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Emotions vs common sense (edited)

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The Ed, or coach (you can also read husband) has more or less left me to do my runs, always however checking how I felt and what the time and pulse was. I am a sports scientist after all and should know the basics of wise training.

I have been very keen to increase my mileage, in a rush to get back to 50-60 kilometres that I was doing weekly while on build-up and before I got sick. I still feel ‘pear shaped’ and convinced that my jeans have shrunk. I want to be ‘leaner and meaner’. In my attempt to rush things I did an easy 8K run on Monday and a 10K on Tuesday. These were very relaxed runs at least when considering the times I ran.

I was told very clearly that I obviously did not learn that much on my sports science course and the 10K run was not such a clever move, particularly the day after my 8K. This, because I have not been doing so much mileage lately. But what can I say, emotions always at times defeat common sense, or science for that matter. I must admit, I felt tired after the 10K even though I had tried to keep the pulse and pace low. It is not often someone runs past me on my runs. She did not run much faster than I did .. I had actually passed her once some 4 kilometres earlier. The difference was that I had a steady pace throughout.

I cautiously, and little bit embarrassed about rushing things, asked if I should do a recovery run or take a rest the day after the 10K. I did not want to take a rest day just yet, minimum of 3 days of running I had on my mind, and was happy to hear when The Ed instructed me to do the short, familiar 3.8K run around the farm – to check my current state of fitness.  I was told to go out and enjoy, keep it relaxed and see how it goes, take a half way split, not to run flat out, just enjoy. Oh, ok. I run at a harder pace but still so that it felt comfortable and I knew I could make it to the end without dying. I was happy to see the hubby and the youngest one had come to meet me with their bicycles with 600 metres to go.  It warms my heart every time when such enthusiasm is shown towards my running.

My current state of fitness is 2 minutes quicker than The Ed had estimated and 2 minutes slower than 9 months ago when I ran my best time for the course. I do not know what to think of the result. But, as there is no room for negativity in our household .. so something good it must indicate.

My legs are tired now, as if they had been through a heavy week’s training. Rest day was needed at this point. I am hoping to get some nice running done over the weekend.

Life running hastily

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No big or exciting things happening on the running front on this side.

But at least I am running.

This week I ran five times, and that already is an improvement – 36 kilometres of pleasant relaxed running. Well, I did one 5K run with a higher tempo just to suss out the state of my condition. Not quite there yet. Pulse is high.

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Weekend already gone

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I am feeling healthy again and have been building up my tempo and distance. Not so much distance, but I have had a few good runs this week. I did a 7.5K run in 34 minutes and 5K in 22 minutes. This makes me happy and confident that I have not lost it all.

Many runs started here

I have run on 3 consecutive days now and I feel that I deserve a rest day tomorrow, Friday. I am hoping to do easy long runs during the weekend as well as some studying, book keeping and  tax forms (always leave it till the last moment – hate the task), celebrating the 1st of May, watching son’s football in 2 different places on Sunday .. he plays for 2 teams. I am sure there was something else too. Nevertheless ..

.. Monday will be here in a flash.

Have a good weekend!

5K, rest, 5K, rest, 5K ..

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That is what my past ‘training’ week looks like.

As you can see I still have to take it easy. 5 kilometres of easy running feels enough at the moment. My morning pulse is still high and I can feel that I am not 100 percent healthy yet. I feel more energetic one day and then can feel ‘flat as a pancake’ the day after.

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First run in three weeks

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First run in three weeks. It was short and light but still I was out on my two feet! I feel happy and already a kilogram lighter. I had not planned to run today. But after my morning cup of coffee I felt so energetic that I decided to give it a go. It has been awhile.

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Resting heart rate and womanly illusion

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There is not much to report about running. I have been totally flat for the past week and done zero running. It has been frustrating to say the least but I simply have not had the energy to run.

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Not ready to rock yet

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I thought I was ready to rock but instead have been resting most of the week.

I took a rest day on Monday as I was feeling more tired than normal. Tuesday I ran 65 minutes but struggled to keep the pulse below 140 bpm even though I was running slower than I normally do during my easy runs. In the evening my legs were aching while standing hanging the washing. Not good .. and a definite sign of a malady.

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Back to day 1

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Last week I ran over 50 km in total. Training week went as planned. The toughest session was 6 x 1K intervals with 60s rest in between. I always start my sessions too hard and then struggle to keep ut the same pace throughout the session. This time I thought I would start easier and try to get to the anticipated pace from the start as not to ‘blow the gasket’ too early. Well, my pace judgement is not that good just yet and it is still a learning process. I ran the first split too slowly then the second one too quickly while the last 4 splits went better. I have recorded my splits in my logbook and you can also follow my training on Time-to-Run forums.

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Sub 40 min 10K training programme

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I am back in running form and glad to announce I have started the Time-to-Run sub 40 min 10K training programme. In my last race of the previous season I ran my PB of 40:24 for a 10K road race. This season I want to go under 40 .. with a decent margin.

Future training partner always keen to run

I had easy runs on Monday and Tuesday, and took a rest day on Wednesday as not to overload the body before Thursday’s quality session  –  4 x 2K interval training, the toughest session of the programme.

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Quiet running week with kids picnic and gym

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It has been quiet on the running front as I have not felt 100% healthy. I had 3 days of full rest from Sunday to Tuesday. I went out for a 4K run with the kids on their bicycles on Wednesday. Do not know if I can call it a run, as I need to stop every now and then to help someone to take their gloves off, put them back on, push someone through the muddiest parts, or help them to get back on their bike again. Well, at least I was on my feet doing some form of exercise, and that felt good.

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