Trouble with not posting for a while ...
Things were going ok in the period immediately after my last blog post. On that Friday, I did a 13km run which included 2 x 2km reps. 3:44/km pace for the first rep and 3:40/km for the second. The second was bit too quick but felt ok.
Didn't run on the Saturday as I was on starter duty at Little Athletics and didn't want to have to get up at sparrows fart to fit in an easy jog.
On the Sunday I raced the 16km at Point Walter finishing 4th in 61:21. (4km warmup and 4km cooldown) Although a bit outside what I wanted to run timewise, it was not a bad run considering the conditions (very strong easterly and course diversions onto grass and sand).
I got a good start and despite the wind was running very well to 2.5km when the 5km runners turned around and I suddenly found myself in 2nd position in the 16km race. Was passed by two runners on the way out to the 4km turnaround but was still feeling relatively strong. The advantage of the tailwind was discounted a bit by the deviation through sand onto grass where it was impossible to maintain rhythm. Also had a blister starting on the ball of my left foot so briefly considered dropping out after one lap.
Ran well over the 800m or so to the start/finish turnaround and got to 8k in just under 30mins so kept going. Made up some ground on 3rd place over the 5km into the wind but he ran away from me on the way back particularly over the last 2km. Splits over the 2nd 8km are not pretty even when I had the tailwind.
Given the unusual circumstances, I wasn't sure what sort of shape I was in. The time doesn't mean much. Although I was certainly not running at my best I dodn't feel like I was running badly.
Tried to take a positive outlook in that I didn't want to be running my best then as that means I won't be running my best in 9 weeks time. I think that was the case second half of last year when I ran really well at City to Surf in August but was a bit off the boil by the marathon in October.
With the day off and no long run, only 95km for the week 4/2-10/2.
11/2 - 17/2 - 95km in 5 days (Mon- Fri). No running Saturday and Sunday.
Week started off well and I got in two good (but not great workouts) on the Wednesday and the Friday. In hindsight, only having one day between the two hard efforts may have been what caused/contributed to the injury that put me out of action for a week. Another example of moderate, consistent being the way to rather than pushing things too hard.
Monday - one hour easy; Tuesday - steamy, steady 80 min run (4:21/km pace).
Wednesday - I planned to do a workout was supposed to be 3 x (1600; 1k; 800m; 400m) with 200m jog recovery between each. No break between sets. Turned out to be a logistical disaster due to my own ineptitude.
Had this set on my Garmin as a workout called Ladder Reps. Unfortunately, I selected another workout called Ladder Down. Realised something was wrong about halfway through the first 1600 but kept going and ended up stopping atfter 1.9km.
Picked correct workout and restarted with another 1600m rep; 200m JR; 1k rep but then I found I had missed putting in the 200m JR between the 1k and 800m reps. Jogged the 800m then stopped and fixed workout and reset again. As I had already run 4.2km hard and each set contained 3.8k harder running, I decided to just do two more full sets.
Pace was supposed to be from half marathon pace for the miles down to 10k pace for the 1k, then 5k pace for the 800s and 1500m pace for the the 400s.
Didn't get this quite right either with my miles being quicker than HM pace and my 400s not quick enough.
Full workout ended up being:
1.9k in 6:56 (3:41/km)
SR (reset watch)
1.6k in 5:43 (3:34/km)
1k in 3:35
SR (reset watch)
1.6k in 5:49 (3:38/km)
1k in 3:38
800m in 2:51 (3:38/km)
400m in 1:22 (3:28/km)
1.6k in 5:55 (3:44/km)
1k in 3:45
800m in 2:51 (3:37/km)
400m in 1:17 (3:24/km)
All up with warm up and cooldown - ended up being 22.4k in 95:46 (4:16/km average pace), felt hard.
Thursday - regular medium long run with Rob, 20km @ 4:27/km pace.
Friday - 80mins including 6km @ half marathon (HM) pace; 1km jog recovery; 4km @ HM pace. The 4km segment was supposed to be at 10k pace but I didn't have it in my legs on this morning. I figured it was still a good workout which hopefully over time would help get me running at MP more comfortably.
I feel even more stupid as I type this now but by Friday I had run 116km in the previous 6 days which included a 16km race and two hard workouts. On Friday at work, I put my feet up on my desk as I took a private phone call in my office and my lower back went into spasm. I have had this happen a couple of time before both of which stopped me runing for a week but this one didn't feel as bad initially. Went for a walk at lunchtime to try and loosen it up but it actually felt like it was being tightened up with a screw driver.
No improvement at all over the weekend despite Nurofen so I went to the doctor Monday morning. Three days off work on stronger anti-inflammatories plus Valium as a muscle relaxant which knocked me out. I went and saw the osteopath on Wednesday and felt about 80% better after that. He recommended another 48 hours before running again so it was Saturday before I went for a very gentle 8km run.
Aerobically I felt good. Back felt fine. Legs felt horrible, with a tight left hip flexor/groin and no strength in my stride at all.
On Sunday, I did an easy 18km around the Three Bridges as a substitute for another long run missed.
So 18/2-24/2 was 26km in 2 days
25/2-3/3 - 110km. Got a full weeks running in. Started off with a very run Monday before doing a moderate effort Mona fartlek on Tuesday. Didn't push reps or recoveries. Quite a strong headwind on the city side of the river. Finished about 600m short of where I normally get to over the 22mins of my version of a Mona.
Easy Bridges loop Wednesday and a 21km run out to Maylands and back on Thursday. On the Friday I did 5km @ tempo; 1km JR; 2k
4km warm up and 3km cooldown. Was supposed to be 5km @ tempo; 1km JR; 5km @ 10k pace but I am just not running well at the moment. 5km @ tempo was fine but pace started drifting in 2nd km of the second 5km. Tried to get something out of the workout by jogging a km and then doing another 2km @ effort but pace on this 2km wasn't great either.
Recovery run Saturday and then on Sunday, even though I knew I wasn't in shape to do it, I had a crack at the type of run I should be doing this far out from a marathon. 4km warmup, then 19km @ MP.
Ended up doing 10km @ marathon effort (but only around 3:58/km average pace), 1km easy which included a stop for a drink and a gel and then 10km moderately hard, which was close to marathon effort without smashing myself to try and get under 4:00/km. Second 10km was between 4:05-4:15/km with most of them around 4:07/km.
This run took me over 25,000 recorded kms since I turned 40 in 2007 which is the highlight of what has been a pretty disappointing two or three weeks.
I have decided that my changed approach to marathon training has not worked for me and has left me lacking the specific endurance I need for a marathon. As of Sunday night, I have completely revised my training for the last 6 weeks of my program but I don't think a PB or even a sub 2:45 is recoverable at this late stage.
Family meeting tonight, where the topic of discussion was withdrawing from Canberra Marathon and possibly running Bunbury Marathon instead (same day 14 April) or maybe running Joondalup Half in May and then having a crack at Perth Marathon in June. This will save us around $3000 which is a lot of money to spend on a sub-par performance.
A bit disappointing but realistic. At least I am not injured.