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This is the sixth week of my schedule that takes me through to my multi race running at Bournemouth marathon festival this October. Last week, this was my training mileage:

Mon: Rest day.
Tue: 3 mile warm-up, 5 mile @ sub marathon race pace, 2m cool-down
Wed: 14 miles, general pace.
Thu: 5 mile recovery
Fri: 11 miles, general pace.
Sat: 6 mile recovery run, then 3.2 mile ParkRun pushing my son in his buggy!
Sun: 21 miles at Sunday Long Run pace.

I totalled 70.5 miles, a second successive 70+ mileage week and all in all, I am coping well.

As usual all runs are recorded over at Strava if you’d like to see the routes and my pace etc.
I struggled with the early miles of this week’s Sunday Long Run because I ended up doing a lot more miles and at much faster pace than I had planned on the Saturday before.

My son, who is not quite 4 years old (you have to be 4 to be permitted to run a ParkRun, but I thought it would be fine for him to have a go if I had the buggy on standby. I am not sure what my own expectations were and why on earth I thought that my 3 year old son would be able to run 5km. I ran with the back marker when the hooter sounded to start, and we ran for about 100 metres before my son said he was tired. He managed to run a mile in 8 minutes and 30 seconds and I was amazed, and from there he jumped in the buggy and ordered me to go faster.

I then ploughed through the field of runners and came home with a bit of pace, but used too much effort all things considered. I needed my coffee before Sunday’s long run. The long run was not the toughest run this week though. The lactate threshold run on Tuesday was very challenging. I had to run the central 5 miles at 6 minutes 15 seconds pace which I struggled to maintain. The second mile was a 6 minute one though and I think I blew myself out by not paying attention more closely to my pace on my Garmin. I got it done and was pleased to get home that day, although it did zap me of energy later in the day and I slept well that night.

That is the key that I am noticing with my current training schedule – the general miles are being run slower than I am used to, as I mentioned last week, but the fast runs are giving me more of a workout than I am used to – and I am really notice the difference. Most noticeable is my basic general pace – I am struggling to keep it slow enough, my body just wants to naturally run faster as I am getting fitter and faster, I consider this a good sign.

In addition to the coffee on the morning of my Sunday long run to perk me up, I got my legs all light and bouncy using my self-hypnosis process that is well honed now. I have practiced these processes so many times that I use them when out running very naturally, if you’ve missed them here before, here are links to those techniques:

Getting My Chunky Legs To Feel Light as a Feather When Running Using Self-Hypnosis.

Using Self-Hypnosis to Get Light Legs and Bouncy Feet When Running.

That is it for now, just a brief update this week, I’ll be back soon.