Training day

I am nervous to say it too loudly, but training for the half marathon seems to be going to plan, and so far without injury or incident.

I am not really sure why, but I am really enjoying my running just now, and although not getting noticeably faster, some distances or pace of running seem less of an effort than I remember before.

I suppose like anything else if you do it often enough you should expect to see an improvement,but I think this current form is as much about there having been a spell of better weather for running ( no ice or snow ), and perhaps the effect of me increasing my running  frequency and monthly mileage.

January miles
January miles

Still it is 5 weeks to go till Inverness and we do have to get to 10 miles and beyond, and of course I would like to slot in some speedier sessions, or lose a bit of weight, get stronger, whatever mystical alchemy I think will give me the belief that I can run 13.1 miles at a constant enough pace to get a decent time and not feel too wrecked afterwards.

outdoor gym
outdoor gym

On Friday I had a day off work and as I was going to be in Cambridge over the weekend Alison and I  opted to do our long run on Friday.

I know some folk regularly run 10 or so miles at the weekend, but we are building back up to longer distances so it is still a bit of a thought to do more than 5 or 6 miles.

Friday was a bit grey at 8am but not dark, and the wind was gentle. We decided to do a straightforward out and back on our regular Dell route, and although it was certainly not effortless, it was a good run at a decent pace, and a great feeling to have ticked off 9 miles and still have the day ahead.

twin skin wonder socks
twin skin wonder socks

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