Weeks 4 and 5 - 3-16/4/2017
Final week of this term before the break up for Easter. Everyone feels like they deserve a big break from everything, lectures are coming to an end and everyone is in the mood for a holiday away from the pressure of timetables, deadlines, and instead look towards the wonderful day they get to open an Easter egg.
After a few days rest, I went out to do another run along Swansea bay, aiming to go 4 miles in total. Following the advice of my girlfriend from last week, I aimed to keep my mitochondria happy and paced myself out for a mile before running a mile at my own 9 minute mile pace, and headed back again following the same routine. The run itself went pretty well, as I didn't get too exhausted as I did with a similar distance last week. Plus this time the sun was out so I took the opportunity for a cheeky refreshing sea dip - was a great decision!
|Nice and sunny weather for the bay run|
Also happening this week was Varsity! The clash of titans that is the day of sport between Swansea and Cardiff University went relatively well, despite a few unfortunate comeuppances. When boarding the bus to get to Cardiff, the security decided to bin my water bottle without even testing to see if it was suspicious - not very professional or well-handled considering we were advised in advance to stay hydrated throughout the day. Despite this, watching the matches in Cardiff themselves were entertaining and often gripping, especially my flatmate's badminton match and the women's rugby, which Swansea absolutely smashed.
Parkrun this week had better weather, but I didn't manage to beat out my PB, but still got under 29 minutes. As long as I keep up the slightly longer distanced running I should be reaching the lower 28 times!
Back home in Devon! Its a pain being away from the girlfriend and the rest of my flatmates, but I'm back home with fam and that's (mostly) always a nice thing to have between working terms. Took some Ancient Greek language revision home with me to have a look at over the Easter break, since I couldn't continue in the module this semester as it clashed with compulsory stuff. Found some rock climbing shoes in my roof, super helpful in the long run since the climbing society in Swansea has a box of their own for you to pick and choose; having my own would save plenty of time searching for my foot size. Also got my exam timetable for this semester, but by strange circumstance I only have one exam! The rest is coursework based! Lucky me!
Had a bit of a run around my neighbourhood back home on Tuesday - since my suburb is on a bailey hill, the gradient really worked against my pace for a good half of the run. The uphill run wore me out, but got some great photos when I got to the top of the motte though.
|Panorama at the top of my town!|
The latter half of this week was spent at my grandparents' house in Cornwall - typical English holiday location eh? Anyway we were intending top spend a relatively relaxed few days in the cottage, not particularly doing anything spectacularly interesting. Except I found a nearby parkrun and decided to have a go, not knowing that this particular parkrun was renowned for being one of the hilliest, most challenging 5ks in the country! When the fateful day came, I completely underestimated just how steep and uneven the gradient would be over the 3.1 miles. The field run, which consisted of an uphill climb around a field rotating clockwise and back down the trail we came, particularly blew me back in terms of energy and willpower. Despite this, I did manage to finish in 33:22. Nowhere near my PB, but still justified in my opinion due to the route.
Overall, still sticking to two runs a week seems to work for me, and I aim to keep at that goal. I might aim to have a certain amount of miles a week as a goal in the near future. But nevertheless I enjoyed this fortnight, and look forward to next week where I get to continue running with my girlfriend again.
I'll post next week, and once again enjoy the flattering photo of the week...
|Enjoying the cool sea water?|