Training: 20-26 Aug

Solid week of training, the major point of which was a 3-hour long run on Saturday. In the days leading up I was concerned about running for an extra half-hour on top of last weekend’s long run. Also had three French classes which took over many of my evenings.



Expected: 30min recovery run + 20min conditioning
Actual: Moved the conditioning session to Tuesday as I was still tired from the long run. Slotted in the run before French class, could still feel my hamstrings from last Saturday’s gym session.
[6.1km, 35:12, 5:46/km, 140bpm]


Expected: 10min WU, then 4x7min @ threshold off 90sec recovery, 10min CD
Actual: Eugh, felt like I was moving backwards. Stopped short on the first one but managed to still get the rest done. It was really muggy and although I was pushing I felt like I was getting slower and slower. Doesn’t always work out.
[11.2km, 1:00:01, 5:21/km, 158bpm]


Expected: 30min recovery run + stretch
Actual: Very slow morning run, forgot to stretch. Not much more to say…
[5.5km, 33:18, 6:03/km, 147bpm]


Expected: 30min recovery run + 20mins weights
Actual: Drank a little too much rosé on Wednesday evening so took the morning weights a little easier on my headache. Was all fine by the evening though for another visit to La Villette before French class #3. Lots of pedestrians, cyclists and construction sites.
[10km, 55:00, 5:30/km, 153bpm]


Expected: 15min easy, 15min steady, 15min easy
Actual: WFH day meant I could run this at lunchtime & take a little extra time on the cooldown. Steady section felt solid and was a good pace at ~4:52/km.
[9.4km, 52:00, 5:32/km, 156bpm]


Expected: 180min easy/steady long run
Actual: Came up with the idea to run all the way around Paris, which completely flipped the scariness of the 3-hour long run on its head. Instead of being tediously long, it was now an3adventure to complete the loop – and was so much fun! Sye joined me for the first 24km and it was great to have his company.
[33.4km, 3:04:12, 5:31/km, 149bpm]


Expected: Rest day
Actual: Escaped Paris and headed to Deauville for the day. It was meant to be a beach day but unfortunately was cold and grey. Still had a lovely rest day, making sandcastles, playing mini-golf and spending time with my man.

Total kilometres: 76.7km

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