This is the last week of 2020 and I am pleased to say that I was consistent in my running and in the latter stages of the year I embraced a new running mindset. I enjoy running, therefore the language I use to describe each workout should reflect that love of running.
My goal this week was for 36.5 km – my actual distance was 37.78 km.
I did not have my first run until Thursday of the week, so I ended up having a mini run streak to get my distance in.
This week was my cutback week at roughly 28 km. I currently run 4 times per week, however, this week I made some adjustments and ran the Kms over 3 days. The weather at this time is unpredictable. The trails and roadways were dry at the start of the week, then we saw rain and then we woke to snow-laden routes on Christmas Day.
Today was my first run ‘Snow Day’. Although it was a mild -1 °C, I chose to try my new Sealskinz Socks. My toes always suffer in cold weather and I vowed that would not be the case this winter. It was mild, but the socks kept my feet dry and warm on today’s trail run.
Another great week for running has come and gone. The weather was kind and I enjoyed every minute of each run. I mainly ran by feel in all of my runs, but it seems that I might need to do a fitness test to determine my new ‘easy’ pace.
This has been a good week of again running consistently to plan, after having missed roughly three weeks, initially due to a lower back issue, then subsequently ‘buried’ by work commitments. In retrospect, I probably could have gotten out for some runs once my back felt better.
Day 1/4 Distance: 6.03 km Avg pace: 5:53/km
I recently listened to a Marathon Training Academy podcast featuring mindset expert, John Assaraf. The co-hosts and guest discussed the difference between being ‘interested’ in or ‘committed’ to achieving a goal or goals. This mindset message was timely for me as I pursue my long-term running goals.
I planned on running at my slower pace as I eased back into training, but I couldn’t seem to rein myself in.
Day 2/4 Distance: 6.02 km Avg pace: 5:49/km
This was supposed to be another ‘easy’ day! I felt great, nonetheless.
Day 3/4 Distance: 9.38 km [planned: 8.00 km] Avg pace: 6:48/km
Though I planned on 8 km, it’s so easy to get swept up in the excitement of running with a group.
Day 4/4 Distance: 12.13 km [planned: 10 km] Avg pace: 7:24/km
I probably could have slowed my pace down further, but all-in-all, an enjoyable run under overcast skies and a brisk wind at times.