So I am back at regular training after a weeks break in running class, though I did at 10 miler race on Sunday. My ham string was a like big piece of rock had to see a physiotherapist to get that fixed. It was a good a run today the pace was good no aches and pains. I slowed down to get a fellow runner who was injured going again. But I guess like almost everyone in the clinic she had IT band issues so bailed on the run. I am hoping I can get my max training done this week. I am out next week going to miss my week day runs and than its race week.
Garmin 610 GPS was dot accurate today and not much to write about today.
I did my first 10 miler race today. It was great location right in the lake. I had never been to the Leslie Spits before. Its really great location to especially to run, its green and by lake and flat.
I was hoping to a much better time especially given that I had run this distance before but I was not there today from start I was a bit slower. I took couple of blocks and a gel but it was too late.
Over all it was good run and good preparation for the upcoming #STWM half marathon. Now I am bit worried about the distance not sure why running in heavy rain and thunderstorm was not as bad as today. The Sun was out all along bit it was not too hot it was perfect temperature and felt good. My calf injury did not bother me much once I was warmed up it was all good. My ankle did feel weak after 12K and it did cost some time to ignore it; I have to ice my foot and rest today. Here is how the race looked.
Oh Garmin 610 GPS and heart rate were both on the spot accurate today. For a change.
I have been saying this for a while that I have been running for a while now and I was lucky to not catch any injury. I guess that is really a false statement, there were tell tell signs and I should have backed OFF. I knew all along that this happens and have seen so many runners go through this and yet ignored that and kept pushing and trying to improves times , run longer and push harder on hills. My calf muscle which was bothering for a about 2 weeks finally decided to raise a red flag. I was limping for a week and yet ran 18K and tried to run today. Surprisingly running still is more comfortable than walking. I guess it was just blood flow which masked the pain and made it worse every time I stopped today.
I did visit a physio yesterday who did a acupuncture and helped a bit, but it was bad again today morning. With a race planned for this Sunday which is not insignificant distance. I decided to pull the plug on training and rest a bit. I also was icing my calf muscle for last few days but it was too messy to move with the ice pack around me. Found this cool and fancy ice pack in running room and it is really great. It does not use water it has gel which soaks water and freezes. It has sleeve that compresses and holds the ice pack in right spot. This is really cool thing that they make.
I did run today but was less than 4K in total and not worth mentioning too.
So #STWM is getting close and today we ran 18K that was so tiring. I was almost dead by the time I finished it. It was pouring like hell when we started. I went mostly due to peer pressure and I know with out the group I would never have run or got till here.
The time sucked as usual the Sunday runs I find it harder more to do with running in morning than evening. My last few evening runs have bettered the time every day but the morning run still suffer. I found few more runners like me. I my case its more to do with having necessary carbs before running. I am trying to get a decent breakfast now before every run. But than it has to be small portion to avoid throwing up before run. I hope I work this balance out in next 4 weeks.
Garmin heart rate monitor again failed today and I really need to find a solution for this before the race. It was supposed to help tune my run by controlling heart rate better. Need to call garmin support again about this.
We ran all the way to Ballamy beacy past ash bridges bay. It was fantastic route along the lake.
So today's run was supposed to be steady state 8K. It was really great run there was no stop and go no lights on the way to Cherry Beach. The Sun was setting it was nice and orange everywhere. The last few weeks of intense training and hill training has really helped the pace. I can get down to 6:15 and keep it over and over again. I still am doing to 10:1 and that definitely helps avoiding the burnout. We had couple of new people join the Thursday group which is good change as last few weeks the numbers were dwindling down.
For a change Garmin heart rate monitor was perfect today and so was the Garmin 610 GPS. It was exactly as the route said all the markers matched too. I guess weather does affect GPS quality.
The route along Queen's quay to Cheery beach is always good. I use to hate it because it had no lights on it but it was the best part no stopping and it was great run. Here is how the run went.
So finally I am done with the hill training and doing the final 8 repeats on @Canoe landing site felt really great. After a really long time I was not the last soul to finish it and I lapped someone. I know its bad to say that especially when I was on other end but it does feel good. The last few loops were stop and go but I was able to actually sprint the last part which was really good. The heart still needs some training to get the average rate down to 150bpm. Its still very and stays above 178 for some time which may not be good. I need to run slow for that which the Sunday runs' help a lot. I am happy that hill training is done.
Garmin heart rate monitor was good again today too for a change. My New balance 880v4 seem to worn out and now I can feel the front foot impact much more that when I got this before. I am thinking of getting a 2nd pair so that it is broken in before the race.
Here is how today's run went.
My speed has been improving a lot recently I did my PB in my #YorkvilleRun and today I beat 1 min from that time. Still not under 30min mark but I am going to be there soon. I can feel that. #STWM is just 5 weeks away and now focus is on distance and keeping fit as much possible. I need avoid injuries and hopefully I will finish the #STWM.
Today route was different we went east to jarvis and up to Wellesley and back. Surprise the Garmin heart rate was back to normal, I still need the new elastic strap need to find buy it. The old heart rate monitor strap slips or moves to a spot where it looses the contact and than from there on its all downhill.
Here is how the route was.
So I was back to running after a mini break (Skipped 1 run) and it feels good. The small break of few days reset the stiff muscles and now I feel better. In fact I beat my PB for 10K today and there was no sore muscle after run. I religiously did my stretching after run. Today we had a good turn out around 90 people it was supposed to be a Tune-Up run for #STWM. We did a 12K run around the Martin Goodman trail and went west to Marilyn Bell Park and back. It was good day with temps down to single digit it was perfect to run. The Sun was up and no winds by the lake it was good start for this day.
Today also happens to be the Terry Fox run day and it was good to run for it.
Here is how the route was.
I guess this is not first time that I counted on rain to help me hydrate and did not carry water with me. All the time before rain did not show and the humid weather just made things worse. Today it was raining and it was pouring on the way back and I could taste the salty sweat but alas its no where to close to what I needed. I was wet but I don;t think it was due to rain it was all sweat with humid climate. I was completely dehydrated by the end and to add to misery this was hill training day. To make it every worse it was at Riverdale park and 8 repeats.
My feet are really sore and hurting and I hate it when water gets into my shoes. So may puddles everywhere had to dip into it. Overall the run was good training and only one more hill training class left now.
Garmin heart rate monitor went back to what it was doing before. Some where in the middle on the run the heart rate dropped to as if I was standing still when I was panting and running out of breath. I guess I am not the only one but talking around to group it looks like it has to do with faulty belt and not the heart rate monitor. I am going to call the Garmin support tomorrow to see what they say.
So last weekend as you know now, I ended up doing 2 back to back races. A 1oK #NightRace followed by early morning 5K #YorkvilleRun. Both races were good and I did my PB in both. But now I can feel the symptoms of burnout. my Ham strings are like a Rock now so I am over using my Quads. This could soon go down spirally and end up preventing me from completing my half marathon #STWM.
Here I am in week 12 of training and I was struggling to finish my 5K tempo run and I am seriously thinking of resting for a week. Its like catch 22 if I stop I might not be able to catch up and if I don't I wont be able to finish the training. I finished it and used the foam roller and hope it helps to make it better by tomorrow.