My 16-week half-marathon training block is finally in full swing - hallelujah! And I must tell you one thing: It feels fantastic to be back. Back to doing the speedwork and intervals I so dearly love, and back to slowly but surely adding kilometres to my long runs - I'm in heaven.
I don't know about all you other working folks out there, but I find that fitting in long runs during wintertime mid-weeks can be quite a challenge: There's not really time for it before or after work, because it's still dark; and I only get a half-hour lunch break each day, leaving just enough time for a quick 5 km. My other conundrum is that I also don't want to sacrifice Saturday morning parkruns for the sake of fitting in a weekly long run - I love parkrun. And Sundays are family days is our household, so no running then.
|A quick weekday lunchtime run.|
I was racking my brain for days on how to solve this, when suddenly it came to me one night (during a 2 a.m. feeding)... And it's so obvious, really: Do the parkrun course more than once every Saturday - bingo!
So this past Saturday, that's exactly what I did: I ran the course once, had my barcode scanned and time recorded, and then headed out to do a part of the course again (without having my barcode scanned a second time). It was perfect. There were still plenty of fellow parkrunners out on the course doing their thing during my second round, so I felt safe and had lots of company. Hooray!
|parkrun is a cold affair these days. If only the Fashion Police could see me now...|
There's a 2014 21 km PB out there with my name on it - I just know it!
Do you have any nifty tricks for fitting in long runs during wintery weekdays?