I haven’t posted an update about my training for a while because of how bad it’s gone.
“I think I’m in 15:40 shape”
I started to hit a groove and was feeling really fit about 7 weeks into it. My first race was planned for March 25 and I thought 15:40 was a realistic goal. On March 23 I got the flu.
I didn’t run for 10 straight days, and then for the following 10-15 days or so I couldn’t muster up much more than ~4-5 mile runs at a slow pace which left me exhausted.
By the time I’d gotten over the flu I had lost fitness. I’m a couple weeks back into “real” training but it’s been rough.
Last week I had three notable runs:
- 3 mile tempo @ 5:34
5:37, 5:35, 5:32. I probably tried a little too hard to hit the 5:34 average.
- 4 x 1200 @ 3:50 w/ 2:30 jogging rest
A total disaster. I went 3:53, 3:56, then threw in the towel 200m into the third interval when I was on over 4:00 pace and dying. Not sure what happened
- 12 mile long run
This was yesterday. I did the first 6 in ~6:55s and the last 6 in ~6:40s feeling relaxed the whole time. I was happy with this.
Where does this leave me?
I signed up for Swat Last Chance which is Monday, May 15. I was actually starting to believe I would PR with the way things were going. At this point, sub 16:00 is even a stretch, but I’m going to run it no matter what.
I don’t look at this as a failure. If anything I’m encouraged. Things were going really well and a stroke of bad luck dashed this training cycle. I’m not giving up on PRing. It’s going to happen.