In took it easy on Monday but the legs didn't really feel like running anyway. Taking it easy was always on the plan and I sure wasn't going to go against that.
On Tuesday I did something rather different. I'm not expecting a heat wave in Belfast but it's always better to be prepared (and I've just read an article that said that being heat adapted has advantages even in cooler temperatures), so I wrapped myself in 4 layers, put on a hat and stepped on the treadmill, making sure that the room's windows were all closed. 5 miles later I was steamed well through and called it a day. I'll do another of those adaptation runs this week, for an hour hopefully, but probably on the road because an hour on the treadmill is more than I care to take. One or maybe two more next week should see me well adapted. It may or may not make a difference but, like I said, it's always better to be prepared.
Today, Wednesday, I actually felt better again and the pace/HR confirmed that, though the legs are still not entirely happy.
My lower back is feeling a lot better, there is hardly any discomfort left. That's the most positive development of the last few days,
I'm not quite suffering from taper madness yet. Somehow it hasn't sunk in yet how close race day is already.
- 13 Jun
- 8 miles, 1:04:21, 8:03 pace, HR 137
- 14 Jun
- 5 miles, 45:44, 9:09 pace, HR 132, treadmill, heat adaptation
- 15 Jun
- 10 miles, 1:18:48, 7:52 pace, HR 139