Stand up to Cancer Celebrity Chase

Today’s 10k was well… tough to say the least.  I climbed and climbed and climbed more, I honestly thought my heart was going to explode. But when I reached the top my god it was worth it. 

Sadly as I was running a 10k Virtual Race (probably not the wisest idea bearing in mind the climb) I couldn’t stop to take a photo. But I did when I got to the bottom. 

I had a great run with breathtaking scenery. Came a respectable 3rd behind Mel C and Ore Oduba in not the best time ever but with the hill I did well to finish. 

10k in 56.50min still faster than my first 10k on flat ground back in September so pretty pleased with that. 

80 Minute Long Run

Today’s training run was 80 minutes, pace Easy.

I set up my watch but stupidly set two alerts on it, one for heart rate min and max, the other for pace min and max. I was so determined to stay within the easy zone, but after 10 minutes massively regretted the two alerts they drove me potty. What went through my head when I thought both would be useful??? 

Staying within the easy heart rate zone is so difficult I feel at times that I would be walking if I slowed down enough to keep my heart rate as low as it should be within this zone.  There apparently is method behind the madness and I am learning the whys from. Dr Phillip Maffetone’s book as we speak.  His philosophy and teaching is to slow right back, from what I have read each person he has trained also struggles and cannot understand the reasoning behind it but go on to say it really works.  I will keep trying though I am sure I will get there. 

Today was also my first try with energy gels, with it being an 80 Minute run I thought I would give one a go. In honesty I am really not sure I like them, sickly sweet and of course ever so slightly warm from being in my pocket! Thankfully I had been warned not to down the whole lot in one go, in actual fact I only managed half anyway. Perhaps they are an acquired taste and will grow on me, perhaps I will find other ways to fuel my body for the marathon!!?? 

With my long runs increasing I think I may need something to keep me going during them and when I think in October I have to run the distance between home and Droitwich nothing short of a small miracle with suffice.