A favourite acronym of mine. Today it refers to the fact that I'm still dealing with episodes of unexplained running-induced fatigue. One expects to feel pain when pushing hard, but when out doing those 'easy' runs with a low HR, why does it hurt? My response is FIIK! Something at the muscular level isn't quite right. The up side is it could be a lot worse and running could just grind to a halt. However, if this is now the 'norm' for me, then marathon training is not going to happen. The thought of doing a 2-3 hour training run fighting fatigue the whole time holds ZERO appeal.
It was the monthly ACTVAC handicap today on a glorious late autumn morning, the sun was shining and the breeze was mild. I've not run this course before and it's a bit of a tough one, easy on the way out, NOT easy on the way back. I wasn't expecting a great run today based on the last week and yes, nothing to write home about. That said, it was a wonderful morning to be out there amongst it. Plenty of good runs to be had by those that train consistently :-).
Masters Athletics in the ACT are currently in a bit of strife. ACTVAC is without a President or Secretary and the club could fold if those positions aren't filled. I worked on the executive committee a couple of years ago and it has got to be one of the most frustrating committees to be on. Personally I find the approach the club takes very antiquated, it is a bureaucratic nightmare. Seriously, if they want younger people in the club to step up, then there will need to be some BIG changes. It is easier working on a subcommittee and that is where I will stay. Interesting times lie ahead, we may have NO committees/sub-committees in 4 weeks time!
Mon - 9.2K loop around Little Black Mountain - calves nearly fully recovered. Rate 2/3 HRav - 132bpm
Tues - Tempo run as 1K rep session not on. Total distance 8.1K HRav 143bpm. Rate 2/3.
Wed - Late run today. Not feeling particularly good. 11.3K. Rate 1.5/3, HRav 135bpm
Thurs - Long intervals today. 2K warm up then 4 x 6min hardish with 1min recoveries. All in the 4:40 to 4:50min/K range and HR in the mid 150bpm range. Jog back to start was tough. Session rates 1/3. None of the recovery jogs felt good in this session.
Fri - A gentle 5K trundle to get outside. HRav 123bpm. Rate 1/3
Sat - Had planned a flat trail run locally, but local trails closed for Roo cull :-(. Went to Mt Ainslie and did a slow and uncomfortable lap - 14.3K, HRav 132bpm with screaming fatigue most of the way. Rate 0.5/3
Sun - 1.5K warm up, then 7.5K handicap in 39:27 with HRav 151bpm. Like yesterday just couldn't push much at all. Rate 1/3. Followed by yummy brunch with good company :-). Also did a gym session, fatigue is not an issue with weights work. Total for week 69K.