The last words I said about using the treadmill were to my husband the other day when I said that running 10km on one was more than enough.
So today I ran 14.1 km.
It’s week 8, day 4 of the Improve Your Half Marathon plan that I’ve been following and it’s bloody hard work, let me tell you! Improving apparently means working harder. I wasn’t expecting that. It involves running faster intervals and counting your steps and learning how to coast. I wasn’t expecting any of this. Let’s just hope that it works, because it’s bloody hard work. Did I say that already?
My training programme looks like this:
(taken from http://www.jeffgalloway.com/training/half_marathon.html)
I’ve asked it to give me 10 minute pace which should give me 2:17 over 13.1 miles. We’ll see. As it is I do seem to be keeping to the pace on longer runs (not 10 min/mile pace yet though – the long runs are at 11 min/mile pace), but I admit that I find the raised pace in training sessions really tough.
I mentioned in my last post that my PT son had concocted an isotonic sports drink for me.
[Isotonic – quickly replaces fluids lost by sweating and supplies a boost of carbohydrate. This drink is the choice for most athletes – middle and long distance running or team sports. Glucose is the body’s preferred source of energy therefore it may be appropriate to consume Isotonic drinks where the carbohydrate source is glucose in a concentration of 6% to 8% – e.g. High Five, SiS Go, Boots Isotonic, Lucozade Sport. Taken from www.brianmac.co.uk/drinks.htm]
The recipe Ben used was:
- 2 parts water to 1 part fruit juice (he used pure orange juice from concentrate)
- pinch of salt
It tastes fine and, if it does the job, is a lot cheaper than shop bought drinks. You can follow Ben on Twitter @BenC106 He’s talking about starting his own blog on fitness, so watch this space.