Friday, January 31, 2014

The January summary

It's been a somewhat gentle start back. However, there has been a definite set back on the running front. Parkrun went from 23:20 to 24:00 for pretty much the same RPE. That is not surprising given the limited amount of running time/kms since the 'roadless travelled' recommenced. It is probably unreasonable to except THIS body to cope with just 2 short runs (walk/runs) and a hard run each parkrun and expect continual improvement on no running base. The time has come to try and build a base. Sadly I have failed at this before in the land of training intolerance, but this time around it makes sense to persevere and to stick with true 'easy', at least for the next 8 weeks. It's time to develop an aerobic base using some low HR training. I've already shown myself that if I run slowly enough, it isn't necessarily as 'tough' as it has been before! Indeed, even when it's in the mid 30s C temperature wise, if you go slow enough, the heat just doesn't matter! Previously I have struggled trying to run slow, but recent efforts show it can indeed be done! Maybe that has something to do with rock bottom and lots of time off.

Time to keep that heart rate LOW!
January was a relatively easy month on both the cycling and running front. Here's hoping the goal of getting over 60 mins for a run doesn't prove too challenging (a recent 54 min run does bring hope)! For the next little while, it is less of a mental 'blah' if the cycling is documented as distance and the running as time. That way cycling doesn't become all about pace and running is not all about distance! Bring it on.

Summary for January:
Cycling - only 590 km
Running - 9:39 hours/mins (that's on 3 days/week of running)

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tricks of the runner's mind

One of the toughest things about this training intolerance is the frequent lack of ‘easy’ even when doing an ‘easy run’. Mentally one has to push the body to keep going, this is despite a slow pace, low heart rate and no overtraining fatigue. I can easily understand why people give up on running when they first start. It is demoralising when it feels hard each time. For me, it is the memory of how good it used to be that keeps me going. I live in hope of that ‘feel good’ run. Coz when they feel good, there really isn’t anything better!

Remove those pins!
Wednesday’s session started as most have in recent times, a hard slog to do an easy run. I have progressed to 30 mins of continual running with some strides thrown in just before the finish of the run. This week the strides were interesting. The first two were same ol’, same ol’. BUT at the end of 2nd set I pulled up feeling a bit giddy and odd. As I slowly walked back to the start for the 3rd set of strides the giddiness lifted and for lack of a better description, it felt like some evil spirit departing (a lifting fog...?) and the body suddenly felt light and relaxed. The remaining strides felt pretty good, fast legs and no dizziness. Even better, the jog back to work was truly ‘easy’, it felt like floating back up the little hill through the ANU. Of course, this was probably due to a drop of blood flow to the brain, but it felt like a hex had been lifted, a voodoo curse reversed (because I have so much knowledge of how that feels ...... not ;-) ). Could it be someone has cursed me from afar causing the running woes of the last few years and the hex is over? My runner’s brain would love that to be the case, anything to get back to how it was before! Ah well, we shall see. This theory could well be shattered on my very next run. JKK reporting

Friday, January 3, 2014

The numbers for 2013

Running stats:
Total running kms were: 989 km
Longest run in 2013: 14 km
Biggest weekly mileage: 51 km
Fasted 5km: 22:38 at Ginninderra parkrun
Total number of weeks taken off running in 2013: 18 weeks (8 + 7 + 3) (does not include rest days when actually running)

Cycling stats:
Total cycling kms were: 5350 km
Longest bike ride in 2013: 135 km
Biggest weekly mileage: 433 km
Total number of weeks not cycling in 2013: 26 weeks (similarly, does not include rest days)

It's pretty clear that there wasn't a lot of running happening in 2013. Here's hoping that 2014 is more positive on the running front.