Week 3 of the base building plan saw a bit of an increase in the duration of the runs. The plan for week 3 had two 50 minute runs at easy pace, one 80 minute run at easy pace and a long run of 100 minutes. This week did not exactly go to plan.
The first run of the week was perfectly ok. I’d originally planned to do this run in the morning before work but the snow and ice that appeared overnight made me think that wasn’t such a smart idea. So instead I went out after work and covered 5.37 miles in the 50 minutes at an average pace of 9:18 per mile.
The second run of the week couldn’t get done until Friday after work. It wasn’t the best run of my life, the wind was starting to pick up and I seriously misjudged my clothing as I felt like I was melting by the time I finished. In the 50 minutes I ran 5.32 miles at an average pace of 9:23 per mile.
The third run of the week on Saturday was supposed to be 80 minutes at an easy pace. To say this run was a bit of a disaster is an understatement. The weather was crap and I really picked possibly the worst route possible given the conditions. I ran 4.59 miles in 43:47 before deciding that running uphill into winds gusting at 40 miles per hour wasn’t particularly fun or smart.
Sunday’s long run was supposed to be 100 minutes, but when I woke up I really really didn’t want to go out this morning. I gave myself a bit of a talking to, which basically amounted to you’ll feel better once you get out there and get it done. The run was much quicker and more comfortable than I was expecting. I misjudged my route and was about a mile short in my calculations so I settled for 9.60 miles in 90 minutes at an average pace of 9:23 per mile.