Since I purchased my Nike Sportwatch, I've run 100km in these shoes:
|They were white once upon a time!|
What I'm really surprised at is how quickly those kilometres accumulate. As these were bottom-of-the-range shoes rather than top-of-the-range, I probably should be looking around for a new pair!
Tuesday - 10mins slow, 4 x 3 mins brisk with 3 min jog recoveries, 10 mins slow
I'm going to have to start writing my speedwork sessions on my hand or something, because I forgot what I was supposed to be doing and only did three repeats:
And should I be trying to run at a consistent pace for each one, or does it not really matter?
Thursday - 35 mins slow
Usual route, concentrated on going s-l-o-w. In fact I overtook two mothers out walking with a young boy who ran next to me for a few metres, he suddenly stopped and said "Mummy why is she running so slow?!" I didn't hear her reply, but I'm sure it was something like "She's working on improving her aerobic endurance honey, so she can run a really fast marathon one day".
Saturday - 30 mins steady
Today I felt really good running my usual route, and when I realised that I was running about 6:10 pace I decided to keep it up and try to break my Nike+ 5k record - feeling the need for some totally self-indulgent ego-boosting. I'm sure this has nothing to do with the young boy's comment on Thursday.
I finished in 31:23 - remarkably close to the 5k time predicted using the McMillan Calculator (31:16). I don't know how realistic my goal of running under 30mins is next weekend, especially if there are hills (hills to this beginner are anything above a gradient of 5%!)
Sunday - 45 mins slow
Today I ran all the way up Chinaman's Hill, slowly but surely, but I did it. Once upon a time this wasn't such a challenge for me so it is good to accomplish this goal again, and a real confidence booster going into my 5k next weekend - where there may or may not be a hill!
That's my week - how was yours? How often do you replace your running shoes? And do you love hills or loathe them? I think they're a necessary evil, but always feel great after knocking one off!