Thursday, January 26, 2017

Don't Panic

Niamh and Shea have recovered from their respective bouts of flu, feeling fully recovered by now. I guess I have indeed managed to dodge that bullet, which can only be a good thing.

On the other hand, I obviously jinxed myself in my last post when stating that the figures had improved because as soon as I had typed it they had started to tank again. Typical. I do have an alternative explanation for the raised HR on most runs (I kept think of an incident that made me angry on Tuesday, it was windy on Wednesday, it was very windy on Thursday) but, well, yes that's just a bunch of excuses.

I started introducing the occasional 8-mile run, so it's possible that the added load has something to do with it, though I'm inclined to dismiss that explanation as the additional distance is so small and I don't feel any different after one single extra mile. Anyway, I'll keep an eye on it. Today's numbers were a bit better again despite running through a yellow weather warning, so it may well have been just a temporary blip.

The weather had one side effect, namely that it knocked out our power. My habit of waking up early before the alarm clock goes off came in handy as my radio alarm wouldn't have been much use today. Getting ready with the help of a headlamp was a new experience as well. They took their time restoring power as well - it took until 4 o;clock in the evening!

I keep getting sporadic updates from my team mates about their preparations for the World Championships. They seem to fall into two very distinctive categories - either they're doing tons of miles and all is going well or they've been doing next to nothing for weeks or even months due to injury or illness and are slowly starting to panic. I'm definitely in the second group, except that I'm not panicking, at least not just yet.

23 Jan
7 miles, 57:50, 8:15 pace, HR 147
24 Jan
7 miles, 56:52, 8:07 pace, HR 150
25 Jan
8 miles, 1:03:46, 7:58 pace, HR 152
26 Jan
7 miles, 56:37, 8:05 pace, HR 148

1 comment:

  1. What's a headlamp ;-)
    Just noticed your last training run - maybe the extra pounds are having an effect on the numbers?