Week 5 – Just Working Through The Process

Week five of eighteen of training, and it’s really just a case of working the process.  And maybe – just maybe – paying a little more attention.

Tuesday was fine.  It was supposed to be a three mile day, I ended up a little over as I ran round Linlithgow Loch.  Nothing much to say about this run, except it was wet and windy…

Wet and Windy on Tuesday
Total distance: 5104 m
Max elevation: 69 m
Min elevation: 41 m

Wednesday wasn’t terribly clever.  I spent some time on Google Maps devising a nice six mile run to do after work, part of which involved joining the canal at a specific point.  Guess what, you can’t join the canal at that point!

So I ran along the road – luckily it had  a pavement, because it was pitch dark.  Eventually I was able to join the towpath at Philipstoun, but my six mile easy run had beome considerably longer.  So much longer, in fact, that I was desperate to get back and so I ran faster than I should have for an easy run. 

So, call that one eight miles…

This is where I had hoped to join the canal
Total distance: 13523 m
Max elevation: 102 m
Min elevation: 54 m

Thursday saw me doing pilates at lunchtime, and watching as the weather just got worse and worse.  Eventually I decided to chicken out and do my short three mile run on the treadmill.  It was so sweaty, though – I do prefer being outside

Sweaty Me!

On Saturday, the wind was blowing strongly.  Gusting over 40mph, I was to be found running along the canal for a six miler at marathon pace.  And my Apple Watch was playing up too; suddenly all my times were in minutes per km rather than minutes per mile.  So I spent much of the run trying to work out whether my speed was appropriate!

I also tried climbing the Wallacestone Brae.  I’m afraid to say it defeated me.  I have a lot more hill practice to do!

How windy was it?  Windy enough that a tree was blown over in the local park… I hope nobody was sitting on that bench!

Damage caused by the wind
Total distance: 10397 m
Max elevation: 152 m
Min elevation: 74 m

And that just left Sunday, the long, slow run.  As with the past few weeks, I started from Stirling Uni, this time I simply added an extra lap of Airthrey Loch to get the distance up to twelve miles.

No snow, minimal rain – this time it was wind causing the problem.  The outbound portion of the run was fine, but the wind was against me as I came back west along the Hillfoots and up towards Innovation Park.

So, that’s another week down.  Next week is a step-back week, then the distances rise a bit – the LSRs in the following two weeks will be fourteen and fifteen miles.

I have, however, booked in for the Alloa Half Marathon on 18th March.  This is a beautiful run and I was very disappointed that I didn’t think I would have been able to take part in it.   However, I have re-checked the schedule and it turns out I can take part.  This will be the end of week 12 of my training.  My goal is to run the Half at training pace – ten minutes per mile – and just enjoy the scenery.

The week after that is seriously scary.