Sunday, 16 February 2020

Time out

stats of the week: gym 3 h
stats of the previous week: run 23 km, gym 3 h

No good news as you see. I ignored the muscle problem as long as possible. Until there was no choice. Rest! Ice! Diclofenac! Tape! Infrared radiation! ... no improvement for more than a week. Now I hope to get back on the track this week. Keep fingers crossed.

Monday, 3 February 2020

Indoor sweating

stats of the week: run 40 km, gym 4 h

Did the same intervals once more but then I had to cancel the scheduled long run due to (hopefully ) minor muscel problems. Luckily I was able to do cautious 14 K on the treadmill instead. Found the treadmill much harder than outdoors. It was a lot of sweating.

Monday, 27 January 2020

13 weeks to London

stats of the week: run 48 km, gym 4

Looking at the figures it was a decent week of training. Alas, most workouts let me feel tired. Did intervals on the treadmill - 8 times 700 meters at 5:12 to 5:00 pace - and found it rather hard.

Set up a cautious schedule for my spring races at Sylt (15/03), Berlin (05/04) and indeed London (26/04). Just 13 weeks to go

No good news from the health front. Got my blood tested and the result was that bad that I got (not really) convinced to go back to at least half the daily dose of statins. Not happy with that.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Tired and limited

stats of the week: run 38 km, gym 4 h

I pondered a lot about the reason why my performance improved although I didn't increase my training effort. Then I found one assumption. I halfed the application rate of my blood diluter. I have done this for 3 weeks but now I got convinced to turn back to the full dose. Every reputable source says that you should stick to 2 x 90 mg of inhibitors of platelet aggregation for a full year after you got coated stents. Now I will see if I slow down again.

photo: my look after 9 K

On this Saturday I did slow down. Maybe it was the expected fatigue when running the 3rd 10K race within 3 weeks. Legs felt tired from the start on and breathing was limited. However, I was fast for the first 5 K but then I was forced to slow down. Finally 50:35 was still the second best time for the last 2 years. No reason to moan.

Monday, 13 January 2020

Elderly boy wonder

stats of the week: run 43 km, gym 3 h

Miracles are rare but sometimes they happen. Sunday's 10 K was such a kind of wonder. A cold and very windy day, but a flat and fast course. I hoped to confirm a 51 min time but things got even better. Apart from 2nd and 3rd Km I was able to run a sub 5 min/K pace and finished after 49:57 min. A personal best since more than 2 years!

Surprisingly I was placed only 8th in my age group. Indeed the area is known for a big number of really fast senior runners. They were all there obviously.

I can't really tell a reason for the improvement. I have only just returned to speed intervals. May be the performance follows the relaxing and sunny holidays on Hawaii. May be the repaired heart gets back to a state of higher effort. Now I am curious about my running year 2020.

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

New target may be realistic

stats of the week: run 33 km, gym 3 h

I surprised myself by running the 10K New Year's Eve Run in a year's best of 50:38. Even more surprising was that I could run the final 3 km at a pace of sub 5 min/K. So new hope is rising that I could be able to run a sub 50 min in 2020. It is a real challenge but I will try. Weekly speed work might enable me to reach this target.

Approaching the finish line it doesn't look easy. Alas I enjoyed the race.

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Winter speed work

stats of the week: run 39 km, gym 3 h

Back home to German winter it was a fairly good start although I am still working to get over the 11h jet lag. Every evening I fall asleep at around 9pm while my normal time is midnight.

I enjoyed our traditional "christmas roast digestive run" in the local woods. A big group of runners of different clubs and several neighbour towns met to have a social sportive morning on boxing day.

Did a cautious speed workout on the treadmill - 5 single km at up to 5:12 min/K. It worked well so I plan to repeat speed work every week from now on. However next speed work is the local 10K new year's eve run at Herne where I expect to finish at a rather slow time of  53 min.