Wednesday 17th May – 8 miles (Long run) – 1:15:08

Finally managed to get around to squeezing in a long run. Was mentally intimidated at the thought but felt ok as soon as I set off. The first half was on road to Aberford and the second half was back along very pleasant country paths. Wasn’t pushing too hard and ended up with a 9’23” pace, but that’s fine. Felt good overall and very happy when complete.

Sunday 14th May – 4 miles

I was going to rest on Sunday but was encouraged by friends to head out. We went and did a circuit of St Aiden’s nature reserve which turned out to be around 4 miles. Pace was very leisurely and we were chatting all the way around. Concluded with a coffee at the Rivers Meet cafe in Methley. Would recommend.

Thurs 11th May – 5 miles

Had a mini weigh-in yesterday and found that I had lost mass on my week off down to 81.8kg. This inspired me to continue to increase my mileage as I rehabilitate so moved up to 5 miles today. The weather was hot (set out at about midday) and the route included a significant hill so the going was tough but didn’t feel like too much of a slog. Ended up averaging around 8:30 min/miles. Felt drained for rest of day.

Weds 10th May – 4 miles

I had only planned on running 3 today as part of my ramp up back into training after illness. However, the weather was beautiful and I felt inspired so decided to do 4 instead. Took it easy, doing around 8’30” min/mile pace but felt good and energised. Good stretching before and after to prevent injury after the week off.

Tuesday 9th May – First run after illness – 2 miles

Last week was grim, falling ill with a brutal man flu on Wednesday. Many years of being sick while training have taught me to just accept that I have to take some time off, so I did. It turned out to be a week which felt bad and drove me mad. Still not fully recovered but was keen to get out again so just went for 2 miles easy. Jogged around, not pushing, but it opened my airways and I felt better after. I’ll move up to 3 miles tomorrow.

Tuesday 2nd May – 2.35 miles short run

2.35 mines, 17 mins 14 secs

Today did I targeted a short-ish run to recover from the long run the previous day which I was still feeling the effects of. I extended my usual 2 mile route to about 2 and a half miles and tried to go at a moderate pace throughout. This averaged out at about 7:30 min/mile splits which was fine. Supplemented with some pullups.