2020 Base Building Week 5

As with week 4, this weeks schedule required some fairly major moving things around because of the weather. Next week looks as though it may require the same, we appear to be experiencing a significant period of stormy weather.

Given the forecast for snow and ice, along with the gale force winds at the beginning I thought I might be stuck with the treadmill. However there was a gap in the weather on Tuesday after finishing work for me to get out for my 45 minutes easy pace run. It was still cold and windy but the run was a fine and fairly uneventful 4.91 miles at 9:09 per mile.

Wednesdays run was the first run in this block that wasn’t an easy pace run or a long run. It was a steady pace run that called for 20 minutes warm up, followed by 30 minutes at 8:32-8:53 per mile, and 25 minutes warm down to finish. As this is the first run in a while since I’ve done anything but an easy pace run, I found it a little difficult to hit the right pace for the steady state part of the run and ended up averaging 8:20 per mile for that part.

Friday saw me out for 50 minutes easy pace. Pretty happy with even the pacing was because the first half of the run was with a strong tailwind and the second half was into a strong headwind. 50 minutes done at 9:08 per mile for 5.47 miles.

Saturday was a bit of a mini disaster. The intention for Saturday was to get my long run done pretty early before Storm Dennis arrived on Saturday afternoon and particularly with the wind forecasted for Sunday. That plan was scuppered when I was still wide awake at 1:30 on Saturday morning. In the end I eventually headed out at lunchtime. It was very wet and very windy and I ended up looking like a drowned rat. The intention was for 1 hour 40 minutes at 9:07-10:25 per mile. By 1 hour 30 minutes into the run I was pretty fed up and decided to call it a day at 9.51 miles and 9:28 per mile.

Overall a much more consistent week. Hopefully a bit more helpful weather next week means the consistency can continue but looking at the forecast for next week it looks like we may be due another storm for next Friday/Saturday.

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