I had some lofty goals for this week’s training and isn’t it funny how often those thoughts can end in disaster? Well, not quite disaster, but I had to scale back significantly this week and engaged in an unplanned “down week” training wise. The positive of this is that I am listening to my body and hearing its signals loud and clear. There will be weeks where I will need to ignore that little voice saying “sleep in”, “slow down”, “don’t train” but it is too early in the season for pushing too hard. The two big ultramarathons of the year have my name on their start list and I will line up for the Two Oceans Ultra (56 km / 35 miles) on 3rd April 2015 and Comrades Marathon on 31st May 2015. I cannot wrap my mind around it just yet but I need to get my body strong enough to be able to comfortably complete about 1000 miles of training between 1 January and 30 May next year.
MONDAY 11/24/2014: Rest day and it was great! My legs were fatigued after the Mineshaft 15 km so I was glad to be able to put my feet up.
TUESDAY 11/25/2015: 4 miles untimed. I could not meet up with my running group because Greg was away on business so I had to sneak in a run when I could. I did not have a lot of time to do it but the fact that I got my shoes on was a victory.
WEDNESDAY 11/26/2014: 6 miles (49:45) Greg was still away and so an early morning run was not possible. I had to run in the midday heat in Durban which can be pretty oppressive. I am finding that I start off my runs too fast and then really feel whacked after about 3 miles. Hopefully this pattern will stop soon.
THURSDAY 11/27/2014: RUNNING CLUB TIME TRIAL There is a time trial league which takes place once a month. You are awarded points for your running club for participation and for placing. Sadly our ladies have been a bit slack this year (me included). I have only run 2 of the 8 fixtures but the last one was held very close to my house and it is a nice course. It started at 6 p.m. and the weather was typical Durban: muggy and humid. I did a slow and easy warm up of about 3 miles before the start just to get a bit of mileage in. The course was 3.2 miles (5 km) and we started with the men who had to run a 5 mile loop. The pace was pretty hot (for me) at the start but I tried to settle in to a consistent pace. I must admit to flagging a bit at the end. I was 2nd female in 22:00 flat. Not my best time, not my worst but certainly quite far off where I would like to be. My kilometer splits were 4:17; 4:46; 4:32; 4:27:4:18. The second kilometer had a bit of a climb in it hence the slower split.
FRIDAY 11/28/2014: 6.3 miles (51:37) Early morning Regents run with Greg. I was DRAGGING on this run and it was noticeable. I felt extremely tired. Probably from the time trial from the night before, or maybe from the previous few weeks of more intense training. Either way I knew that I needed to scale back and recover a bit.
SATURDAY 11/29/2014: Unplanned rest day. After a very late night on Friday and tired legs I chose to sleep instead.
SUNDAY 11/30/2014: Another unplanned rest day. Managed to sneak a sleep until 8 a.m. and it was glorious. Hopefully the extra rest has found its way into my legs.
TOTAL: 22.5 miles and no strength training.
Back on the wagon next week!