5 Rise x 2 = Tired Bear
Eee. Am feeling pretty good in a post-long-run-tired-glow sort of way. Ran on my lonesome this morning for another long Sunday session totalling 16 miles as I continue to try and build up the distance. It wasn't the most sensible session to have planned after a pretty tough VO2 track session on Saturday (breach of rule #1 of the Lonergan running bible) but the mile efforts were run slower than I would have ordinarily paced them so am hoping I've got away with the two hard sessions back to back this time.
The run did feel a bit tougher on the legs this week, especially negotiating the hills on the world famous 5 Rise Locks but I expect that this was also partly pacing - I averaged 7.09 for the 16m including my warm up miles as I'm always a bit faster on my own when I get in zone and run as I feel. I was good and regularly checked the heart rate to avoid working too hard and also opted for a cold soak when I got home; partly for pleasure as the second half was scorching hot but it might help the legs recover after the tough weekend.
Next week will be a bit interrupted again with a couple of short races so no more track work for a week or so. I'm likely to avoid racing the 5k distance unless I have M and club mates recruiting me for relays. I've a bit of a mental block about the short stuff so being encouraged to do a few of these can only be a good thing. A very relaxed evening stretches ahead with a big bowl of Spag Bol to reward my efforts earlier today. Only 12 more days and counting before holidays.