Last week saw only 2 runs and a grand total of 6.6 miles. So at the start of this week I felt determined to get back into a running habit, and set myself a fairly modest but achievable target of 15 miles for the week. So far, it's been going ok. I ran just over 2 miles before 7am on Monday, then got drenched in pouring rain over 3 miles on Tuesday, and last night was Jog Scotland night.
We did the dreaded 'Diamond' session - this involves running downhill through the local country estate, then turning round and running back up the hill. The path has a number of diamond shaped signs spread fairly evenly along it, so we run up 2 signs, then turn and run back down 1, and so on back up to the top of the hill. It's a session that we all moan about, but I don't think I'm alone in secretly enjoying a bit of hill training. Last night I felt pretty good until the last couple of turns when I started flagging a bit. I think I'm nearly (but not quite) back to normal after the marathon.
This may well be the very first time I've run for 3 days in a row, so today I thought I'd give the knees a break. I had a bit of child-free time this afternoon though, and as the black clouds cleared and the sun made a tentative appearance, I decided to get the bike out. I wanted to go for an hour, but ran out of time, so I just managed about 40 mins. Needless to say, I'm feeling much more smug and virtuous this week than last.
As for running, I'm on 11.4 miles so far this week, and I'm hoping to fit a couple more runs in. Having decided to get into training for a half marathon PB, I've realised how tricky it'll be to fit everything in during the next few busy weeks. My sister and husband are coming to stay this weekend, then the following weekend we're off on holiday for 2 weeks. I'll have to be dedicated if I want to get some decent runs in. When we get back, I'll do 4 weeks of teaching, before we go away for a week with Pete's family.
So where are those long runs going to fit in??! Don't know, but I'll have to squash them in somewhere between work and fun, as usual. Luckily I bought a new running top today, which I'm sure will help.
Almost at the top of the hill we ran up on Wednesday