Did my 18.42km long bridges run on Saturday morning. A bit slower than I was doing it earlier in the year when I was averaging 4-4.10/km but I knew it would be hard work so didn't push it too hard and was happy to run at a gentle pace. 1 hour 29 mins so 4.49/km which is what it felt like. The one thing that kept popping into my head and which was actually going to be the title of this post was that "running is hard work at the moment". Not really in the groove yet but I know that it will come back with a few weeks of work. No knee problems which is the best part.
Just over 67kms running this week boosted by my double on Thursday. I'll continue increasing my volume until I get up to around 80kms a week, try and consolidate at that and add some speed work (probably a tempo run on Thursday and some progression/fast finishes to my long runs). Well that's the plan over the next few weeks anyway. Now is the time when I really figure I could benefit from having a coach.
Did the same ride that I did last week again today. Took my 4 mins longer but there was a monster easterly headwind, plus I didn't feel like I needed to push it having done a decent long run the previous day. had some good fun on the way back from Canning Bridge along the Freeway. Sat in behind two guys who had passed me in Mount Pleasant just before we came over Canning Bridge. Not sure they liked it much because they put on a pretty concerted effort to drop me over the run along the freeway. Stuck with them though and happy to draft off them (which is probably bad etiquite or something but I couldn't have taken a turn at the front even if I had wanted to). A good hard ride and I noticed that my heart rate was up at 166 at one point. They slowed right up when we got into South Perth so I went past them then. My bike computer should arrive this week so I will be able to measure that ride next week and either surprise or disappoint myself.