With the relay only a few days away, I decided to do only one more run and give my body a couple of days to recover. Plus, give me some time to make my fuel reserves will be there. I hit the road and trail after work and did a 5.66 miles. My pace was just under 10 minutes per mile. Not bad, I shaved about 30 seconds off from when I first started training a month ago.
Next stop, the Ragnar Relay.
I got up and headed to they gym with every intent of a good run. It didn’t exactly work out that way. I did my usual 5 minute warm up walk on the treadmill before resetting for the run. I wanted go for speed, but the energy just wasn’t there. I switched goal from speed to incline. I still completed over 4 miles, for 352 feet incline.
I realized the fuel wasn’t in me. The night before, dinner was a big salad and I had not really eaten that much during the day. Diet is an important part of this training, and shouldn’t be shorted.
I am an IT Project Manager and as such, my work does include managing deployments that happen overnight. This was a weekend where we did a deployment that started at 9:00 PM Saturday night and finished at 3:30 AM Sunday morning.
I have to say that this run was not bad considering I had only about 4 1/2 hours sleep the night before.
After a 48 hour break it was time for another 3. I made some improvement over the last threesome. I’m using the treadmills at the gym for the morning runs. They have the ability to increase the incline to simulate hills which are not near by.
The first run was similar to the last run of the previous set.
I’m happy with the second run. The pace was good, the ground was mostly level. I think it will be similar to my second leg, with the second leg being shorter at 2.8 miles.
The third run, I upped the incline to get more vertical distance. I’ve been studying the legs I will be running and trying to simulate for distance and pitch. So while the total vertical shows 530, the bulk of it was accomplished in the first 2 miles. Not too unlike my third legs elevation.