Fartlek to start a big week

So it’s the beginning of a new week and one which is no doubt going to be one of the biggest and most memorable of my life, for on Friday i’m getting married. Probably less than 5 hours after I finish my easy ‘pre-wedding’ run!

Usually I can go through training sessions with a fair amount of focus, especially during fartleks due to it’s on and off nature. Runs for the past week though, and no doubt for the rest of the week, have been filled with wedding thoughts. Mainly thinking through my speech.

You can see today’s run on Strava, here.

Long runs are typically where this ‘writing in the mind’ happens, but today seemed a big one for it as well. I can’t really remember too much of the session except for I think I’ve finalised what I want to say – even if i’m yet to pen it completely!

“Effort based is the way to go and don’t be slave to the watch.”

A couple of points which I have thought about regarding the run today though are:

Effort over pace
This is the same for every run that I do, but it was a bit more obvious today. Long spells of the ‘on’ parts of the run were running directly into a head wind across the moor. Rather than worry about what pace I was running at, I just ensured that I kept my effort levels where I wanted them for the duration I needed to. This is something which I would advocate to any runner for any of their runs. Effort based is the way to go and don’t be slave to the watch.

“the jacket had done wonders from keeping me dry from non-existent rain, but inside was a sweaty mess”

Be better at reading the weather
I have an ongoing joke that whenever I put my running jacket on for the first time for a season, it’s then very hard to venture out for another run again without it. That’s all fine if the weather continues to be not the greatest, but when we have little surges in nice weather like we’re experiencing this week it can be a little troublesome. Today was a great example, and after my first surge I was regretting the jacket. I plugged on anyway. On my return home, the jacket had done wonders from keeping me dry from non-existent rain, but inside was a sweaty mess and plenty wet anyway.  I’ll learn my lesson one day!

“It’s not really the traditional runner’s strength training in terms of squats, lunges etc. but i’m trying to do more of it and this seems like a good way to fit it”

One final note is that today I also included some strength training in the morning prior to running in the late afternoon. This is nothing fancy and included 100 kettle bell swings – the session probably lasted no more than 10mins.  It’s not really the traditional runner’s strength training in terms of squats, lunges etc. but i’m trying to do more of it and this seems like a good way to fit it in without having to commit too much time.  I’ll continue with this where I can and monitor how I feel.

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  1. Hey, many congratulations for the big day on Friday! I’m sure you’ll hone that speech perfectly. You make a good point about being guided by effort rather than pace – depending on circumstances, a particular pace can feel like a real struggle or a breeze. Kettle swings? For me, just put the kettle on for a good cuppa!

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    1. Thanks Derek! Speech is there now and feeling confident. One more run through just in case maybe! I’m with you with the cuppa tea – I’m quite the tea fiend actually! 👍🏼

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