To give some idea of where I am right now (August 2013), here’s some stats about some recent runs I’ve done:
I ran just over 8 miles at slightly faster then 8min/mile pace last Saturday. Which is quite impressive for me right now. Or at least it would have been if (a) it hadn’t been mostly downhill or flat and (b) I hadn’t stopped quite so much. The first mile was 6:47/mile which is fast for me on any run, but ridiculous on a 8+ miler. Still, I’m pleased I managed to the end. Mentally it was pretty tough with a stitch and feeling tired from about 3-4 miles in, and I kept that in mind trying to use it to strengthen my mind a bit.
I ran a track session on the school playing field at the top of the road a week ago today. The plan was a warm up, then 8 x 400m reps at a target pace of around 6min/mile, so 90 seconds per 400m. I managed 85, 88, 88, 95, 90, 95, 93, 93 which was pretty close to what I was aiming for. I hadn’t done a track session in years, and this was meant as a bit of a starting point for weekly track sessions – at least now I have a set of numbers to try and beat next time. Which reminds me… it was a week ago, and I really should go for a run today…
My running it pretty sporadic, so for the last month or two it’s been:
03 August: 8.17miles
31 July: 8 x 400m track session
29th July: 15 miles on the bike
28th July: 14 miles on the bike
25th July: 14 miles on the bike
21st July: 4.28 miles running
20th July: 4.02 miles
18th July: 4.15 miles
13th July: 4.15 miles
10th July: 14.10 miles
This isn’t meant to bore you completely, but it just gives an idea of the amount of running I’m starting at – not so much. I’m poking around in Garmin Connect right now, so here’s a few more stats:
Last few weekly miles (running only):
3.87, 4.28, 6.66, 18.15, 6.01, 44.23, 23.73, 2.76, 12.61… (That’s pretty mad! 2.76 miles one week, 44.23 a couple of weeks later!)
And to finish the numbers, here’s my monthly stats for the whole of 2013:
January: apparently, no running, but 66 miles of cycling
February: 14 miles running, 44 miles cycling. Not so good.
March: 59 miles running, 10 miles cycling.
April: 36 miles running, 73 miles cycling
May: 16 miles running, 131 miles cycling
June: 83.32 miles running, 201 miles cycling. This was a good month!
July: 38.97 miles running, 148 miles cycling.
I was training up for a 60 mile cycle ride at the beginnign of July hence the shift over to cycling. But the numbers above are a bit of an eye-opener for me. I thought I was doing more running than that, and I damn well need to be to get prepared for the Endure 24 event next June.
So… A plan. I don’t really do plans much, but it seems like I should pay a bit more attention to what I’m doing. So here’s the first bit: At least 100 miles a month (20-25 miles per week) in September and from then on. Lets see how I get on with that.
But for now, I’m thinking I might pop up to the school field at the top of the road and see if a little wine helps with 8 x 400m intervals… 🙂