Anyway, I was supposed to do 3 ,5, 3, 9 miles this week and I nearly managed it. Here’s how it panned out:
5 miles (8 km) : 47.08 : 5.52 min/km
I felt extremely leaden doing this run. Diagnosis: not enough water during the week, and not enough sleep (at least compared to my lady-of-leisure levels of sleep!).
4.31km : 25.01 : 5.48 min/km
Ooops, picked a route that wasn’t quite 5km…!
9 miles (14.6km) : 1:25:45 : 5.51 min/km
I was quite happy with the pace on this run but my legs were pretty sore at the end! I trialled two new things on this run – sunglasses and shot bloks – both obtained from City Sports.
The sunnies worked extremely well – they are very light and there was no sliding, no soreness – just perfect. Excellent result for $25.
I’ve never tried any running fuel before but I figured since I was running for more than an hour I should probably look into it. The good news is Shot Bloks are cheap ($2 each?), tasty and light. But they do say “always follow consumption with water” – and unfortunately the MinuteMan trail seems to be completely devoid of water fountains (bubblers in Boston-speak). Grr. So I just bit off small portions and sucked them. I used 2 bloks (as opposed to the recommended 3-6) on the run and they seemed to work ok but I think I’ll continue to experiment. The half marathon supplies GU apparently.
In other running news I signed up for Garmin Connect on Lockdown Friday (as I couldn’t go out for a run). I haven’t begun to explore all the features of this site but so far I’m liking it a lot more than mapmyrun.
This week (I know it’s nearly over) I’m due to do 3, 5, 3, 10 miles. I did 5 miles today: so-far-so-good.
Should I be concerned that it’s only a month til the half?