Fastest 6 Mile Training Run (So Far)

It’s now a week before the Two Castles Run 10k and so with that in mind  I’d decided I wasn’t going the usual longer run today. The fact that I only got back home from a weekend visiting the family ‘up north’ at 8:50pm would have meant a 10-12 miler was out of the window anyway!

6 miles was the chosen distance and by the time I’d gotten out of the house it was getting dark so I ran, for the first time since early March, my ‘winter route’.

The first part is downhill (as you should be able to see if you click through the Garmin map link below or by clicking here) and I settled in to a decent pace  which, after yesterday’s ‘quickest training run ever’ in the heat, felt really easy. It was by mile 2 that I decided that I felt comfortable enough to keep the pace up and I did. By the last mile or so I still felt good and checked my trusty Forerunner 205 and it stated my avg pace at 8:05 which I thought was surprisingly quick por moi. I had plenty left ‘in the tank’ so I upped the pace and ended up running the last mile in 7:20.

All in all a great run and it gives me a big confidence boost for the race on Sunday.

For the rest of the week I’m  thinking two 4 milers on Tuesday and Thursday and then resting until race day.

Distance: 6 miles
Time: 47:39
Mile Splits: 8:10, 7:55, 8:12, 8:05, 7:57, 7:20

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A Quick 4 Miles (d4)

This is going to be brief! Visiting family in Blackpool, very very hot, schedule says “4 miles”… did that.

The flatness of Blackpool led to it being my quickest training run ever.

Distance: 4 miles
Time: 30:24
Mile Splits: 7:35, 7:48, 7:33, 7:28
Avg Pace: 7:36 min/miles

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Day Three – Easy Walking

Off up to Blackpool this weekend to visit the family (I’m here now) so today’s exercise consisted of an easy three mile walk straight after work. Finishing work at 4:30pm means that if I set off when I get home I hit the traffic coming from Birmingham on the way up so I tend to ‘give it a little’ – the walk in the blazing heat was the perfect amount of time.

Plan on a 4 mile run tomorrow followed by by an easy 6 or 8 mile on Sunday depending on how I feel. I’ve got a race on the 12th so I’m starting to ‘go easy’ with that in mind! (Chip and number arrived yesterday!)

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8 Miles – A Run in the Sunshine

It looks like summer has come to visit for a few days… very warm.

The first couple of miles today felt quite tough with me thinking about how I could cut short the route and turn it into a 5 or 6 miler instead. I’m putting this  down to the heat. I might also have been a little tired from the run yesterday as I usually have a day of rest in-between them.

Between mile 3 and 4 I’d shaken off the urge to cut the run short at 6m and carry on with the 8 miles as planned and I’m glad I did. (As I’d kept telling myself I would)

Saw a lot of people out running tonight as seems to be the case when the weather turns ‘nice’ – personally I prefer running when it’s cool as I perform better… give me rain any day over 25 degrees C!

Distance: 8 miles
Time: 01:10:37
Mile Splits: 8:59 ,8:46, 8:42, 8:44, 8:50, 8:52, 9:06, 8:38



Juneathon 2011 – Begins! 6 Miler (almost)

Juneathon is here again!

I decided to switch my Tuesday run to Wednesday this week to start Juneathon with something other than a walk or pressups. Also, I figured having an extra days rest from the 12 miles on Sunday can’t be doing me any harm.

Went straight from work and had planned to run just over 6 miles. Obviously I’d mis-planned the route in my head as I ended up running 5.92m – which is fine but it’s not a round number is it?  So,  not wanting to do that weird thing where I run past my house for 60m  and then turn back and run the other 60m back to my front door, I settled for 5.92m,

I didn’t plan running the route as quick as I did but during the run I felt strong, probably due to the extra day of rest and definitely felt stronger than I did running the same route a month ago, which gives me good feelings about the 10k on the 12th June.

Day one: done.

Distance: 5.92m
Time: 48:22
Avg Pace: 08:10
Mile Splits: 8:39, 8:32, 8:24, 7:59,  7:23, 7:22