I took it easy last week and only ran three times. You'd think that I'd be feeling better as a result of that. Alas no! It was a hard slog around the lake yesterday. My visions of 11 km were quickly cut back to a gentle 7 km. Although it did not feel gentle in the least! Today I had a small dummy spit and went out for a run at lunch even though technically Wednesday is a day off. To add insult to injury I made my bitterly complaining body do 5 x 200 m hill repetitions with a warm up and cool down to pad the distance out to ~5.6 km. It does raise the question of whether a body that is struggling with muscular fatigue can respond to any sort of training? You can only train to the level your body can handle. However, surely any sort of stimulus should see some improvements in sustainable pace. Time will tell!
An interesting aspect of this fatigue is that it targets those muscles that do the majority of the work. I can head out the door and within a few minutes I'll know what kind of run it's going to be. My gluteals and hamstring muscles will quickly start to feel sore and tired. If they don't feel sore and tired, then the run is usually pretty good. An odd phenomenon, as there are generally no real indications until I start to run. Yep, still very irrational.
Interestingly, the hill reps today, were at an equivalent pace and intensity to those I did 2 weeks ago when feeling pretty good. However, there was constant muscle discomfort and I made them shorter by about 20 m. That said, I probably could have done a couple more 2 weeks ago, but chose not to push my luck. Today, there was no way I could do any more than 5. The big question is, how will the muscles feel tomorrow?