The second instalment of back to back long runs this weekend, I wasn’t entirely sure how this would go and for that reason I didn’t want to head too far from the house and so I did circuits of the village. I had in mind that I would do 2 full circuits (about 5km each) and a truncated 3rd circuit, but as it was I ran faster than I had anticipated and so I did 3 full circuits with 5km splits of roughly 27, 28 and 29 minutes.
This is a circuit that I normally use for runs of about half an hour, but opted to run laps of it in the Aberdeenshire sunshine. It heads through the castle grounds, giving a view to the castle before heading past the village green, taking in the view of the hills, green and church before running out along the River Dee, and then climbing back towards the castle. Had I realised that I would be moving so well I would probably have headed out to Glen Muick to do a circuit of the Loch in the shadow of Lochnagar.
The first hour of the run was fine, and I was moving quite well and freely, concentrating on maintaining good form. I’m conscious that as I tire my form fails, and then I tend to pick up silly injuries that relate to using a lazy stride. The last half hour was harder, but not really any slower. Again this run used a 14:1 run walk strategy which I am really happy with, and also as I said yesterday, surprised at the limited impact it has on average speeds whilst reaping the benefits of having a wee breather every 15 minutes (I am not excluding the walking splits from the data). I’m also finding it easier to stay on top of now that I have stopped trying to use the lap function on my watch, turning it off in error.
I have added a bit of a tagline to my header and to my Mission which sum up my thinking at the moment and what I want to get out of life. I won’t share the reasons why, but I’m pretty fired up and motivated at the moment to go out there and just make this happen. Any doubts about the Cateran 55 in two weeks have been put firmly to the back of my mind. Failure is not an option.
I’m now looking forward to some downtime as my next run will be on Tuesday evening. Hopefully by then I will have freshened up, my legs will be moving freely, and my aggravated London blister will have healed.
Signing off until the next instalment.