21km

I managed to get out for a run during lunchtime and did a relatively easy 21km. Pace was constant throughout and I only started to feel fatigued during the last 2km. I’m reasonably sure that this was due to lack of energy or fluid, so maybe I’ll take a drink with me for my next run. What I can’t decide is when that next run will be.

Plan A: Do an easy 30 minute run tomorrow and stack another long run on Thursday.
Plan B: Do an easy 30 minute run tomorrow and then a short and fast session on Thursday.

To decide on the plan I should decide on what limiter I want to address: sustained speed or distance. Also I have to balance this decision with the increased likelihood of injury with stacking long runs.

If, and I do mean IF, I could get 20km runs done Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday, and survive them, I could then spend the week focusing on faster sessions.
I’ll think this over and make a decision tomorrow morning.

I’m 31 days out from my A-Race and am not on track with my fitness… fast-tracking training is a risk.

Good to go

Uncharacteristically for me I managed to wait out the foot issue. Despite being nearly 100% certain that it was merely muscle strain I waited it out before running and ran for the first time today – five days after the race. The foot and fitness felt great throughout the nearly 19km I ran. All I have to do now is make sure I don’t get overconfident in the coming weeks and push it beyond my body’s ability to absorb the training and recover.

I’m in ok shape and I believe that ‘just running’ will get me to where I want to be in 38 days.

Run often. Run easy.

Foot …

The left foot is feeling strain after the race on Saturday. I first noticed it on Monday morning. Because there was a delayed onset I’m going to assume that it is muscular and is nothing to worry about. I have completely rested and massaged with a tennis ball every evening. I’ll probably give running a try tonight and see how it feels.

 

Midnattsloppet 2014

Most unprepared I’ve ever been for a 10km race.

My plan was to try to run the first 2km in 7 minutes and then try to manage the decline in pace from there. It was extraordinarily difficult from the 4th kilometer onward and by the 6th kilometer an unending wave of nausea hovered over the already near unbearable pain.

The time was 39:17 and most probably the most uncomfortable race of my life. Racing untrained is not cool.

XTERRA Sweden

I have been on holidays and have had a 100% media blackout during that time. No TV, Web, newspapers … nothing.

Just before holidays I did XTERRA Sweden. I had no goals going in to the race – in fact the race was an experiment of sorts. I wanted to put myself on a start line when I knew I was not ready; usually I don’t start so I though that if I enter a race that I don’t usually enter then there would be no pressure to perform and thus no need to be prepared.

I stood on the start line feeling relaxed, predicting a sub three hour finish time.

Swam easy – well within myself and came out of the water after about 23 minutes. Not too bad.

Transition was probably the longest transition that took place anywhere in the entire world in 2014. I put on socks and gloves and fumbled every step of the way – not slick at all.

The MTB course was what I was really looking forward to – I started a little too hard but soon settled into a nice rhythm. There was a nice mix of trail, gravel paths, loose rocks and technical sections – really enjoyed it and my confidence increased with every pedal stroke. Lap two the technical sections were easier (why didn’t I learn the course?!).

T2 was quick.

Hit the run with 2:03 on the clock. Sub three was in the bag… I thought. The run course was two 5km laps of which 3,5km was scrambling. Absolutely impossible (for me) to run. I think the run took 59 minutes…

Finished with just over three hours on the clock. Had a great day though.