Monday, 4 April 2011

Yoga + Pilates one day + 32km run the following day + 4 hours hiking the day after that = aching all over

The last 3 days were pretty tough, but now it's rest, rest, rest with gentler runs and less distance.  I am now in the tapering period.

On Friday I did lunchtime yoga.  It was a good session and not overly tough, but still a good rigorous workout.  Friday evening was Pilates and I could certainly feel the fact that I had done yoga earlier in the day.  When I went to bed I was already starting to ache, but when I woke up on Saturday morning I was pretty much aching all over.

Despite the aches I had my plan to follow so I got up bright and early and set off for my 32km run.  On this occasion I didn't have so much time, as Anny and I wanted to go to Konstanz, so instead of running from Zurich to Rapperswil, I ran 16km towards Rapperswil and then turned round and ran back.  The data from my Garmin watch is here  As you will see if you take a look at the data, it was a pretty decent paced training run.  I covered the 32km in 3 hours 4 minutes and 18 seconds.  This time included a stop at Zurich HB to stock up on sports drinks and gels for the run, plus 2 toilet stops.  The moving time is listed as 2 hours 58 minutes and 51 seconds.  The average heart rate was in the desired training zone at 129bpm, but in the last hour I started to increase the pace and it rose to a maximum of 146bpm.

According to the data, my average moving pace was 5 minutes 35 seconds per kilometre.  If I am to achieve my aim of sub 3 hours 30 then I will need to run about 35 seconds per kilometre faster than this in the race, and for 10km further.  Is this achievable?  Well I think that it is, based on the following:

1) The lactate test predicted even faster than this, and that was a few weeks ago before I put in a lot of tempo and speedwork training.
2) I ran 5:35 pace on Saturday for 32km, but that was after a day of yoga and Pilates, and lots of previous training runs without a significant rest period.
3) Prior to the race itself I will be resting completely for at least 2 full days before, and will not be doing anything strenuous in the week before.
4) I only stopped after 32km on Saturday because I knew I shouldn't run more than 32km in training.
5) On race day I will be going all out in terms of effort compared to an estimated effort score of 7 or 8 out of 10 on Saturday.

On Sunday I was wondering whether I had pushed it too hard during my long run, as it seemed like every muscle and joint in my body was aching.  Anny and I had planned to go hiking, and although I considered calling it off and resting at home, I thought hiking would be a good idea in order to loosen up my muscles.  We hiked for about 4 hours in total with a 30 minute jog in the middle.  By the end my knee was definitely telling me it needed a break.

Today is a new day and the aches are starting to go away.  Tonight is a night of complete rest and tomorrow will be an hour of yoga at lunchtime, but no running.  The next run will most likely be on Wednesday with my colleagues.  I hope that my muscles will now fully recover, strengthen and reap the rewards of the last few weeks of training.  If I look back at my blog it is only one month since I was able to recommence my running after physio for runners knee, and if I do achieve a sub 3 hour 30 marathon with only one solid month of running training I will be very happy indeed.

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