Sunday, April 09, 2006

A bit sore

Yesterday was a day of cross training of some kind: several hors of working in the garden. After digging and pulling gorse as well as strimming rushes for nearly 4 hours, I was more tired that after a 20 miler. Let’s call it upper body strengthening, because my shoulders and arms are quite sore today.

So, when I went out for my 7 mile run this morning, I just couldn’t get relaxed. This might seem strange to a non-runner, but due to my sore shoulders I could not get into a relaxed stride. After one mile I decided to abandon any ideas of calling this stumble a recovery run and ran a bit faster. The main problem with running recovery run after recovery run is that they start to get really boring after a while. I really felt like speeding up, and when today’s loss of a relaxed form offered an excuse, I jumped on the chance to get in a “real” run. It probably wasn’t the best thing to do from a recovery point of view, but I’m glad I did it, because I really enjoyed today’s run. I didn’t get carried away and still kept my pace in check; it was just a bit faster than all the previous runs since the marathon.

I’ve got three weeks until the half, and I’m a bit unsure on what’s the best way to proceed from here. I need to increase my mileage, but should also try to get in one or two tempo runs to sharpen up a bit. I’ve no real idea on what’s the best way to do this without jeopardising my recovery. My guess is I might do about 30 miles next week, then maybe around 35 the following one, and 40, including the half, after that. I could also try to do a tempo run a week before the half. I don’t know if that’s sensible, I’ll adapt it if I feel a problem along the way.

I also need to buy a new pairs of shoes. If only I wasn’t broke already.

9 Apr: 7 miles, 1:01, 8:42 pace

11 comments:

  1. Well at least I never get bored...

    The best part of this workout is that you are feeling fresh enough and strong to go further!

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  2. Good Job on the run. I totally know the feeling of, well this might not be the best ideea but it sure does feel ok now!

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  3. After all, there's no pint in running if you're not enjoying it! Sometimes what you feel has to take priority over what you "know" is the right training.

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  4. I almost know how you feel. It's only 3 weeks to my half as well and I'm really behind on my mileage. Life has just gotten the way too many times lately.

    But I bet we both have awesome races. Glad you had a good run.

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  5. Sounds like you need some tunes to get you going :) Just kidding... I'm also recovering...my toes are finally getting some feeling back after Connemara!

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  6. Your plan sounds good to me...what do I know? Take it as it comes, while trying to follow it.

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  7. I meant to say there's no POINT in running...

    There are plenty of pints, usually after the run is over.

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  8. Just read your marathon report and can really relate to your experience. Well done on pushing through the feelings of bailing out - that in itself is a victory!

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  9. Thanks for your note!

    Buying new shoes as often as they are necessary is killing me! Ugh! Nice run!

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  10. After a marathon there are many doubts about the better way to recover. We are always in a terrible hurry to come back in the pre-marathon shape, but it is difficult. Listen at your body and yes, you did the right thing: a fun run!

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