It's really good having a target once again, now less than a week before the race in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
A few days ago I went for an early morning run lasting about 90 minutes. This was an easy paced run involving a few hills. Felt fine and wanted to do a bit more but I did manage to get a blister. Getting a blister is rare for me and usually a sign of taking smaller steps which in turn is probably caused by tiredness.
This morning I went for a faster Tempo run - this is where I warm up slowly with a gentle jog for about 5-10 minutes. Then a brisk pace for 20 minutes before returning to a gentle jog in the last few minutes. This is completely different and much harder than Interval running I find It is Interval training which gets me really out of breath but feels great. Temp running just wears me out but I know it's good training.
I always worry I am not in a good shape. It's tempting to over do it in the final days before a race but I don't want to risk an injury. So I'll have a few short runs over the next few days to keep loosened up.....