There was another problem as well. My right calf muscle was very sore. Interestingly, when I checked the same muscle on the left leg, it was quite sore as well to the touch, though it did not hurt when I left it alone. The right one was pretty bad though. usually I use the stick to work on aching muscles, but it was basically causing excruciating pain, so I just did what I always do with my niggles: I ignored it. As much as that is frowned upon, I have a rather dramatic success rate with that approach, and indeed I kept feeling better every day and by this morning I was pain free. I do sometimes wonder how many more times I will get away with that, though.
Monday's run was exceptionally slow because the legs felt seriously heavy. I did not need to be told to take it easy, it was plain obvious. On Tuesday I did another evaluation workout, probably the last one of this marathon cycle. I expected the figures to be an improvement to last months because I expected to see a sharpening effect from the two races. I was wrong.
(The numbers in brackets are adjusted pace, 7 seconds for every 2 heart beats off the 161 target):
Mile 1 6:30 HR 161 (6:30) Mile 2 6:36 HR 162 (6:39) Mile 3 6:40 HR 160 (6:37) Mile 4 6:40 HR 160 (6:37) Recovery to HR 130: 38 seconds
There are two surprises in that. One, I was basically 10 seconds per mile slower than last time, two, I needed much longer to recover. Neither figure is catastrophically bad, but I read from that that I am behind in my recovery.
As a result I took it easy again on Wednesday, though I felt much, much better than on Monday. I hope to be feeling fully recovered again at the weekend; if the legs are as tired again, I will cut back for a week.
- 7 Jan
- 8 miles, 1:04:22, 8:03 pace, HR 131
- 8 Jan
- 12 miles, 1:25:25, 7:07 pace, HR 145
4 mile eval: 6:30, 6:39, 6:37, 6:37 (adjusted), 38 sec recovery
- 9 Jan
- 8 miles, 1:01:03, 7:36 pace, HR 133