Friday, 17 February 2012

It's been a difficult week this one. Work is very hectic, and some other personal issues have impinged on my training somewhat. I managed a 10km on Sunday, and have done my obligatory rowing outings, but haven't found any time to do running on top. As it's coming up to the 2 months to go mark, I really can't afford another week like this :(

Today, my aim is to run for at least an hour and a half. Let's see how it goes...

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Didn't manage an hour and a half run yesterday as I was so late finishing work :( Did an hour at a steady 11km/hr pace; it felt comfortable as I finished, like it could be sustained for much longer, but I was dreadfully bored and quite glad of an excuse to stop which makes me sad ;(

Running outdoors still seems dangerous; I slipped on my way into the gym last night and skidded along quite a way (though thankfully I kept on my feet!). I've never been very good at staying upright at the best of times - I remember my cross-country coach telling me I needed to 'trust my feet' more on a particularly muddy run. I nodded, set off, and promptly fell flat on my face. It wasn't the last time I did that either. I don't think my feet can be trusted, which means I need to stay indoors, and thus need to find a way of amusing myself when I'm on the treadmill. Will go again later today, and try and push out the mileage a bit more.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Yesterday was a good training day, rowing-wise. Although the river was pretty impassable past the railway bridge, we did a double run from Jesus lock and back to get some mileage down. I felt like I was beginning to get the sustained power I'm looking for, though still finding the blade is washing out a bit at the end.

Did a 3x 1km for the evening erg session at rates 26, 28, and 30. Pleased to find myself a good five seconds faster than when I last did this; average split now sitting at 1.50 (.1/.9/.1). Hopefully I can break the 1.50 boundary next week!

I do feel my running mileage has slipped slightly, so I'm going to try and do an hour and half on the treadmill at the gym tonight and see how far that gets me. Hoping to come out around 17km, but we'll see.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Neglected this blog slightly in the last week, but not my training, I hasten to add!

Wednesday I put in another 7km at the gym. Thursday was meant to start with rowing, but the river was so icy, it was a sprint erg instead. Finding it very difficult to get above rate 30 with any meaningful decrease in my split! Another thing to work on.

I went back to the Midlands Thursday afternoon, but went to the local gym with my Mom to put in fifty minutes of swimming in the evening (plus some time in the steam room and sauna, where I met some other first time London Marathoners. Glad it's not just me whose already feeling nervous about it all!).

Friday I did 5km on the erg, and then a forty minute steady run on the machines. Saturday was meant to be Newnham Short course, but the weather saw it called off. I put in a technical erg instead, and called it my rest day.

Today was therefore meant to be another long run, but I'm not keen to go out in the snow in case I fall over! I'm definitely being a wuss here, as I've seen other runners out, but I don't want to turn an ankle or something right now (and the gym is shut as the staff haven't been able to get it, so can't treadmill either...). Instead, here's a picture of what I have achieved today!

Tomorrow I'm mean to have an outing and an erg; will definitely do the latter, might try and do a long run at the gym if the former is cancelled due to the weather.