Thursday morning I decided to rest and save my legs for my session in the evening. I yawned all day at work, the stairs at work were a struggle and I felt rough. I think pushing hard on Tuesday on tired legs had left me using up my reserve tank and I was still running on empty. I always say that it’s best to listen to your body and I often do, if I get a cold or get a niggle I rest up, but I try not to miss sessions. Even though I felt tired I still wanted to do my training, but Clare made me see sense and we went for an easy 3 mile from home.
On a Friday myself and Clare usually go to the track and do drills, core and short fast but relaxed efforts, we planned to do the same today, however I decided to do last night’s session on the way to the track. I did 10 minutes of easy running followed by 20 minutes close to race pace then 10 minutes easy. I chose to do my effort on my way to Maiden Castle because it’s mostly downhill so I’d be able to run faster than race pace but without burying myself. As soon as I set off on my easy warm up I felt good, the effort went well too. It’s 4 mile to Maiden Castle, I got there inside the 20 minutes (well just inside). I felt fresh and revived after my rest day and I was glad that I’d taken the time off, better to do a good quality session a day late rather than a poor run, depleting myself further.
I got to the track just as Clare was starting her warm up. We did a mile followed by the Drills. After 30 years of running I’ve just started doing drills, luckily for me Friday morning is possibly the quietest time on the track. I’m not the most co-ordinated and often get my drills wrong, tripping over my own feet or losing rhythm and forgetting what I’m supposed to be doing, Clare has a good laugh at my expense, but I’m sure I must be improving.
Like I mentioned earlier when I was younger, I’d do my session go home and that was it, now I eat the right foods, do drills, core, get regular massage and wear recovery clothes. The older I get the more I have to do to just to keep on running well, if only I’d done all this when I was younger!
Sunday was a nice morning, so I enjoyed a long run into work about 11 mile. I ran through Quarrington hill, Bowburn then a loop around Croxdale and Shincliffe woods, it was cold but the sun was out and I felt good. On my way home I was met by Clare on her run and we ran the rest of the way together, a nice way to end the week. Topped off with a Sunday roast, perfect!