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Writing it off – Week Beginning 28 May

Sunday 3rd June 2018

I had a shocker of a race yesterday. For reasons possibly related to sleeping in a tent all week and driving for several hours back from holiday the previous day, I just didn’t have the legs for a good race at the BAL steeplechase yesterday. I even took a tumble on the way out of the water jump that left me both bruised and drenched. The fact that I had been roped in to doing a 400 hurdles an hour before probably didn’t help matters either.

But the thing is, I’m not too bothered.

Yes, of course I set high standards for myself and want to perform well every time I compete, but I have noticed that some races are very easy to write off. This tends to happen when I know I am in good shape and that the poor performance was the outlier rather than the trend. With good training and good races comes confidence. What is more difficult is dealing with poor races when things aren’t going well. I’ve been there too, but for now am quite happy to just write this one off as a bad day at the office.

My Week

Monday: 14km easy (14)

Tuesday: 15km easy (15)

Wednesday: AM 10km easy / PM fartlek run – 10 sets of 60s,60s on road (20)

Thursday: 10km moderate, strides (10)

Friday: rest (0)

Saturday: BAL Premiership, Cardiff – 400h 6th B in 72.61, 3000m steeplechase 4th B in 10:03.49 (8)

Sunday: 22km easy (22)

Training – Week Beginning 14 August

Sunday 20th August 2017

‚ÄčI ran my third steeplechase PB of the year to cap my best ever track season. Now for a break…

Monday: AM 10km easy / PM 10km easy (20)

Tuesday: AM 8km easy / PM grass session – 6 sets of 60s,45s,30s off 45s, 5:00 tempo 3:05 pace (23)

Wednesday: 13km easy (13)

Thursday: track session 8*200 with barriers, 6 ‘water jumps’ into sand, 4*200 accelerating (10)

Friday: 8km easy (8)

Saturday: rest (0)

Sunday: AM 7km easy / PM BAL Premier League steeplechase – 1st B in 9:34.44 (15)

Taken from my training log.

Training – Week Beginning 10 July

Sunday 16th July 2017

Four PBs in five races this season. Long may it last!

Monday: AM 10km easy / PM 12km easy (22)

Tuesday: 10km easy (10)

Wednesday: rest (0)

Thursday: 10km, strides and barriers (10)

Friday: 7km easy (7)

Saturday: BAL Premiership 3000m steeplechase, 1st in B race in 9:38.57 – PB (9)

Sunday: 8km easy (8)

Taken from my training log.