Week 5 was a great week (who knew it could happen!?). The weather has finally turned, I didn’t have any aches and pains and I enjoyed my runs. I enjoyed a massive pizza on my cheat food day as well, but that’s what cheat days are for.
- Monday: 30 minutes run
- Tuesday: sprint 60 seconds, recover 3 minutes, sprint 45 seconds, recover 3 minutes, sprint 30 seconds, recover 3 minutes x6
- Wednesday: 45 minutes run
- Thursday: sprint 70 seconds, recover 3 minutes, sprint 45 seconds, recover 2 minutes, sprint 30 seconds, recover 3 minutes x 3
- Friday: jog 20 – 10 minutes to the gym, weights (upper body), 10 minutes home
- Saturday: rest
- Sunday: 60 minutes run
My only deviation from the plan this week was Tuesday. Instead of doing the sprints as runs I did them on a bike in a gym, as I was away for business. The Winnersh Holiday Inn has a very nice gym, I can recommend it! I don’t know if it’s because I’m heavy footed, but I find running on treadmills gives me shin pain so I stick to bikes if I can.
On Wednesday it took me four hours to drive home and then I had to leap straight out for my 45 minutes run. The first ten minutes felt like I’d borrowed someone else’s legs, but if I’d sat down when I got home I doubt I would have got up again.
The training plan is doing a great job keeping me focused, and in a few weeks the mileage will start to build.