So it’s been a while, and I know I’m terrible about updating this thing. I’ll get into the habit someday, I promise. I’m going to have to write up an extended race report from my trip to France anyway, so that’s at least one more entry.
Track and the FISU race made for a really long season, and I’m glad that it’s over and that I was able to rest. I took a week off after the FISU race and started back into running last week. I told myself that I would take it easy on the first week back, but as predicted I got carried away. Thankfully, my body seems to be pretty injury-resistant these days, so it didn’t really hurt. In any case, here is the total volume for Monday April 14th through Sunday April 20th:
Monday: 80 minutes of running (10 miles)
Tuesday: 80 minutes easy at 7:30 pace (10.7 miles)
Wednesday: 92 minutes easy at 7:35 pace (12.1 miles)
Thursday: 60k bike ride to Gananoque and back (not sure of average speed because the HRM sensors were acting up), 85 minutes of running at 7:45 pace (11 miles)
Friday: Ran my 10.7 mile route in 1:12:28 (new route PR!), averaged 6:46 pace.
Saturday: 85 minutes at 7:15 pace (12 miles)
Sunday: 21.4 miles at 6:54 pace (2 X the 10.7 route in 1:14:02 and 1:13:28 for 2:27:30 total)
Total running volume was 87.9 miles in singles!
The long run on Sunday was tough. Everything else felt pretty comfortable. What I found strange was the fact that 7 minute pace felt easy on a lot of my runs. I felt like I was trying really hard to hold back on my Sunday run so that I wouldn’t bonk 3/4 of the way through, but I still managed to maintain sub-7 pace, even when I felt as if I was stumbling in at the end. I’m not sure if it means I’m at a higher fitness level. It could just be because I haven’t done any tempo runs or workouts, so everything tends to be faster. I’m planning on adding in some faster stuff this week.
The first bike ride back was interesting. I had a great ride on the way out. Then I managed to wipe out while trying to make a turn-around. I guess I wasn’t paying attention and the bike went out from under me on some gravel or something. I have some nice road rask on my right leg and bruises on both legs. My left knee is a little swollen, but I seem to be able to run on it without pain. It’s only when I’m sitting around for a long time and I try to move again that it hurts. So really I just look like a wreck when I’m wearing shorts, but it isn’t that bad. Plus I got my first sunburn of the year (not serious though) because I didn’t think to put on any suncreen at all before my ride. It was a beautiful sunny day, not a cloud in the sky. I should have known better, but I’m still in winter mode.
I suppose that’s enough for now. I’m in the process of planning out my summer track and/or triathlon schedule, so I’m getting really excited about that!