Saturday, May 5, 2012

Apr 30 - May 2 : Life After London

Busy, busy bee.  After a week of training, a week of "normal work" has piled up, making this week (especially Thursday and Friday) feel like it was going 100mph.  But it keeps things interesting, and you don't get bored.

I felt kind of de-trained this week... blobbish, so I'm eager to get back into some real training.  In fact, I feel like I could start a new marathon buildup right now... but more on why that is in my next post.

While I was in London, I found out about a mile run giving out cash prizes.  $300 for 1st, $75 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd.  I had already signed up for a 5K on the same evening (a nice one with a shirt and only a $6 entry fee), but you don't get a chance to race a mile very often, and its entry fee was also low ($10 including a shirt).  So I decided to call the 5K fee a sunk cost, and I signed up for the mile. 

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Monday (Apr 30):
A catch-up strength session, after going 11 days without one.  14 days is about the max before I notice a detraining effect, so this was just fine.

Tuesday (May 1):
11 or so hrs at work, so gym wasn't an option by the time I was back home and ready.  I ended up doing a fartlek at midnight on the roads, with my reflective armbands on.

4.3 in 33:14, 7:44 ave.  I did 7:47 min (0.87) as a warmup, 2:30 (0.37) on, 1:16 (0.16) off, 2:40 (0.37) on, 0:57 (0.12) off, 1:46 (0.28) on, 2:21 (0.22) off, 2:44 (0.37) on, 0:48 (0.1) off, 1:20 (0.22 on), 1:26 (0.21) off, 2:11 (0.35) on, 5:23 (0.67) off.

Not bad.  Quick.  Didn't feel like the run lasted long enough, cardio-wise, but different workouts target different systems.

Wednesday (May 2):
Treadmill.  The console's working again, so I know my distances instantaneously again.  3.6 in 28:51, 8:01 ave.  Splits> 8:18, 7:59, 7:55, 4:37 for 0.6.  Would've gone on for another mile or two, but the gym was closing.  But maybe it was for the best, so that I didn't overspend myself before the mile.

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