"It's a treat being a runner, out in the world by yourself with not a soul to make you bad-tempered or tell you what to do." - Allan Sillitoe

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Marathon training - week 1

Just under 107km for the week - main runs were a couple of 16km runs, an 18km run and Saturday's long run of 27.5km.  One of the 16km runs included 8km tempo.  Tempo was at 3.55/km and I focused on staying below my threshold and not time trialling the run - something I have had difficulty with in the past.

On yesterday's long run with Sugar, Whippet and Liam the pace was pretty quick and I was struggling to keep up from about 10km onwards.  I decided that I didn’t want to trash myself and that running that quick so early in my program will result in me either overtraining or peaking way too early so I just eased off and enjoyed the view which was spectacular at times especially as the sun was rising.

Haven’t run Brooking Road since before Boston and it was as horrible as I remembered.  2 x long and steep hill at about 18km into the run.

Managed to stick with Sugar and Liam for the last 6.5km (whippet continued on in the other direction to run a total of 44km).  We covered the last 6.5km (downhill) in just under 4min/km pace and while they were chatting and I was just hanging on within listening distance, it was good to finish strongly at MP after such a difficult run early.

Very easy recovery run and then a gentle ride with Sammie hooked up to my bike via the Trailgator so far today.

Next week will be fairly big with the Moneghetti training camp from Friday-Sunday.  I won't do much speed  during the week, maybe a some pickups and also some strides as I expect that the Saturday Mona fartlek session will be a hard session.

Feeling good at the end of week 1, already getting used to waking up tired and going to bed even more tired.

1 comment:

trailblazer777 said...

sounds good....!!! I got acquainted with Brooking Rd a few times in recent years too. Well done! Hopefully Moneghetti II is as good as the original!