Most long runs have been pretty good and the time/distance is building. Last weekend, within the first 2km it was obvious it was going to be a horrid run (no stairs at home, but I had an inkling just walking around the house). That whole run was a mental battle, with the need to constantly remind the body that it was low intensity and perfectly doable. Despite that hard slog, the following weekday runs were mostly great. This weekend (Sunday March 9) I managed a big 18km, woo hoo! Made all the easier by being in a favourite running location - my local Mulligan's Flat. BUT I am feeling just a bit guilty as I have gone from the sound-free runner enjoying nature, to one of those 'ipod types'. Somehow the music acts as a distraction from the negative messages from body to brain. So for now, the ipod wins out. This does detract from the wonders of Mulligan's. Hopefully this will not last forever!
|The loop through Mulligan's Flat and the Border track|
The muscles were a bit niggly post-run, so some compression garments and the mighty roll recovery were called upon. Monday I was greeted with happy muscles and managed a gentle 34km bike ride as recovery. Running pace does seem to be ever so slowly increasing for a given heart rate, but the variation in running temperature makes it hard to be sure.
It's more of the same for March, all 'aerobic' zone training, working on building a solid base. But I remain cautiously optimistic, as previous attempts have shown promise only to see muscle rebellion as the training load increases. I should follow the adage of CJ - One day at a time :-)
Running: 13 hours and 25 minutes
Cycling: only 283 km