diary 4 – diary 6
Monday – Day off. Tuesday:
Today it was interval training.........my favourite not! Anyway luckily I had a Spa Day arranged with my two lovely friends Bex and Jan. Bex is also running the half marathon!
Week 4 (28/2 – 6/3)
As we had arranged to have a massage at the Augustine hotel we decided we would meet beforehand and spend the time working on our intervals on the two treadmills they had in their gym. We ran together and it was so much easier with someone else. Interval training is hard at the best of times however it seemed to go quickly as we were both running! We also had the incentive of the massage we had booked afterwards! We ran 7.9 km in total.
It was cold today but the run was fine. 50 minutes and I ran about 7km and I actually felt quite good. You definitely see the benefit of interval training. It was Tim’s birthday today so I was pleased I had a day off from running on Thursday so I could enjoy some wine
Very happy I had a day off today!!!
Today it was our Pim’s Women’s meeting again in Prague 9 – Letnany. I managed to get there for 11:15 and we all met up at around 11:45. It was great to see everyone again and catch up. We were given all our Adidas kit, which was great. Bright colours and really stylish running gear. Shoes were nice but will need to wear them in and of course a mi-coach! Great running tool! We spent the first hour talking about experiences and catching up and then Milos held a 50 minute HEAT class. I would highly recommend it. I had not done it before and once I understood what I had to do it was really enjoyable. Better than a treadmill, more walking but you could regulate speed and the gradient. Would go again! Left around 16:30 after having arranged to run the 10k the next day at Kbely. Why???
What a fantastic day! Today I woke up at 07:00 to make sure I was out by 07:30 to meet up with Lamya one of the twelve of the Women’s Challenge. We set off on our way to Kbely where there was 10k race and where we would be meeting 8 other ladies from the team! I have to say that I hadn’t felt this nervous for such a long time – it had the feel of a school cross country race. The smell of deep heat, all the young supple athletes warming up and the buzz of people getting ready around you! The race started at 10:00 and it was great. The weather conditions were perfect; chilly but sunny and the route was nice and flat and on country roads. The 10 of us ran brilliantly. Ilona, Eva and Pavlina all came in under 50 minutes, which was amazing – they even overtook Milos who was the pacemaker for 50 minutes . I finished it in 56.06 and I was over the moon! I was grinning from ear to ear as were all the others. Petronela followed 30 seconds later and the rest followed within minutes. There was a real team spirit and I hope we continue to meet at races now and then through the year (not sure if I can do this every week ) Another ‘feel great’ run!
Interesting run today – why? – well firstly had a late night on Saturday, as we went out for dinner with friends and had a great evening but very tired in the morning!! Secondly ran in new shoes, which was a little painful as I ended up with blisters on both of my feet on the soles, which hurts! However the shoes do need breaking in and so better to have them now then on ‘Race Day’. Good time now as I have 4 weeks before ‘Race Day’ so by then my feet should have hardened! I did manage to run for 1 hour and 35 minutes. It felt good and I think I ran about 16/17k need to measure exactly but I was exhausted by the time I came home!
Bye for now!
Week 5 (7-13/3)
Monday – Day off
Today it was interval training again and I ran with Bex again my fantastic running friend. We ran outside along the river and it was tough. We really pushed ourselves and ran 15 mins, 8x 2 at fast level and then 8x 2 slower and then 10 minutes. We were absolutely exhausted. The first two minutes of the fast run you manage ok but after that it’s a battle to keep going at the same pace for the 2 minutes. The first minute you manage and then 30 seconds just about and the last 30 seconds you are panting.... Anyway once again the weather served us well and we managed a good run and I felt that I could tick off my interval training on my plan and feel good about it.
Today I was absolutely exhausted and only ran 30 minutes as I’m planning to run a long run and maybe the 10km at Pecky on Saturday so have had to change the plan a little. 30 minutes although is such a short distance my legs felt hollow void of all energy!
Was supposed to have a long run today however Bex ‘s children were unwell and so I decided to stick to my original plan and run my long one on Saturday so used today as a day off. Good job really as I am still so tired. In fact I have no energy and just want to sleep. Am feeling nervous about my run on Saturday now!
50 minutes today and so ran outside again. Lovely weather again and actually felt OK. 9 km which I thought was good and now seems a normal distance and time. Ran along the river past Vysehrad and through the tunnel along to Podoli. It’s lovely down there and quieter, which is good.
Long run today with Bex. We actually met up just after 15:00 and parked near Modrany to run our long run along the river. Funnily enough after feeling so exhausted this week I was nervous about the run. We set off towards Zbraslav and there were so many people out on their skates, bikes, and some runners. We ran to the little hospoda near the Zbraslav bridge and I have to say it felt quite tiring but good. We then ran back to where the car was parked but continued on along to where the golf course is and along the river. I think we must have run close to 18km and we ran that in 1hr 46 minutes so very pleased. Towards the end I actually felt I could have kept going. It’s the first part of the run that can be the battle. I did try a gel today – was a little nervous as they can make your body react in different ways! However I must say it did help and I think I probably would try another one nearer the 90 minute mark for the last push. I ran in my old running shoes as I have been getting terrible blisters on the soles of my feet. Painful! In the past I always get blisters and have also had toenails coming off but that just seems normal. Sounds terrible but actually it’s the blisters that are worse. Anyway felt good and it was such a lovely Spring Day that it made me smile!
50 minutes today so decided to do that around 12 and thought I would run the same route as yesterday. My second worst run on the training plan. I know it was only 50 minutes but at 15 minutes I was having to pull myself along to the point I ended up stopping and walking. I was so disappointed with myself and really did not enjoy the run. Met my family at the car and felt very deflated. Less than 3 weeks to go and today was not good!
Week 6 (14-20/3)
Monday – Day off!
Interval training. Great training session today as there were 5 of us. Ladies from Pruhonice and who are good friends of Bex. Thank you ladies for coming along today! It was great! WE started off running across the bridge at Rudolfinum and along the river in Mala Strana and Kampa. We ran back over Palckeho and then made our way down to the river where we planned to run our interval training. SO nice leisurely run to then running 10x 2 minutes fast and then 2 minutes slow. Tough very tough but with so many of us it actually made it so much easier. Running is a great sport because it is so versatile. If you need to clear your head it’s great – you can run on your own, or you can listen to music and run in your zone. Or if you fancy a catch up with a friend you can and then running in numbers makes you more focused. We all ran so well and then ran back to my home in Prague 1 and felt great. We were actually out for 1hr 25 minutes in total and I think we actually ran almost 12km. Not bad especially as it was interval training! Great feeling today; beautiful weather!
Today I left my 50 minute run for the evening thinking the weather would stay nice and lovely. Mmm by 16:00 in the afternoon it had started to rain. I decided to break up my 50 minute run today by running to Dukla stadium to pick up my eldest son who trains athletics there and then we both ran back. It was a nice run even in the rain and the fact I had my son’s rucksack on my back on the way home. He did really well especially seeing that he had been at training for 1.5 hours.
Thursday – Day off!
Today it rained, and rained and rained, so I decided to go to the gym and run on the treadmill. I took my headphones and decided to increase my speed as I usually run at a steady slower pace and I really enjoyed. I felt as though I was pushing myself but not to the point I couldn’t manage it. It felt good that I managed 9.22 km in 50 minutes so I just need to keep that going!
Why is it that with every long run I have terrible nerves beforehand. Today I met up with my very good friend Becs and I have to admit my heart wasn’t in it. The weather was quite chilly and windy and we decided to run from Modrany again where a week before everyone was out on their bikes and skates and today there were very few people. The weather was very similar to the Half Marathon last year and made me hope we have an improvement this year! Becs and I ran together for almost an hour and then I continued through Modrany towards home as it was easier for me to keep going. I took my gel at 55 minutes and then ran, ran and ran. To be honest I actually started enjoying the run as I was getting closer to Vysehrad may have been due to the fact that I knew I didn’t have too far to go I ran 19km in 1 hour 56 and that was with two stops so I was extremely pleased with myself.
It’s always so much harder to motivate myself to do these runs. However I called Tasha and we ran along the river first Old Town side and then Mala Strana. It was a nice pleasant run and the sun was out so made it much easier. I’m glad it’s a day off tomorrow though!