Monday, 16 June 2014

Finding a Way

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?


8 comments:

  1. yay for finding a way to get in your long runs on Saturdays and still do the park runs, that is a perfect solution. In the winter I do my long runs now during the week while the kids are in school, it is in the summer that I have work a little harder to fit them in, but luckily I have lots of family around to help, or I get up super early!

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    1. You're so blessed to have your family so close by - mine are all far, far away. It would have been so nice to have them around (for visiting and helping out...)!

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  2. Great idea for the long run! It's nice to have some company when you're out there for a while. Happy training! :)

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    1. I agree - and it's much safer too. Love it! :)

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  3. Nicely done! I'm a morning runner and really have no other time for this. So my long run midweek starts at 3:30AM sometimes. No other way around this. Saturday mornings I do my trail long run. Everyone knows not to take away my trail time on Saturdays :)

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    1. Wow, that's super early...! Even in winter? Fantastic!

      I'm starting to feel about Saturday parkruns the way you feel about your Saturday trail time... I completely understand ;) .

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  4. Nice problem solving! It's always nice to see some faces out and about,especially on a long run :)

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    1. I agree, Hailey - long runs can get pretty lonely sometimes...!

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