What a difference a day makes. This morning I was out at 7am for my 16miles on the Gleniffer Braes so that I could back in time for church. It was almost light so I didn’t need my head torch.
I decided to wear running tights for the first time this year. Not because I really needed them today but I think I might need them for next Sundays long run from Fort William to Tyndrum so decided to try them out.
My legs felt a bit heavy as I set off so I took it steady for the first few miles but once I climbed the first hill I felt okay. All the snow had gone and there was a light frost on the ground so it was a lot easier to run on than yesterday. My feet were certainly a lot warmer!
When I’m doing two laps I always try and work harder on the second lap. It was such a lovely morning to be out running and I really enjoyed it. The views across to Ben Lomond were superb. I was sad I hadn’t brought my camera!
The longer the run went on the stronger I felt and I was really pleased to see that I ran at a faster pace to yesterday and ran 5miles longer.
So that’s another solid week of training completed. I’m really happy with how I’m running at the moment. My next race, the Hardmoors 55 is just under 5 weeks away and if I can continue to progress then I’ll be in good shape for the race!
I’m also staying ahead of my 2014 miles in 2014 challenge. I’ve ran 362.03 miles so far.
This coming week I have 4 steady/easy runs before my long run next Sunday. 42miles on the West Highland Way route. I know a lot of runners think this is too far as a training run but I like to build up month by month.
In January my longest run was 30miles and with the Hardmoors 55 in March it makes sense (to me at least!) to run 42miles in February. I will be taking it steady and hope to finish with lots left in the tank.
I just hope the weather is as good as today!