Amongst the many things I like about my coach is the sheer variety that he manages to inject into my training plan. Like most plans, it basically consists of long runs, hill work, speed work and recovery runs, but there the similarity ends.
Long runs come in so many versions that I can’t think of the last time I caught myself thinking “Oh, not this again!”. Flat, rolling, hilly, trail, road, work the ups, work the downs, work the lot, I can guarantee just two things about each session: it will be long and it won’t be dull.
It’s the same with the hill work, speed work and even the recovery runs. There’s always something thrown in to keep me from falling into a rut.
Today’s longish run asked for a gentle pace except downhill, when I was to run as fast as possible. Given the terrain (more muddy fun around Wimbledon Common), my speed was slightly limited by my confidence in my ability to run at full tilt* over uneven ground, but I am definitely getting better with practice.
I wonder what next week’s long run will bring?
*Don’t be fooled – I’m still definitely more tortoise than hare.