Running longer and faster… a few thoughts…

When does “run” rhyme with “well-done”?

TGISu…F.I.N.A.L.L.Y… Thought this week would never end…

Long rest and actually nice night sleep, started Sunday on the right foot/feet 🙂 Light breakfast before leaving for this morning intervals. The plan was to get some pulling power from a biker and I had one ready to help at home. After approx.1.2km, the headwind was already bothering me/us and it was just the warmup… Thought a bit whether we should aim for another route and skip this wind, but it felt ok, especially if my personal biker would serve as wind-shield AND pull-power during the run. Stop after warmup for light stretch and reviewing the planned intervals. Took a few km before the wind felt impossible to fight, the wind-shield strategy was not helping as I was more likely pushing then being pulled. Ended the first 5K really annoyed and not even heavy breathing (not that it is necessary, but at least I see I have been working…). Three stops during this first interval are three too many. A bit of rest, water and then turn back hoping for tailwind… and of course not. Side wind it was and for this my personal wind-shield acted perfectly. But the pace was way slower than expected and this got me even more annoyed. Completed the second 5K, too a bit of rest and then aimed for home along the harbours. Sure at the end it became a half-marathon at a training pace. But on the “annoyance”-level scale, it just raised the top. Took a black magic mix after the run (plenty of nice healthy stuff) and then it was time to prepare lunch. Spareribs and ovenbaked potatoes…Almost covered for the annoying run…

Afternoon spent chilling out and walking to/back from town. A bit of shopping and then finishing the day with rehab. Something does not feel ok and I cannot set the finger on it. Today I put the blame on the shoes (had my Kinvara and they definitely not were giving me the feeling I wanted), on the wind (of course!), on the wind-shield not working, on the pulling not working, on the …. what was it I had to blame as well?… Yes, today was definitely not a “well-done” run. So change of strategy for Paris: definitely to be a training long run rather than something else. Cannot see really how to get fast and fit in a week from now, when today felt like rubbish.

So, countdown continues, but not clearly high expectations though.

Time for evening chillout!

4 responses

  1. Murphys lag!
    Personal biker 🙂

    February 23, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    • Om du kan säga till Murphy att jag är trött på det? 🙂

      February 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm

  2. Well done! I get frustrated too when the conditions interfer to the point that the run ends up not being what it was supposed to be (in terms of pace, usually!). However, I think it is great to train in all kinds of conditions and if it’s hard, it’s a workout. Incidentally, I also had to battle ridiculous winds during my training run this morning (also a half marathon) and also managed to stray from the target pace. Maybe it’s the flavour of the day! 😉

    February 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    • Easy cannot be that funny, right?
      As you said, training under all weather conditions let you well-prepared. So if it rains-snows-is windy-freezing-real hot-humid next Sunday…I an ready!

      February 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

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