Training Tweaks

2014-07-22_OverviewI’ve had to tweak my training plan a little bit this week for a couple of reasons. Firstly, things went a little bit to pot last week due to work commitments and I ended up training on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, leaving myself feeling a bit too tired for Monday’s run; and secondly, it’s the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Wednesday, which is when I had planned to do my Fartlek session. So, instead of running on Monday and Wednesday, I decided to have my midweek runs on Tuesday and Thursday instead.

Today’s session was the usual 30 minutes pacing, with a target pace of 6:35 – 5 seconds faster than last week. The temperature is still pretty high at the moment, so I decided to wait an extra hour before heading out this evening, which turned out to be a good call.

The air was nice and cool and there was a gentle breeze down on the seafront to keep me from over heating. This helped to keep the pace comfortable, although there was a lot of smoke in the air due to all the barbecues on the beach, which really isn’t very pleasant to run through, but I guess I’ll have to get used to that if I’m going to be running there throughout the summer.

Pace wise, I managed to stay within the 6:30 – 6:35 range for the first two kilometres but soon found myself speeding up in the third. I wasn’t pushing too hard and the faster pace still felt pretty comfortable, so I decided to just go with it and see what happened.

I could feel that I was still picking up the pace in the fourth kilometre and, when I glanced at the Garmin, I was surprised to see that I had broken the 6:00 pace. Although my breathing was becoming heavier, it still felt comfortable enough so I kept it going until I reached the fifth kilometre and then started to slow things down a bit until I finished my 30 minutes.

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In terms of pacing the run, it wasn’t what I had planned to do, but I’m pleased that I went with it. It has made me realise that my fitness is getting back on track and that I am making progress again. As for my Tuesday pacing runs, I’ll still work with the pace that I originally planned, but instead of staying within a 5 second range, my goal now will be to use it as a minimum pace for the workout.

How’s your training going? Do you use a tried and tested training plan? Or do you prefer to experiment and tweak it as you go? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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4 responses to “Training Tweaks”

  1. artisticsharon says :

    Following the HM training plan my running buddy gave me and today was a cross-train day. The plan suggests swimming, biking or yoga – so I called up a few ‘beginner’ yoga sessions on YouTube and did those this morning. A little difficult but I felt really good when I finished, I did 40 mins overall.

    Sounds like you’re really getting your legs back and falling into your old pace. I tweak my training all the time but now that I’m training for my first HM, I think I’ll try to stick to the ‘proven’ plan πŸ™‚

    • theblogrunner says :

      Sounds like the new HM plan is working well for you. I tried a bit of Yoga back in June but haven’t really got into it properly. I liked it but it’s not as easy as it looks – good to hear you enjoyed it though. πŸ™‚

  2. willbfit says :

    For my hm training I use the Personal Running training app. It’s a ten week program, with three runs a week made up of interval runs, tempo runs, and then a long run. For 5k training, I usually use the Couch to 5k app. This year, though, I’ve been all over the place trying different training apps. I’ll start them, but then don’t like them because I feel like they’re progressing too slowly. Because I’ve been so wishy-washy, my training has suffered. Usually, by this time of year, I would have completed my 5k training, and would have been a couple weeks into half marathon training. I’ve yet to do a 5k race, and it doesn’t look like I’ll be doing a half this year. It’s not been a good year…lack of focus. But you are doing great, and I love reading your posts! Keep up the great work!

    • theblogrunner says :

      Thank you. πŸ™‚
      That’s the problem with having so many great apps and training programs – difficult to know which one to choose! I’ve learned to pick and mix as most of the programs I’ve come across involve running more than three times a week, which I just can’t do yet.
      Patience is a tricky one for me too, so I get where you’re coming from. I love reading your blog and following your progress too. As for the half, I’m haven’t even done one yet and don’t plan to until February. Maybe I’m learning to be more patient after all… Either way, we’ll both get there in the end, so hang in there and keep up the great work. πŸ™‚

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