then a couple of things happened. My knee started twinging painfully like it was going to give. I had to walk more than I would have wanted until I found a strange gait that kind of work. This all happened about 1 hour into the run. As it was in the forest there was no option to hop on a bus!
Then you can see I headed to the bottom left. I totally missed my turn home! When I realised I doubled back and took a wrong turn down a dead end again! Then I doubled back again and found the route home which was the left hand leg of the rectangle. By the time I’d realised my mistake, I had run 11 miles and my 2 hours 15 minutes was up.
As my knee was duff I started walking.
I eventually got home in 3 hours and 7 minutes which my Garmin watch said was 13.2 miles and my Nike+ iPod thingy said was 14.9 miles. I walked for about 45 minutes of that.
So there you go. I ran a half marathon today –ish!
Although the last 30 minutes were hell and I could barely walk, right now, a few hours later I feel ok actually. I’m sure I’ll be sore tomorrow but I’m happy that my feet aren’t sore and blistered. I just need to sort my knee!
So here is my summary for the week
If you want to guess my time you can below and it would also be really nice if you made a small donation at the same time by visiting my BT MyDonate page (I have chosen this method of fundraising because they don’t take any sort of admin fee which I like). I won’t be constantly plugging for a donation because I know money is tight. I only want you to give to this cause if you can afford it. There will be a link with every marathon post I do – as well as a link to guess my time. Here are the guesses so far
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