It's been a while since my last update. I've been making significant progress with my training which I've been slotting around my PhD studies.
Back in early March my training was averaging between 15-20km a week. This included a slightly longer run of just over 10km at the beginning of the week, followed by an hour long football five-a-side session on Thursdays and Parkrun (most weeks) on Saturdays.
I generally train in and around my local green spaces which are Jesus Green and Midsummer Common in Cambridge. As we head into spring and summer it has been pleasant running along the River Cam and watching all of the University of Cambridge college rowing clubs practice their moves, especially in the run up to the Boat Race!
After a short break in the South of France over Easter (where I managed to fit in a couple of shorter runs along the Canal du Midi), my training programme has stepped up and I've increased my running distance. I'm still in the routine of doing Parkrun at the weekend and I've recently done the Graves Parkrun, and Manor Castle Parkrun in Sheffield, as well as my local one in Cambridge. You can keep track of all of my runs via my Strava account.
Although my training has gradually increased to 20-25km a week I am maintaining my performance and remaining injury free (long may this continue!).
A couple of weeks ago, me and my partner completed in the Wings for Life World Run. Wings for Life is a global charity event where everyone starts running simultaneously across the globe. Luckily the UK edition just happened to be held in Cambridge! All of the entry fees and subsequent donations go to supporting spinal cord research projects worldwide. The format is fairly unique, giving you the chance to run as far as you possibly can until the "Catcher Car" chases you down. Sounds simple doesn't it? It was terribly hard work! I was over the moon to reach the 28km mark - finishing 367 out of nearly 3000 runners in the UK.
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Until next time,