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5km warm up followed by 8 x 100m strides (which is a fancy word for sprints)

So I’m halfway through the week of pain this morning and all these sprints are exactly that – painful. Mentally. I just want to run and not try too hard. I have a bit of a problem, you see I love sticking to rules (give me a plan and I’ll execute it to the letter), but I also like slacking off. So I wake up every morning to the following conversation in my head, ‘No’, ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘Yes!’. The next thing I know I’m at the reservoir sprinting 100m and then turning round and sprinting back in the opposite direction. I’ve not done strides before, YouTube told me that I had to build up over 25m to 100% flat out effort and then come to a stop over the last 25m. Wowzers they were very hard, but somehow strangely energising. I think they would have been beneficial to add into the general training programme if I’d thought about it. I’ll include them weekly up until the end of April.

Running notes:
Route: My house – Reservoir – 8 x 100m strides – My house
Distance: 6km

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