Here’s how Week 2 of my Leeds HM training went. It all started off in the usual way, with me plodding around my usual haunts in Huddersfield. But as I’m on the job-hunt trail at the moment, the end of the week saw me travelling down to beautiful Shropshire, and I couldn’t resist taking my running gear with me, so I could have a nice leg-busting hill session for my Saturday run. As was the case for Week 1, this week involved a nice steady run, and then a speed session mid-week, and finally a longer steady run. With the Bridgnorth hills, that last run wasn’t so “steady” as it turned out!
Week 2 Session 1
The plan for this Tuesday session was a simple easy run, with a 35 minute duration. A bit parky out and I needed two running shirts over my compression top! There’s nothing worse than being freezing cold when you start out on a run. I always wear my Ronhill running gloves, but this time it was hat-time as well. So my run lasted for 38:24, a bit longer than planned for, but that’s okay. It was a nice easy-paced affair, with me clocking up another 3.4 miles (5.4 km).
Week 2 Session 2
I’m not sure whether I understood the Lucozade Plan properly for sesh 2, the speed run. It called for a warm up for 5 minutes, which is what I normally do anyway. Then it went on to prescribe four repetitions of 4 minute brisk/easy running intervals. It wasn’t clear whether that meant 4 minutes fast and four minutes recovery – or whether it meant 4 minutes in total for fast and recovery. I, of course, opted for the easier version – and did 2 minutes followed by 2 minutes recovery (that’s four minutes in total!) and did it four times. And then a nice 5 minute easy cooling down run at the end.
As it turned out, I did 8 minutes easy to get back home, notching up the mileage by another 3 miles in 29:20.
Week 2 Session 3
Sesh 3 was on the plan as a 45 minute easy run, but my schedule went out of sync a little as I was out of town. I took a trip to Shropshire on the Friday for a job interview in Shrewsbury. It was perfect timing as I wanted to get over to picturesque Bridgnorth where my parents live to go a see them over the weekend for their golden wedding anniversary – can you believe that? Fifty year married!
So instead of a leisurely 45 minutes of easy running, I ventured out into Bridgnorth from the river valley and upwards. There’s a monster of a hill in Bridgo called Hermitage Hill and I ran up that one last time I was in town – damn near killed me! This time I decided to do that previous route but in reverse. Of course, that meant I was still tackling the same elevation profile, but instead of the hill being 70 metres of elevation in 1 km, it was stretched out over a longer distance. Still hurt though.
By the time I got back round to the top of Hermitage Hill, I noticed a bunch of cyclists – as in ‘proper’ cyclists with lycra and aero helmets. I chuckled to myself as I began the precipitous descent of the hill, watching these poor guys (and gals! There was just a few of those too, pounding the pedals) trying to cycle up it. Ouch. I periodically clapped and cheered them to give them a bit of support as they went up past me. Later on, I found out they were doing the Wrekinsport CC Chris Edwards Hilly 18 Mile Time Trial, and chapeau to all of them for their efforts!
Meanwhile, I got my breath back as I picked up speed down the hill and back into Low Town, striding along in the sunny weather to finish up my own efforts, clocking 3.57 miles in 36:15.
So that was the week that was, Week 2 done. The next couple of weeks on the plan build on the endurance with gradually longer running durations. Looking forward to ’em.