Today was another scheduled training session with the same brief as the one two days ago and the overall aim to increase my pace.
I decided to give the faster pace running my full attention so I used the uphill as a warm up by just walking it. Once I got to the upper trail I did a fast paced 2 x 500m and then faced the next uphill section at a slightly less intense pace. There we loads of people with lots of little dogs, the ones that have attitude and enjoy running around your feet. I usually don’t mind dogs though I do find them bothersome but they don’t scare me. I found them more difficult to tolerate today simply because I’m still afraid of falling.
I ended up not sticking to my original plan of doing circuits at the top because I wanted to get away from all those perros, so i chose to run the entire descent on the far side of the hill thinking that way i leave them all behind. And then just at the bottom gate I ran into six young girls in lycra and trainers and two dogs, mrrff! The didn’t run the hill though. So I was able to put about 100yrds between us in the first straight only to realise I pushed it too hard after my high paced descent. I was totally pumped by the time I got to the path that connects the trail to the lower ring road. I simply had to walk, I was so exhausted my legs were like pudding.
I jogged/walked the remaining mile home.
First I thought, today was as bad as the last time but on reflection I think maybe not. At least I know what went wrong today. I also realised i don’t do very well if there are a lot of people around who are walking while I’m running. my ego gets in the way. I don’t allow myself to set my own pace. instead I’m driven to run faster. Time to eat some humble pie…
Overall distance: 8.10 km
average pace: 7:30/km
total ascent: 236m