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Resting shoes for few days

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It has been a strange week. I missed my training due to my absentmindedness on Wednesday. Never have I been as tired as I was after Thursday’s fartlek session. On Friday I rested. Saturday it was turn for a 40-50 minute run over rolling hills. I have mentioned before that the hills are absent around home but the wind makes up for it. Same thing almost?

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Warm up shopping

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Unfortunately the training routine has suffered from my somewhat severe forgetfulness this week. I had scheduled Wednesday very precisely to be able to fit in my run before taking the train to Malmö to meet my tutor. I left the kids at school and was already dressed to go for my hour run. I drove to the forest track and realised I had left my phone home. I figured I would manage a day without a phone. During the teenage years the mobile phones did not even exist and we lived happily without. I started my run but soon realised I could not travel all the way to Malmö, spend the day far away from the family without the phone. I stopped my run before 3 kilometres, drove 15 km home just to fetch my phone, get changed and then drive back to town to catch the train. That was my training for the day. “The whole body suffers from a dumb head” we say in Finland. And, just to give you an idea about the severity of the forgetfulness .. I drove from home without the phone, which I luckily became aware of pretty soon after driving off, and could just reverse back. Sometimes it just looses its charm  to be me.

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Another training week

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Last week’s training went more or less as planned. Only the 5K time trial replaced the hour run on Tuesday, and Saturday’s run was cut shorter.

It has been cold again the past week or two. Four layers of clothing on the upper body, two on the lower body, a hat and a thick pair of gloves, only then I am ready to face the cold front that has hit Scandinavia. I am not too sure whether it would be more pleasurable to be running in Finland with close -20 degrees or in Ystad with -5 and freezing wind? Let’s hope weather gods will soon treat us with warmer winds and bring us sunshine. I think we are all awaiting Spring to arrive. 

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Shock to the system

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To shock your system and blow out the cobwebs I would recommend a 5K time trial. Or make it a 4K.

It's all about timing

The coach thought it was about time to test my fitness and see how the build up programme has worked for me. I had heard stories how the build up programme had worked wonders for some runners, and of course was hoping this would be so in my case, too. I have been running mostly easy runs for three months now. During the time I have been on the build up programme (the past 6 weeks) I have only done 4 fartlek sessions, which have been approximately at 75% effort. Those are the only faster runs I have done, and yet, I have felt a definite improvement and feel more like a “proper” runner when I am out there. Anyways, I do not really know what I was expecting from today’s time trial ..

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New challenges

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Six days of consecutive running was this week’s challenge. Never before, and it sounded like an awful lot of running. But I did well. To reduce the load ever so slightly, I was instructed to run a light 30 minute recovery run on Monday instead of a full hour run. This was after my long run on Sunday. Tuesday and Wednesday I did 1-hour-runs, and Thursday it was time for some interval work.

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Friday rest

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My training this week has been good so far. It has been going as planned. Actually even better. It was my 5 x 8 minutes interval session that I was most pleased with. I had planned running the 8 minute intervals at about 157 bpm pace, just like I ran the last time I did the session. However, I found a nice rhythm at 163 bpm pace and kept it at that throughout the session. The 8 minute intervals have 2 minutes of easy running in between.

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A good week in the end

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I mentioned in my previous post, I have been feeling  more tired than normal this week and legs have felt heavy on my runs, only towards the end though. Therefore my training week did not quite look the same as it was supposed to. Thursday’s 1 hour run became a rest day and I ran on Friday instead. Saturday again was a rest day, and run on Sunday. So, three rest days altogether.

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Extra day’s rest

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Just as I mentioned that my body has been coping well with the increased training load, it has been struggling this week. I have been more tired than normal and my legs have been feeling heavy. But I have also noticed a definite increase in my speed while the heart rate is still relatively low. Perhaps I have been running harder than normal?

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DOMS

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Another week’s training done. Last week of the 3 week build-up cycle and it has been good. Body is adapting nicely to the increased amount of running, and an hour run feels like a standard now. Having said that, I did take an extra rest day on Monday, as was recommended by the coach, after my 80 minute long run the day before.

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Grippin’ again

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It was very depressing returning to South of Sweden from Finland. It has been raining and misty, and while out running it feels as if the sky is hanging over me. The sun has not been out since we arrived.

One thing that has made me happy about being home is to be able to run on asphalt and non-icy pavements/paths again.  No more slipping  … for the moment at least. Snow is melting fast and day by day paths are getting better. And, it has been relatively warm. I have managed with only 3 layers of clothing on my upper body on few occasions. Pure sign of Spring.

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