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Playing catchup

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I may not have posted my blog but I did run last week, I started my PGER training schedule.

Sunday 9th June I was supposed to start with a 10K at half marathon pace!!

Well I did the 10K, but it certainly wasn't at half marathon pace, which just proves to me that it's good I started now, because I need more speed work. I've been too long away from regular runs and need to build my fitness levels again. But it did prompt me to look back through my training diary to see what I was doing last year and I was surprised to find that I wasn't much faster and on a couple of runs, quite a bit slower.

So I went into last week, feeling a little better about it all. My Tuesday session was distrupted by a meeting in town, which I had to walk to after dropping off my car for repair and MOT, so the intervals shrunk from 3.5 miles to only 2.5 miles which I did on Wednesday. A 1 mile warm up followed by 100m intervals/recoveries.

I then proceeded to do a 5 mile run, 1 mile warm up, 3 mile tempo, 1 mile jog, then a 10 minute walk home. My legs really do not like a long walk and two runs on three successive days.

My Friday morning swim which is usually great for stretching me out and unravelling me a bit was cancelled, so I went into 7 miles on Sunday 16th June feeling like I needed a steam roller to get rid of all the kinks. It took me a good 2 miles for everything to settle down.

Then, believe it or not, the sun came out!! Just in time for the completely unshaded part of my run alongside the river and I don't do well in the heat. I did complete the 7 miles, but at something like 30 secs per miles slower than expected. I shouldn't be complaining, but the sun disappeared again in the afternoon and it was cooler again.

I'm hoping this week goes more smoothly.

The photo below is me on a training run for the PGER in 2011. So far I've not managed to persuade hubby to bring his camera along on a run to get some more recent images. Mind you the routes are very similar. Any ideas where this one is? If you spot me, say hello!!

 

Training run 2011

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Jenny lives in Peterborough and has run the Perkins Great Eastern Run every year since 2009 after discovering running later in life

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