Run warm up/down 10:17  2.01 km (5:07 / km) +21m 4:52 / km
wam up with alex :)
he was early for something for once! spectacular scenes at a very, very chilly meadowbank.
Run intervals 16:53  3.62 km (4:40 / km) +41m 4:25 / km
The switch up began now. I decided to do Alex's session tonight, engineering it in such a way that I would arrive in the last 50 metres with the lads and fight with them to the line... i.e. have a wee head start. Felt good to be up there, or sort of up there a bit you know, like more so than I have felt in a while. Was also fun to try mixing it with some different people, different style of session etc. Needing to keep it all fresh at the moment and keep enjoying it. Despite choosing to train with the boys, and that be dangerous in terms of pace, actually made me feel better because I know and accept how much faster they are than me, therefore anything I do need not be compared. Whatever I run is good for me, they are merely helping me push a bit faster. It's easier mentally in this way. More positive and feel good.
I was struggling, not gonna lie. I was short of breath. The first few twos were okay, then the recovery 200 jog started to get the better of me. It's a question of striking a balance between pushing fast on the run, but not so fast that you're absolutely peached for the next jog. This is the sort of session I will improve on in time. Next time I will run less reps but more speeeeeeeeeed.
I am having major doubts re. Liverpool. Nervous is an understatement. Nervous to inevitably blow up - in front of lots and lots of people. I thought I had my head set up good for it, but I'm not sure I do! Headstrong and not so proud to be worried. I dont know whether the worry about it is also eating me up inside a bit too! Maybe the answer is to take my kit but still decide tomorrow or even Saturday morning. Maybe I go in kit and go for a run round the park instead. I don't want to be there and not run at all, but I don't know if racing is actually going to be fun - this is fundamental for me at the moment.
If anyone reading this has any suggestions... (Will, Jack... etc. Don't really know the extent of my attack point fan base but yeah any advice would be hugely appreciated!). I'm looking forward to see Alex absolutely smash his race, and Freddie give him a run for his money. Steph too will have a stormer - inspiring.
I chatted with Bobby Clay today about various things in athletics - female triad, overtraining etc... She's got an article in Athletics Weekly that is going to be ace. Looking forward to reading that tomorrow!