Training Diary (01/01/17 – 08/01/17) 3 weeks to go until the Gran Canaria Marathon

I was lucky enough to have another holiday week this week and even luckier to spend it in Berlin. I ended my three-month running streak on Monday because we were travelling all day and, with such sore hips, I feared an injury was coming. I think it was a sensible choice but it did my motivation no good. I was surprised by the cold of Berlin and also couldn’t see any easy running route from where we were staying. For the first time in a long time, I could barely be bothered to get out the door on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Fortunately, I did, and I was glad that I’d gone within three minutes of starting each run. Things changed once I found Tempelhof airport- now one of my favourite ever run locations- and a proper session on Thursday lifted me out of my running low.

I also had a good long run on Friday with some good distance at marathon pace.

Monday was DAY OFF- the first in a couple of months. Probably needed it.

Tuesday was 10 miles general aerobic around the streets of Berlin. Freezing cold and hard to memorise a 5 mile out-and-back route as you go along. Ended up running round and round the grass in front of the Berlin Airlift memorial, almost tripping over the discarded wine bottles.

Wednesday was 7 miles recovery to Tempelhof Airport. Found a great location for a longer run. Still aching badly.

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Thursday was 10 miles with 5x600m intervals at 5k pace down the middle of the runway at Tempelhof Airport. Blasted the cobwebs away and made me feel so much better. A change of pace can change everything. My motivation is reborn.

Friday was 19 miles long run with 6 miles at marathon pace around Tempelhof Airport in the snow and -4. Water bottle froze. Marathon pace felt a little harder than I’d like but it was a little windy and there was snow on the ground.

Saturday was 7 miles recovery around the streets of Berlin. Slow and easy. A sad farewell to Tempelhof and a great running route.

Sunday was 5 miles recovery on the treadmill after the flight- very stiff and sore. Had a good stretch and a bit of a cycle afterwards and felt better.

Total mileage for the week = 58. The start of the taper but still less than it should be. Travel and New Year didn’t help. Also, I was a little injured near the start of the week and Berlin was very cold. Excuses excuses.


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