Friday, February 24, 2012
Track towel ....
My track season is essentially done. Yes, I'm throwing in the towel so to speak. I have decided that I am not mentally or physically ready to tackle Nationals at Easter. I aim to run a 3000m on March 8 and then the 5000m on March 29 and that's it for me this season. I can use those runs as bench marks for the future. In monitoring my progress and looking at my running history, there is no doubt that I have no natural ability and that to make gains I really need to develop a solid, consistent base. It took me a couple of years of consistent training before I saw much improvement when I first started taking running a bit more seriously. With this recent long set back, I am looking at many more months of slogging out the miles before things will start to turn around and I'll start to feel growth mentally and physically. As I love doing those long runs, I look forward to what lies ahead! My running streak continues (day #40) and I am not experiencing any abnormal or excessive fatigue. There is this annoying ongoing wake up insomnia that is messing with me and I have had a couple of tough days of severe dogged tiredness to contend with. That said, it was pleasing to "break through" that tiredness on Wednesday, where I fought it all the way to find it lift with about 2km to go in my run. This week has been mostly 'easy' with the plan to do a training session on Saturday and back this up with a hard run in the ACTVAC handicap on Sunday (and maybe an afternoon run to increase the mileage).
Monday - Easy 8.6K @6:11min/K pace, HRav = 131bpm
Tuesday - XC event; 2.5K warm up, feeling very tired, 5K tempo (couldn't even manage 6 hard/1 easy) 4:57min/K pace, HRav 150ishbpm, .4K cool down with Ruth and Cathy.
Wednesday - Really tired today :-(, managed to run 7.4K @6:17min/K pace, HRav = 126 bpm
Thursday - Lunch time run around Black Mountain, felt good! 11.8K @6:12min/K HRav = 134bpm
Friday - Lunch time run around central basin LBG and Parliament House. 10K @ 6:05min/K, HRav = 129 bpm.