Mr Coach seems to agree with this assessment as, promptly upon my return from Berlin last night, I found a detailed training plan in my inbox. He, too, thinks that I need to concentrate on strength and pace training and is less worried about me stacking up the miles, seen that we both know that I'm already capable of the distance (and have done the 10 miles just recently).
My training over the weekend may not have been the greatest, but I'm still pretty happy with myself for making it out in the first place instead of having my mom spoil me rotten. I was getting really itchy feet on Saturday, after a day of work and travel and pretty much zero activity on Friday (other than walking from the car to the bus, the bus to the terminal, etc.) and a nice long and lazy Saturday morning. So I donned my kit and my mother's ancient running shoes (thanks Ryanair and your stoopid baggage restrictions for forcing me to leave my beloved Brooks at home!), and set off for an easy run around the local park.
[*Come to think of it, maybe it was all due to my mom's old, worn out Asics rather than me?]
Sunday morning all of us headed to one of the local lakes where G and I wanted to take a stroll before meeting one of my friends at the lake café for a quick Kaffeeklatsch. My mom decided to join us and immediately took off at a rather swift pace. Obviously she'd done that before. My mom is not a runner, but she sure is a power walker. The 5.5k loop around the lake (just under 3.5 miles) took us 56 minutes. In my Sam Edelman sandals. Needless to say, my feet were on the tender side afterwards and I'm counting this as a workout. There.
Waking up early yesterday morning after a few glasses of red too many, I thought another quick run would sort me out. I wasn't able to do a repeat performance of Saturday's run, but considering my lack of fuel that morning, on top of the mostly red-wine based diet from the previous night, I had a solid and enjoyable run with a fun blast from the past !
Overall, I've missed two long runs and two RC interval sessions, but supplemented those with lots of bike rides and more and more strength training. I now have seven weeks left to get myself faster and stronger. Anna is back, I've got a coach, my training plan has been printed off and I've got the duathlon on the horizon, which I'll be using as a good ole' preparation session.
I think I'm on schedule...
How's YOUR training going?