On Sunday I had a 80min easy trail run with my gf, avg HR was 141bpm.
Today I did a bit of strength training... The thing is, my left knee started bothering me for the past couple of weeks. It's not pain, but I don't really enjoy the sensation.
So I plan to do some strength training once a week to strengthen my legs & ligaments. I did a strength training session today on day 00, next one I plan to do it on day 9 of the cycle and the other one probably in day 14. You see any issue with the schedule?
I also plan to run some of the easy runs on trails and/or on a track. In theory this will reduce joint impact.
I also started taking shark cartilage supplement for about 2 weeks now.
For active rest unfortunately I can't swim(for now) so it will probably be complete rest or easy bike ride.
For the 2k session this Thursday, like you said before the build-up, the first 2 x 2k I plan to run at 4:20/km and the next 3 x 2k I plan to run at 4:15/km. Looking forward to the session :-)))
Summary for this week:
* Day 01(Tuesday) - 70min easy; 11.98km @ 5.51min/km @ 148bpm avg HR
* Day 02 - skipped
* Day 03(Thursday) - 5 x 2k; first 2 x 2k @ 4.20/km, the rest @ 4.15/km @ 29-30 dec C. Breakdown:
* Day 4(Friday) - easy 22km bike ride @ 143bpm avg HR
* Day 5(Saturday) - long run... it felt horrible! Target was to run around 22km, temperature was 31 deg C, no shade. I ended up running 18km because I struggled to keep the pulse below 153bpm. Avg pace was 6.31/km; total time 1h:57m; 151bpm avg HR. Last kms were ran above 7min/km, it felt really horrible so I stopped at 18k. Hopefully the next long run will be more enjoyable.
Tomorrow I'll do an easy trail run.
Target pace for the 6 x 1k next week is 4min/km.
P.S. Also check post above.
All the best Ed & have a nice weekend!
HI O, how are things going with the knee?
your 2k session is quite decent
as for the long run, after 1hr of running, consider stopping for a water break and stretch a little, then break the next segments into 20 minute runs with a 1 minute break to take on water and stretch a little before running again
the little rest should help
good luck with the 1k session
My knee is ok. Changing terrain probably helped.
The 2k session felt really comfortable, however, I cannot say the same for the 1k session today...
Monday(day 07) I did a 1hr easy; 9.89km @ 6.04/km @ 149bpm avg HR @ 36 deg C
Tuesday(day 08) I did the 6 x 1k session. Plan was 4min/km but I failed to take into account the temperature(33 deg C). The first 3 laps were ok, however the last 3 weren't. Compared to the last 6 x 1k session, HR looks better but I have no ideea why I just couldn't accelerate. Legs felt heavy despite the fact that I had HR reserve left. Anyway, breakdown below:
For this Saturdays session(day 12), what do you suggest I do? If I do a paced 5k, what pace should I aim for? Temperature forecast for next Saturday is 24-25 deg C, so a bit cooler.
with your weather being hot, do not focus too much on the result
try to do the sessions without too much expectation
the 5k paced, is half the time you would like to run a 10k in currently
hope this helps and enjoy
Summary this week:
Day 09 - did a bit of strength training at home
Day 10 - 60min easy that turned into 75mins because pulse was steady throughout and felt comfortable; 75mins, 12.63km @ 5:56/km @ 147 bpm avg hr @ 28 deg C
Day 12 - 5km paced - target was 4:10/km, but I started at 4:20/km and increased pace by 5s each km. 5km, 20:49 @ 4:09/km @ 174 bpm avg hr @ 20 deg C.
* km 1 - 4:18/km
* km 2 - 4:14/km
* km 3 - 4:10/km
* km 4 - 4:05/km
* km 5 - 3:59/km
I sent you a PM with the Garmin activity in case you want to take a look over it.
Have a nice weekend Ed!
O, your 5k pace judgement was quite superb
apply this to your racing and you sure to get the results you desire
Ed, it's not really pace judgement by feel, because I was relying on my watch for pace. The last 1km felt quite hard(5/5 effort almost).
A little update for the past days:
Day 13: 75mins easy run; 12.77km @ 5.52/km avg pace @ 147bpm avg HR @ 21 deg C. Later that day I went for a very easy 42km bike ride @ 82bpm avg HR.
Day 14: 60mins easy run; 10.52km @ 5.42/km avg pace @ 149bpm avg HR @ 28 deg C
Day 15: 10 x 400m session, target pace 3.50/km translated into a 1m32s/400m lap. I also decreased the rest from 60s to 45s because last 400m session felt very easy. Session felt comfortably hard, outside temp was 31 deg C. Breakdown below:
How do you suggest I end this cycle? I mean for Thursday & Saturday. Should I follow the plan normally?
O, how are you going?
you can finish off the cycle and for Saturday, you can either do a 4 to 8k test or do a longer hard paced trail run
I did the fartlek session on Thursday, went really nice.
Unfortunately, Friday I felt like crap all day, must have been something I ate, because my stomach was upset. I woke up Saturday morning feeling a bit better, but not completely, so I decided to go for a trail run in the afternoon.
Bad idea. After 3km I had to stop and return to the car. Pulse was through the roof and I was feeling completely out of breath. Couldn't run at all...
I'll probably take a rest tomorrow, depending on how I feel. And will start a new cycle on Tuesday next week.
Enjoy the weekend!
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