This week started well but ended on a low note… I have been struck down with a stomach bug and am feeling very sorry for myself… sigh. I have two weeks to go until my first marathon of the season but I am not panicking… yet… I feel too nauseas for panic! Hopefully by tomorrow I will be as right as rain.
MONDAY 02/09/2015: Rest day for the win! I needed it, badly! My legs were fried after the Hillcrest Half marathon on 02/08/2015.
TUESDAY 02/10/2015: 6.4 miles including speed session(58:53): Back to the track… with a team! I signed up for the running group of my old Ironman triathlon club and had my first date with them on Tuesday evening. I had that slightly nervous “butterfly” feeling when I was going down there but it was SO MUCH BETTER running with people. I think I have worked out why my previous track sessions have been a bit woeful, I was always jogging the recoveries, which is fine when you are running a tempo pace, but when you are trying to develop speed, sometimes you just need to stand still between sets. I ran with a lady who I always dice with in races… we are pretty evenly matched. The session was 4 x 1 km at Interval pace (4:12 for me) with 90 seconds recovery and then 6 x 400m at Repetition pace (1:35 for me). Here are my numbers: 4.04; 4.01; 4.07; 4.07; 1.31; 1.31; 1.33; 1.31; 1.33; 1.32. I was so so happy with that. What an improvement from last week. And I felt strong and controlled for every repetition. I was tired but not fried.
WEDNESDAY 02/11/2015: 8.9 miles (1:15) It was my daughter’s school “Balentime’s” (Valentine’s) picnic in the evening which I could not miss so I ran in the afternoon alone straight after work in the steaming heat. My legs felt very rubbery from the hard session on Tuesday, so much so that the last 0.1 was just a bridge too far… it was also HOT and HUMID… I got myself an ice lolly for the drive home.
THURSDAY 02/12/2015: 7.1 miles (1:03) HILL REPEATS! I live in a fairly undulating area and so “hill repeat hills” are not hard to find… the neighbors think I am very strange. I did a 2.5 mile warm up and the 4 x 1 minute hills on one slope and an extra 2 minute hill repeat running to the next hill where I did 4 x 2 minute hill repeats and then a 1 km hill back home. I did the one minute hill as fast as I could and the two minute hills in a controlled tempo manner.
FRIDAY 02/13/2015: 8.9 miles (1:20) 80 minutes straight on the treadmill. All of my best intentions to wake up early did not happen and so I was destined for the gym. I listened to podcasts and zoned out completely. Ran on 1% grade and just under 7 mile pace. Pretty unremarkable.
SATURDAY 02/14/2015: 16.3 miles (2:19) I ran with my running club. Again they decided to start off their run very slowly and so I ran with a guy off the front who was keeping a very easy but reasonable pace. I forgot to bring any gels with me and started to have a low blood sugar “panic” thinking that I was never going to get home but some juice and coke sorted me out at Mile 10. Note to self… take some gels and/or money when running.
SUNDAY 02/15/2015: I was supposed to do a 20 miler but I woke up feeling like crap. Just awful. I should I have known there was something wrong when I did not inhale all the carbs on Saturday after my run… I just felt horrid.
TOTAL MILES: 47.6 miles
A lot less than I had planned… I was hoping for 70 but cutting out that last 20 miler was unavoidable. Hopefully I will be at the track on Tuesday afternoon feeling as strong as an ox!