Morning Long Run

The first thing I heard was coach running up the stairs. My eyes flared open and I hopped to my feet as he was opening the door. I did not want to miss the long run we had scheduled to do with Preston Harriers, who we met up with on day 4.

I quickly got ready, ate some cooked beetroot and jumped into the minibus with Yusuf and we picked up the Olympian who would be training with us: Marilyn Okoro aka Maz and her training partner, Rachel.

Time for a long run
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Maz, a couple of the Preston Harriers and Yusuf (left to right)

After meeting with the Preston Harriers for 10 am, we headed out for a 65 minute run along the roads and onto the trails where the world cross country championships were held in 2014.

The pace varied between 4:17 and 3:59 per kilometre along some of the rolling hills, altogether I felt good going at the set pace although my legs felt sore and tight from the speed based work we had been doing previously.

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Hitting up the world xc trails on our Sunday long run!

Marilyn, turned back early to do a 35 minute run and when we got back she wasn’t there – we had lost her.

It took us over an hour of searching to eventually locate her, but we managed to after she reached out to us over Instagram and then we headed back to the house, after stopping at Aldi (Lidl was closed) so we could buy some chicken and mince for our meatless fridge.

Afternoon Hunger

By the time we got back, I was so hungry. I had my breakfast and my lunch (and maybe even my dinner) all at the same time.

We chilled for the rest of the day, and then prepared spaghetti bolognese and roasted chicken wings for dinner.

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Dinner on day 6

After everything today, I easily made sure that all of our dinner was finished and felt full for once.

Marilyn and her training partner Rachel came and joined us shortly after in the evening and coach gave us a brief for tomorrow:

  1. 100 press ups and 200 crunches
  2. Morning run
  3. Track session in the afternoon

I’m feeling rather fatigued in my legs, but I’m ready to go and have a couple of good sessions tomorrow!

See everything that went on down below:

Have any of you ever been lost on a run? I know I have on multiple occasions!