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Marathon training – Week 8: The hills of Longleat forest Center Parcs

This week there was no long run, no speed sessions, no Crossfit and no Bikram – we were in Center Parcs most of the week and instead there were three hilly 10km’s.

We have been to that Center Parcs twice before but this was the first time I’ve run there. Previously I thought it’d be too annoying to run around in little circles dodging people and bikes. Turns out the key is to keep to the roads on the perimeter as much as possible, avoiding the footpaths.

Run nr. 1

Run nr. 1

Run nr. 2

Run nr. 2

Run nr. 3

Run nr. 3

The elevation gain for these runs was between 122m and 162m, my usual London runs don’t get much above 30m 🙂

I ran on Saturday and Sunday as well so the total mileage for this week was right on track:

  • Monday: Rest
  • Tuesday: 10:61km at 5:29 min/km pace
  • Wednesday: 9.73km at 5:29 pace
  • Thursday: 10.10km at 5:19 pace
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 20.35km at 5:42 pace
  • Sunday: 10.11km at 5:32 pace

Total: 60.90km

Next week the long run is 30km and then only increase until the taper. The bad news is that I really am not looking forward to these long runs but the good news is that I only have 3 more weeks of these crazy long runs and then 3 weeks of tapering and then Paris!

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    February 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Beautiful runs!

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    February 23, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I’m kind of in awe of you and slightly worried…I’m signing up to a 10k thinking I’d aim to complete in about an hour. I’ve now realised that pace is probably way out of my league!! I currently run just over 5 miles in 50 minutes. Any advice? X

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      February 23, 2014 at 7:00 pm

      If you haven’t raced before or run 10km on a regular basis – don’t worry about the time! 🙂 However – if you run 5 miles in 50 minutes that means you would run 10km in 60 minutes but remember that during the race adrenaline kicks in and you get all competitive and run faster than you normally would 😀

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