Isnt it funny how we can be easily influenced? These last few days were riddled with other stuff affecting training. No excuses or hard feelings it just is what it is. Thursday was influenced by seeing TRANSFORMERS 2 with my brother. I am not ashamed to say I saw it 2 nights in a row. Its that good. So I slightly cut my intervals short on the bike trainer. 5 min warm-up (usually I do 10), 4 min on 4 min off X 4, 5 min cool down. This time in 1 higher gear than I should or whats comfortable.
Friday- Stayed out way too later with my brother and couldn't get up in the am. Pushed my threshold run to the evening and then when I got home had a much needed "discussion" with my wife. Got out late and was super hungry. I didn't realize until 1/2 mile into the threshold run that my legs were VERY sore from the trainer last night. It turned into a 3 mile recovery run that began as a 4 mile threshold run. Hmmmm funny how things change midstream.
Saturday- Wanted to get 1 1/2 hour ride in. I also wanted to see if how my speed is. So I did a 15 mile loop that I did 2 months ago...5 min faster! Then I went another 8 miles or so. 1:32:24, 23.74 miles ave 15.4 mph. My fastest ave yet. My next long ride will be Karl's 30 miler on his 30th birthday. I spent the rest of the day at my brother-in-Laws birthday BBQ. I didn't drink and I hardly was in the sun to preserve my energy for Sundays run. I did however eat really really good Hawaiian food. I didn't realize until later how much sugar I took in all day. I am sick to my stomach.
Today- 7 miles (actually 6.8 miles) I wanted to average 8:50-9:00 over this semi-hilly course. I knew it was going to be a challenge. Then when I woke up my stomach still was upset. I decided I was going to go for it anyway. Here are the splits: 9:03, 8:57, 8:52, 9:24, 9:45, 12:10, and 7:39 (0.77 mi). In the 4th and 5th mile there are 1/2 mile hills in each that I hoped to overcome and I got pooped. I felt like crap. I couldn't eat anything before and I didn't bring enough water. I actually drank a lot more water than I usually do too. Just one of those runs.
Next week will be normal until Thursday then a mini taper to be fresh for saturdays 5K. I am shooting for 24:50. 1 long swim, 1 short bike, and probably 2 recovery runs.
"I like running because it's a challenge. If you run hard, there's the pain - and you've got to work your way through the pain. You know, lately it seems all you hear is? Don't overdo it' and? Don't push yourself.' Well, I think that's a lot of bull. If you push the human body, it will respond."
- Bob Clarke, Philadelphia Flyers general manager, NHL Hall of Fame.