A Long Slow 16K Run

As I’ve got some time off work this week, I thought it would be a good opportunity to start introducing some more mid-week runs to my training schedule, especially as I swapped my long run on Sunday for a short one.

The plan was to get out early and run 16K this morning, but thanks to bad weather, social media and the cat that had firmly planted herself on my lap, I didn’t actually get out the door until late afternoon.

It was pretty cold, wet and windy so I decided to add an extra layer of clothes and head to the seafront. I should probably get myself a proper waterproof running jacket, but I made do with an old hoody as the rain wasn’t particularly heavy.

As this was to be a long slow run, I adopted the usual run-walk-run approach with a 3:1 run:walk ratio and made sure that I kept the pace nice and easy. It would have been nice to have gone a bit faster, but I didn’t want to mess up the distance and I was kind of enjoying taking my time.

Despite being out in the wind and rain for two hours, it was a really enjoyable run and I felt pretty good afterwards – apart from the fact that my legs feel like they are about to fall off, but that’s to be expected, right?

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Needless to say, I’ll be having a rest day tomorrow which will give me time to recover before Thursday’s shorter run which, hopefully, I’ll be able to complete without taking any walk breaks. As it is though, I’m feeling pretty good about the whole run-walk-run thing so no real pressure there.

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