Loch Ness Week Sixteen – RACE WEEK!


On the plan

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4M easy with 100m strides

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: 3M easy (approx 30 minutes) with 100m strides

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 2M easy (approx 20 minutes) with 2 x 200m MP strides


What I actually did

Monday: 4.1M in 38:05 @09:07min/mil

Tuesday: 3M in 29minutes ish

Wednesday: rest

Thursday:  rest

Friday:  rest – flew to Inverness

Saturday: 2.24M in 21.27

Sunday: moving time 4:14 elapsed time 4:18. Race report to follow but as you can see, sub 4 and I have unfinished business…


Loch Ness Week Fifteen


On the plan

Monday:  Rest

Tuesday: 5M steady run approx 9min/mil

Wednesday:  6M easy (approx 10min/mil 60 mins)

Thursday:  Rest

Friday: 1M jog, then 3M at half marathon pace, approximately 25mins, then 1M jog

Saturday: parkrun or 40min fartlek

Sunday: 9M steady at 09:30min/mil for 95 minutes

What I actually did

Monday:  Cycled to work and back

Tuesday:  5.24M @ 08:57 ave pace

Wednesday: 6.3M @09:55 ave pace

Thursday:  Cycled to work and back

Friday: Ran home from work 4.82M ave pace 09:03 min/mil – couldn’t get below 9min/mil and nowhere near the ‘half marathon pace’

Saturday:  Very gentle cycle ride around some pretty Suffolk villages, probably about 11-12 miles over about four hours

Sunday:  9.25M @09:22min/mil for 87minutes

Loch Ness Week Fourteen


On the plan

Monday:  Rest

Tuesday:  5M – 1M jog then 6x400m at 10K speed (approx 2mins) with 200m or 90 sec jog recoveries then 1M jog

Wednesday: 6M steady – approx 9:30min/mile in 57 mins)

Thursday: 6M – 1M jog then middle 4M at half marathon pace (approx 34 mins) then 1M jog

Friday: Rest

Saturday:  parkrun 5k or 40 mins fartlek (approx 4M

Sunday: 12M steady – 9:30min/mile in 1 hours 54 mins

What I actually did

Monday:  Rest (not even a cycle to work!)

Tuesday: Cycled to work. 3.55M efforts session at club. average pace of 08:57min/mil

Wednesday: 4.19M. Cut the run short as my left leg was so painful, I was hopping. Went home and stretched.

Thursday: 6.64M steady pace average of 09:31min/mil. Strapped my knee up and, while it felt weird, seemed to do the trick.

Friday:  Cycled to work

Saturday: 14.67M steady run, ave pace of 09:32min/mil. Happy with that, leg feels much better.

Sunday: 6.65M with Mr Charming ave pace of 09:44min/mil. There were some killer hills in there too and it was his longest ever run so pleased with the distance!

This week I will be mainly figuring out logistics for the race. Bib numbers, pasta meals, bag drop, airport shuttles etc. Oh, and working out what I’m going to wear.

Loch Ness Week Thirteen


On the plan

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 8M: 1M jog, 8x800m, at 10K pace (approx 4:00), with 400min in 2 mins 30 secs jog recoveries, then 1M jog

Wednesday: 7M easy 10min/mil for 70mins

Thursday: 7M – 1M jog then MP for 5M then 1M jog

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 3M approx 30mins

Sunday:  15M easy approx 2h30 @10min/mil

What I actually did

Monday: 4.33M @9:08min/mil ave pace with SRC Norwich

Tuesday: 7.82M with splits as below. Reasonably even but a bit slower than I would have liked.

Tuesday splits

Wednesday: 7.37M  – overall average pace of 9:09. Felt pretty comfortable, didn’t want to slow down for the jog at the end!

Wed MP run

Thursday: cycled to work and back

Friday:  Rest – even drove to work and back!

Saturday:  20.6M. Horrible. Felt so slow and awkward and really uncomfortable. Started out slow and got slower, at least, that’s what it felt like. Ended the run sobbing on the doorstep, frustrated with my lack of pace and energy and how generally rubbish I am.  It’s hard comparing it to the run three weeks ago – that 20M was a cinch compared to this one. Le sigh.


Sunday:  6.11M with Mr KS on his LSR @09:39 average pace. Wore my new Brooks Ravennas and they were like night and day compared to the ones I wore on Saturday! I love the other ones but for some reason, they’re just not gelling with my marathon training. I think I might keep those ones for shorter races.

Have you got a marathon you’re training for?

Have you made any amazing discoveries which you want to pass on?

Ever cried on your doorstep after a really tough run? Just me?

Loch Ness Week Twelve


On the plan

Monday:  Rest

Tuesday: 7M of 10 x 400 at 5k pace with 90 sec recoveries and 1M warm up and cooldown

Wednesday: 5M easy approx 10min/mil

Thursday: 7M of alternating 9min/mil and 10min/mil approx 76 minutes

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 3M easy

Sunday: 20M first 10 at 10min/mil,  second 10 at MP 9min/mil in approx 3hrs10

What I actually did

Monday: Rest – rainy BH so went to the RAF Radar museum then watched films on the telly

Tuesday: Cycled to work and back

Paul Evans session – nearly 4M ave pace @ 7:51min/mil

Wednesday: Cycled to work and back

5M easy ave pace @9:27min/mil

Thursday: 7.38M ave pace 9:20min/mil in 1hr09

Friday: Cycled to work and back. Swam 50 lengths in approximately 45minutes. Right knee swelled up 😦

Saturday:  ran to parkrun and parkrun – 5M 9:06 average pace

RICE on the sofa

Sunday:  Rest in an attempt to get my knee back to working order.

Week Twelve. I’ve been doing my stretches following the issue I had with my left leg last week. This Friday, out of the blue, my knee swelled up and became really painful, especially when I bent it past 45degrees. A couple of grumpy days on the sofa later and it feels okay, but still a bit tender.

I’ve changed my shoes and I can only think that the stretches are encouraging muscles I’m not used to using properly, so hopefully this is temporary and will make me a better runner in the end.  Hopefully next week will be back to normal!