Progressing well…

Since last time running has continued to go really well.

There was a really strong speed play session along the Thames one Tuesday morning. I ran a 400m time quicker than I had in a little while, at least if we ignore a little Strava segment chasing in Lanzarote last month.

Just over a week ago I had an amazing Fast Finish session taking an hour in which I covered a little over 10k. At the time I’d only run 10k quicker in races this year, and there probably weren’t many training sessions ever that have gone quicker over that distance.

Last Friday, I squeezed in a session during my lunch hour, which I haven’t done in a little while. Again this was a speed session and I did a half mile time under 4 minutes. I have to go back to my last Greenwich Park race to see one faster than that.

I had a steady effort at parkrun at the weekend as part of a longer recovery run, and then a slightly longer Fast Finish effort over 65 minutes but this one wasn’t quite as impressive as the previous week’s.

However, ultimately things are all in a good place. Fitness is good. Health is fine. Injuries are clear. Have to say I’m really positive about races to come and looking forward to them.

To Greenwich Park and beyond

Usually a long gap between posts here is a bad sign but on this occasion it’s just indicative of being busy. And probably also indicative of there being a lot of running to consider in that time so I’ll try and be brief.

I’ll probably fail but I’ll try.

First of all these 8 weeks or so have been defined by variety in running. Particularly in location. Ranging from holiday (and running) in the Canary Islands, racing around Greenwich Park and dodging festival goers near the Thames August and September have covered a lot of bases.

I’ll just pick out the highlights somehow.

After Chasing the Sun very successfully I took a few days off running and then came back to it with a very positive Sweatshop 5k followed by 45 minute run and then 70 minutes / 6.5 miles at the weekend. That last one began a run of what now feels like running in the rain a lot. Every. Single. Time.

The following day to that I had the bright idea of running from work in Jersey up to the Airport. It didn’t go well, other than helping me to know I shouldn’t run uphill over a fair distance while carrying a reasonably heavy rucksack.

The following weekend saw us travelling south for a wedding but we managed to squeeze in a visit to a new parkrun at Hogmoor Enclosure, and then during the drive back home took in another parkrun location for a run, California Country Park.

The first week of September saw an unusual midweek evening run, but one that seemed to go really well. Then a trip to Prospect parkrun which wasn’t quite as good. The speed work I enjoy in my training was just starting.

Unfortunately the hill work hadn’t really happened so 5k racing around Greenwich Park with its unlovable long hill wasn’t brilliant, but I still enjoyed taking part.

During the next week I spent a few days working in London so I took the opportunity to run through some of the parks, and naturally enough the centre of one of them was closed.

On another week and then we spent a lovely week on holiday in Lanzarote, even squeezing in a bit of time at the hotel gym and pool as well as some enjoyable running. Our hotel was just off the rather hilly looking route of an Ironman event. Sooner them than me.

Since getting back proper training has really kicked in in preparation for our next race, returning to where it all began – what was our first half marathon – at Silverstone Circuit, this time running a 10k distance and if training can be used as a guide I have reason to be pretty confident.

So that’s a very vague selection of recent runs and things and hopefully I’ll not take so long to post the next one.