The last 5 days has seen me complete 4 runs; something that has been unheard of for me, outside of Juneathon of course. Just to make it even more of an achievement (or punishment maybe) is the fact that I’ve done it with one less pint of blood than normal! The night before I took on this tidal wave of training I gave my third blood donation – my New Year’s resolution is still going strong. Possibly a first for me.
What I can say about training in the days after giving blood is that it’s bloody hard work (please excuse the irresistible pun). In my non-scientifically-proven theory, it’ll be even better for me as my body has had to work harder to compensate so when I’m back to full blood capacity I’ll be raring to go. I’m sure some of the more medically, biologically or just generally-scientificly minded of you will be able to explain that it doesn’t work like that, but hey, if it makes me feel good then that’s a bonus.
The need for me to complete these training runs is down to the fact that I am now half way through my half marathon training plan and I don’t want to miss any more sessions than I really have to. As it is, I’ve missed 4 out of 26 sessions which is the equivalent to one week of the programme. Luckily they were early on in the training so hopefully won’t be missed too much.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog you will know that I’ve been using adidas miCoach on my iPhone to help motivate me for training. Without the schedule and variety of workouts I know I’d be running less frequently and I’m fairly sure that my workouts wouldn’t be as effective. I’d be lucky if I went out for a bit of a jog a couple of times a week where as with miCoach, I’m pushing myself 4 times a week – even if every session isn’t pushed to the max.
I’m feeling a lot more confident about my legs in terms of resilience. They seem to be able to recover a lot quicker than they used to – this week’s 4 runs in 5 days is testament to that! Strangely I’m feeling less confident about my ability to run the 13.1 miles in the 2 hour time frame I’ve set myself. I’m not entirely sure why. My pace isn’t too bad in training but it does seem to be a little of what I was doing in the early part of 2012. I know the pace of the training runs is pulled down by the slower warm up and cool down but I’m going to make a concerted effort on my long runs to aim for that magic 9 minute/mile pace I’m looking for when I take on the Oxford Half in mid-October.
The training aspect of the miCoach app has certainly made it my current app of choice. I’m still getting regular hits on my Running App Review post I wrote last November so I really must post an update soon, not only because of my increased knowledge of miCoach but also because of something else that I’ve been experimenting with. Watch this space for more!
At this point I can’t be sure if the miCoach training will help me succeed in my sub 2 hour half marathon but what I can say for sure is that without miCoach I would have run less and probably not as hard. Let’s hope that I can continue to follow the plan and hit that target on race day, following the next 26 sessions.