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.
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.