I ate all the pies

For those of you outside of the UK, you may want to click here to see what I mean by the title of this post.

Eat eat eat… that’s all I’ve done over this couple of weeks holiday.  Okay, it’s not the ONLY thing I’ve done but I’ve done a hell of a lot of eating!

I’m actually looking forward to going back to work now just because I know when I’m working that I’m not stuffing my face constantly!

The couple of runs I’ve done so far this week were painful because I was getting shin splints!  Shin splints!  What the heck is up with that?  I haven’t had those really that bad since when I first started running I think. 

I decided to do a long run on Tuesday and I did 15.87km (9.86 miles) at a 05:40 min/km (09:08 min/mile) pace.  The first 4 miles were quite hard on ye ole shins but I plowed on and kept running.  I was happy with the run and the pace overall even with having to stop for a minute and stretch.

On Thursday I did 10.52km (6.53 miles) at a 05:41 min/km (09:10 min/mile) pace.  Again my shins were hurting the first few miles but I stretched and kept going.  At the end I felt okay again (although I’m still a bit stiff in the legs today). 

When I finished my run on Thursday Paula Radcliffe came through my headphones and congratulated me on completing my fastest mile yet.  “Hmmm, I wonder if I can do better.” I thought.  I hadn’t even looked at what my best mile was, I just decided to run a mile as fast as I could (even though I already ran 6.53 miles) to see if I could get Paula or Lance Armstrong coming through my headphones and congratulating me again!

I managed 1 mile in 7 min 47 secs (according to my iPod and the Nike+).  That’s a 04:50 min/km pace!  For me that’s not bad for a mile I thought.

I’ve got the Woodley 10k run on Sunday and I think I’m just going to concentrate on getting around in under an hour.  I don’t want to really push it over the next couple of weeks.  I’m doing the runs for the experience and to add the medals to my growing collection!  I love getting the medals!

I think a friend of mine from work might be coming along (he’s naturally fit and whips around in no time).  My other half, son and a friend of ours will be coming along to watch me hobble around.

So, I’ll let you all know how things went on Sunday and I’ll get my photographer (my other half) to take some pics for you.

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