I just finished my second long run of the Stockholm Marathon Training Program; a program that is currently running five weeks behind schedule.
There are lots of negative things I could say about the run, however, I suppose it’s best to focus on the positive, which was;
Despite wanting to quit after 30 minutes, I managed to do 90 minutes of running totaling 19.5km.
This was done using 10:1 run:walk and every bit of will power I could muster… it was also done at the slowest pace I’ve seen on my watch for a number of years; the only way is up from here.
The next run will be better.
I eventually decided to join my local gym again – for a full year this time. Because of a downpour of snow I decided to skip the planned bike ride and instead, go to the warm confines of the gym…
I hadn’t been in a gym for over two months and I behaved like it was a regular part of my training routine:
10k on the Concept 2 in 42:09
20 minutes of relatively heavy weights
12 minutes of running on legs that were long since dead.
I usually suffer from muscle soreness 36 hours after a bout of exercise that I’m not used to – It’s now 8 hours after the gym and I’m pretty stiff; I have made a silly mistake. I hope it doesn’t take me too long to recover from the consequences.
I’m doing some stupid things this year; like intervals and hard sessions without any base. If I recover from this week – or if indeed there are no consequences, I will refrain from such stupidity for at least six weeks: I should know better than this.
Last year my main goal was not to get injured, it seems that the success of that goal has gone to my head. Now it’s time to reinstate that goal:
Goal 1 2009: “I will not get injured this year!”
Speaking of goals, it’s time to decide on this years other goals. I’ll get them down sometime this week.
The list still contains the following:
Sub 2:55 Marathon
Sub 2:15 Lidingöloppet
Sub 1:20 Half Mara
Sub 36 min 10k
Sub 10:00 IM
Sub 4:30 HIM
Sub 20 min 1500m swim
Sub 2:05 Olympic Tri
Sub 60 min 40k TT
Do a 10k open water swim
Do an ultra marathon (50k)
Most of these are unattainable, I’ll probably have to adjust the times to suit my ever progressing age… because I don’t have the time focus on more than one or two a year.