Sunday Cycle to Hever Castle

Yes I went cycling! It wasn't very warm but I'd agreed to meet my friend Mandy and we were going to support our friends at the Hever Triathlon so there was no 'cop out' option.

I layered up because it's England and even though the sun is shining, it's cold. I decided to wear my trainers instead of my bike shoes. I think I'm going to wear them for a few months until I'm more confident on my bike. I am so scared of falling off, getting it by a car, you name it so I think this will help me.

I had to cycle to Mandy's which is around 7 miles. It was pretty flat and the roads were empty so it was a dream. I met Mandy and she reassured me that it wasn't a long ride and there would be 1 short hill around 200m long.

This was a lie. It was very "undulating" -cyclist code for HILLY. I was pretty pleased with my effort overall though. It was sad not being able to keep up with someone on a mountain bike but I should give Mandy credit because she is one badass cyclist!

I rode to my highest elevation to date, 516m so I was pleased! Overall, I am happy I went and proud of myself. I need to seriously step up my game though. That 90k cycle is not going to be my friend....

Reigate Half Marathon

It all started off so well- the sun was shining (which was a good thing considering my outfit choice of a vest and shorts!), I was with my new running group who were all so encouraging and enthusiastic which was lovely as I was there on my own. The first 1k was uphill and I mean a sharp uphill. It came and went fine, I was actually happy with my pace which normally never happens. I felt good, seriously good. It didn't feel like it's usual struggle and I was maintaining a steady pace of around 5.20/km which isn't bad for me.

Half Marathon

I have entered a half marathon. It is in 11 days. Yes you read that correctly, 11 days. Less than 2 weeks. I have been running around 10k a week so I mean, it's just a piddly little 11k more, right?!

Sooo....I entered because I wanted to gauge my fitness and running ability. As you may know I am running my first marathon in April and while it is still far to early to start training, I'm keen to build up my fitness and get comfortable running long distances. I don't think there's anything wrong with starting early as long as you make sure you don't burn out.

Track: Learn How to Count

Oh dear, you know you're in trouble when you can't count to 4 twice in the space of 20 mins or so. I went to the track last night on very heavy, lead-like legs. I haven't been eating properly recently as I've been really stressed and emotional and my usual response is to just stop eating. I know how bad that is but it's just how my body is. Safe to say, it doesn't make for an easy run!

The session last night was,
(4 x 400m with 1 min recovery) x either 2, 3 or 4 times with 2 mins between sets.
Set 1: 1.36, 1.38, 1.41, 1.45
Set 2: 1.47, 1.47, 1.50

I went for 2 as I didn't feel great and I loathe running 400m. There's something so cruel about that distance on a track, it looks much shorter than it really is and hurts far more than you'd expect.

I did the first 4 no problem. Well, it hurt and as usual I was at the back on my own but I managed it fine. My times were slower with each turn of the track but I just couldn't get my legs to move. I had my 2 mins rest and went again but somewhere along the way, I just lost count. I had no idea where I was and being lapped didn't help as I couldn't gauge my run to anyone else's. So I ended up doing 3 400m not 4 for my second set.

Honestly I doubt I could have run more. My head was spinning and my legs were gone. Note to self- eat properly and drink plenty of water. Duh.

LSR: Long Slow Run

Oh yikes, I hadn't done one of these in a good 6 months! The night before I went for a meal with my family and boyfriend cue 2 courses AND a pudding so I wasn't exactly feeling it.

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