The Road To Nuclear Oblivion 2018 : Training – Week 2

I have decided to take on Nuclear Oblivion in 2018.  You can read more about that decision here.

Nuclear Oblivion 2018

Monday 26 June 2017

I got off to a slow start with only my plank today.  I am still struggling to achieve any sort of proper work/life balance.

  1. #StuIsAPlank – plank – 1 minute 15 seconds

Tuesday 27 June 2017

It was another slow day from a fitness training point of view, and, again, I only managed my plank.

  1. #StuIsAPlank – plank – 1 minute 30 seconds

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Having finished the excellent Run With Striders course, it was time for me to push on with something else myself, while looking to tie the St Albans Striders sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings into that programme.  I had previously used a 10K training plan from Trail Runner magazine, and found it to be very good, so I decided to go with that again, and it would keep me going for the next 8 weeks, at least.  I say ‘at least’ because when I am following a training plan, if I do not complete any given week then I go back and repeat that week.  I have enough time to play with, so that will not be an issue here.  In any event, at this stage I think slow and steady is the way to go with my running until I get back my fitness and stamina.

This first session of week 1 was a Tempo session.  I began with a 10 minute warm up in Z1/Z2, followed by 40 minutes in Z3, and finished off with a 10 minute cool down.  However, in reality, I spent practically all the run in Z3 and above.  That will sort itself out as I get fitter and my stamina returns, because it seems to be a lot more about where my heart rate rushes to, rather than how I am actually feeling.

I did pick up a few Strava segments : PR on Batchwood Drive Anticlockwise, PR on Beech Rd W, and 2nd fastest time on Bluehouse Hill, and 2nd fastest time on Batchwood Golf to Roundabout.  I also got an Extreme Suffer Score of 245.

I finished the day with some late night plank.

  1. 10K Training Plan (St Albans) – Week 1 Session 1 – 8 kilometres – 1 hour 00 minutes 03 seconds
  2. #StuIsAPlank – plank – 1 minute 45 seconds

Thursday 29 June 2017

My early morning plank pushed it up to the next level of 2 minutes.  However, I can do normal plank, I know this, what I really need to do is move on to plank variations.

In the evening I had my group running session with St Albans Striders, and I knew from the word go that this group, the ‘slowest’ group going out that evening, was going to be too fast for me right now.  Two 6 minute splits in the first 3 kilometres killed me off.  It was a great route, and one that I will look to use in the future, and also a great group of runners, over 10 of us in the group, and everyone very supportive of each other.  The run was led by Ray Marshall, and Jack ended up having to ‘run’ with me at the back.  I will look forward to getting up to the speed where I can stay up with them.

  1. #StuIsAPlank – plank – 2 minutes
  2. St Albans Striders (St Albans) – 9.8 kilometres – 1 hour 17 minutes 20 seconds

Friday 30 June 2017

We went for an evening walk down to the park and around the lake and back.  My Garmin Fenix 3 is having issues locating satellites at the moment, so it was short on both the time and the distance.  I got home and did my late night plank.

  1. Walk (St Albans) – 3.9 kilometres – 52 minutes 40 seconds
  2. #StuIsAPlank – plank – 1 minute 45 seconds

Saturday 01 July 2017

Another not very fast parkrun,but at least I am getting along on a regular basis again.  

Actually in my Nuclear technical tshirt

We took a longer walk at lunchtime, taking in a route I had encountered through the Thursday evening runs with St Albans Striders.  I did not do my plank.  A fatal mistake…

  1. parkrun (St Albans) – 5 kilometres – 35 minutes 11 seconds
  2. Walk (St Albans) – 8.4 kilometres – 1 hour 46 minutes 51 seconds

Sunday 02 July 2017

I was a marshall at Judgement Day and you can read more about that here.

No way was I leaving without this selfie

Positives from this week : Judgement Day was excellent fun.  Apart from that it was a week of things not really coming together…

Baselines :

  1. 5 kilometres : 32 minutes 09 seconds
  2. 10 kilometres : 1 hour 14 minutes 00 seconds
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