Day #46

20 km evening long run with hills

This long run really got to me. My legs felt like jello on the last 2 km rolling home. I am happy that I was able to run up Heritage Mountain without stopping once (vs 3 times the last time I tried). I did have to take a break on the way back up David again – between Johnson and Lansdowne. Overall my legs were just tired. I think the weekly volume really contributed to it, as looking at the heart rate I averaged 146 bpm which is much less that I thought it would be.

I also had some minor issues with my left knee again – but it doesn’t seem that it is getting worse. For a few moment I felt some weakness in knee, like it was going to give in. But I have felt that feeling in the past and nothing really came out of it. Overall I think these hills actually help build up muscles around the knee (that is my hope, at least). I was careful on the downhills not to put too much pressure, then again I felt so depleted that I couldn’t have taken the downhills much faster anyway. I will be interesting to see how my legs will feel tomorrow.

Day #38

18 km afternoon long run

Vancouver Fall weather has finally caught up with my running. Pouring rain all along the way. There were only a very few runners out there today and overall very little traffic on the roads and sidewalks. I guess everybody was inside at home or in the mall. At least it wasn’t that cold, but I did have some minor issues with chafing in the groin area. Need to remember to use some vaseline or similar when going out in this kind of weather. Pace was really good. Compared to the same route 2 weeks ago I dropped 16s in pace and 4 bpm in heart rate. Pretty happy about that. Was pretty tired towards the very end, but overall felt pretty good. Took a nice long hot bath when I got home…

Day #33

20 km mid day long run

Big mistake planning to run up Heritage Mountain Blvd. I nearly died going up there. I had to take three (!) walking breaks just to make it up to the High School. Once I was up there it was okay. It was not easy running to Noons Creek, but manageable. Downhill was, of course, easy after this torture making it up there. The remaining 13 km were fairly uneventful – decent pace all the way back although it did catch up to on the last few kms. I know I will feel this distance in my legs for the next day or two. Curious to see how the Tuesday clinic will work out.

Was fairly cold and windy, but I was so exhausted and warmed up that I hardly noticed the environment.

 

 

Day #29

15 km mid day run

This was pretty good. Today’s pace was 10 sec faster per km than 2 weeks ago on exact the same route, but even more important I dropped 7 bpm of my heart rate (156 -> 149). The first half felt very easy and much slower than I was actually running. On the last third I got too ambitious (again) and started pushing myself so I would get a sub 5:30 min/km pace. Not sure whether this was a good idea, but I pulled it off. Pretty warm today – single T-shirt weather will soon be over I guess. Tomorrow I will put in an easy run as Tuesday is Halloween and there is no clinic that day. With tomorrow’s run it will have run 5 days in a row. Haven’t done that in a really long time. I do feel that my legs are getting tired, but I think I can another easy one tomorrow.

Day #24

18 km midday long run

My first “real” long run in the sense that it was longer than 90 mins or longer than 15km. 18km seemed a little daunting at first, but then I started finding my rhythm and I wasn’t worried too much about the distance, but rather the pace. I was aiming to run the whole distance at around 5:50 min/km, but of course I went too fast, especially on the way out, so I finally ended up with 5:36 min/km which was slightly faster than last Sunday’s 15km run.

The run itself felt good and I actually caught a phase where it felt really easy (on the first few kilometers coming back from Hyde Creek) – I guess the endorphins kicked in 😉 I was pretty dead when I finally got back home and I had no immediate opportunity to put up my legs, but it was really well worth it. I know that these runs will make be much stronger.

Day #20

15 km mid day long run

Technically this was not a long run, but it sure felt like one and it’s main purpose was to put mileage / time on my feet. Today was a gorgeous day in Port Moody – one of the few beautiful Fall days of this year. I started off too fast, of course, and subsequently most of the run felt like real work. But I did hang in there despite it being really hard on the last 3 km. It felt good and gave me a feeling of accomplishment. I know that this type of run will make me stronger and carry me through the week of regular runs. Next week I should really start slower…