Training hasn’t been exactly ideal over the last few weeks. Firstly, I had the mega migraine that rendered me useless for a week. I managed to get in 2 or 3 good runs before catching a dose of food poisoning that landed me in a NZ hospital. My brush with food poisoning left me unable to eat for over a week and thus I had no energy to get out and run.
Finally last week I got back to running only to catch a minor cold- bloody weakened immune system.! Gave up on the idea of running most of the weekend and caught up on sleep, which has me feeling much better. Resting is an essential part of the program but all my other extra curricular activities seem to have worn me out more than I’d budgeted for.
This weekend was a timely reminder to get my butt back in shape though. J’s birthday would have been Friday and he’s the reason I’m putting my body through hell and back. I’ve managed to raise just over $300 for beyondblue so far. Must keep going!!
I started last week’s training with a new found optimism. My cardiac output run was my best so far. In the last 6 weeks I’ve managed to wipe a minute off my pace in this heart rate zone. Go me!! *queue happy dance*
That optimism faded rather quickly. Tuesday my body practically screamed at me that I needed a rest day. Given that it was pretty much the first time since I took up the program that I’ve felt like that, I actually listened. I had an early night and a good feed and hoped for the best.
Wednesday I woke up refreshed, so of course I smashed out the run I had planned for Tuesday. 3 x 12 minute intervals @ 90% MAS. Felt good, a bit over 6km covered. Legs couldn’t keep the pace up for the last interval but I kept pushing. HR was still jacked so it wasn’t like I was slacking off.
Wednesday night I was struck with a migraine. All plans for the rest of the week were scratched. Thursday and Friday I still had symptoms. A little foggy and a little achy. The last thing I felt like was having my brain bounce around inside my skull while I ran. Saturday I felt better but took another rest day just to make sure I was 100%.
Sunday I felt physically fine. Had brunch out with a friend. Nutrition was totally on point. I had some gluten free, high protein, antioxidant rich bowl of Acai mush. I’ve never felt so healthy; my body is a goddam temple and I had an urge to instagram my meal. It actually tasted pretty good but it needed a straw.
While I felt better after my migraine, apparently my body disagreed. Heart rate was all over the place during my run yesterday evening. One minute I’m barely walking (9:30mins/km)and my heart rate is 150bpm, next its plummeting and I’m jogging 8:10mins/km at 142bpm. Overall yesterday’s average pace was actually worse than when I first started the program. Hoping a fresh week brings better results.
Training last week was tough. Work sent me to Sydney to attend a course on Lean Six Sigma. Traveling to Sydney means starting my week at 330am on a Monday, about 7 hours earlier than my ideal wake up call. As a result I started my week less than refreshed but at this point giving up on my training plan is not happening. I’m determined not to go backwards by taking a week off unnecessarily. I’m giving it my all to make sure I meet my target time in July.
Sydney was hot and humid, which messed with my time quite a bit. My pace was a little slower than I would have liked especially on my MAS runs. Worst of all, I felt like I’d been swimming every morning not running. I’m a sweaty mofo. I also kind of resemble a beetroot when I exercise.
Overall it was a fairly consistent week. Got out and trained according to my plan; 2 cardiac output runs and 2 interval runs. Unfortunately the early mornings took a toll and by Saturday I was fairly fatigued. Fingers Crossed my body starts adapting to all this running soon.
I managed to complete the first 4 week block of training set out for me by my Personal Trainer with some success. I stuck to the program and got in at least 4 runs a week, plus rowing, the occasional bike ride and a few weights sessions here and there.
Time trial results are promising:
|Pre Program 18/01/2016
Hoping to wipe another 30 seconds off my time trial in the next phase of my program. Keep Punching PT has written me up a new program with 2x short cardiac output runs, 1x long cardiac output run and 2x intervals this time. No fartlek runs for me!! 😀
160 days and counting….
Today I’m just over 3 weeks into the running program my personal trainer set out for me when I said I’d signed up for Run Melbourne.
The program had 5 runs scheduled a week; 2 shorter cardiac output runs (130-150bpm), 2 Fartlek runs and a long cardiac output run. For the most part I’ve stuck to the plan as best as possible, subbing in either rowing or cycling when I should have completed my long cardiac output run on a Sunday.
Cardiac output running is quite possibly the most boring part of my week and also somewhat embarrassing to post to Strava. For me 130-150 bpm equates to jogging at little more than a brisk walking pace. I average somewhere between 8:30 and 9 minute km, depending on the summer temperature and how mush rest I’ve gotten. Clearly I’m not winning any land speed records in the near future.
I’ve persisted through the cardiac output runs with the promise it will improve my pace exponentially and that within months I should be at 6 minute kms within this heart rate range. Despite knowing someone who stuck to this plan and had great results, I have to admit I was not a true believer. I’m the definition of a skeptic; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. This firmly falls into the too good basket.
While its yet to be seen whether I can master the mythical 6 minute kms, I have seen a huge improvement in my pace. The office running group dragged me along today and I wiped almost a minute per km off my last effort in late December. In fact its been my best run tracked on Strava ever.
Here are the stats to prove it:
If you know me well enough, you’ll know that I hate running. Its something I find incredibly difficult; my body revolts against the forced movement, it is determined not to co-operate. A lot of people are generally surprised by the revelation that I hate running because I regularly sign up for events that mandate a fair amount of it but there is a reason behind the madness. Not only is it good for you(surprise surprise) but in the past it has been an excellent way to raise awareness and funds for a cause that I am passionate about.
Last year a friend of mine took their own life. Its not the first time I’ve lost a friend to mental illness and I highly doubt it will be the last. J was a kind soul, someone who made you feel special through the most simple of actions. If I was stressed out at work, he’d cook me dinner to make sure I ate; if I felt tired and unattractive, he’d remind me of the more important things in life. I fondly recall one late night after work, coming home to find J shuffling to Taylor Swift in my kitchen with a look of pure joy on his face. This is the way I want to remember J because even though he was a flawed individual, he was human.
J is the reason I am running the Half Marathon at this years Run Melbourne festival, to raise money for Beyond Blue.
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