Day #50

10.6 km early morning run

Wow, it took me more than 10 days to get from Day 49 to Day 50. Not sure why I fell off the wagon – it just happened. Yes, weather was crappy, but that is just unacceptable as an excuse. I am grateful that I ran into Dave the other day and just set up a run for this morning. Otherwise I don’t think I would have run today… The loss of fitness I encountered over the last 10 days is tremendous – absolutely shocking. I hope this is enough inspiration to get me back on track.

I really struggled keeping up with Dave down on Alderside. I am pretty sure that this would have been easy 2 weeks ago, but today I was just crushed. It was really good to get out this early in the morning. By 8:30 I had my run in already – it felt really good. I did notice my knee again…

Day #48

2.3 km warm up to the Den and 11 km medium evening run with the Den

Easy warm up run to the Den, but somehow I finalized this run on the watch, so a separate run was created. We went down to Lafarge Lake to see the lights. It was really a social run with a few speed intervals, but overall I just put it into medium running. Anyway, this was the last clinic run of the year. The weather was very cooperative and ideal for running – nice and cool and dry. Noticed my knee at warm up and the pain was closer to a 2. It definitely felt duller than Sunday and it went away until about halfway through the run. It then came back with a 3 to 4 and took me a little by surprise. In any it was bearable and it went away fairly quickly. So, does running make the problem go away or worse? Not sure. I don’t think that running makes it worse, but there are likely some strengthening and/or stretching exercise to help improve the issue. I guess it just hasn’t gotten bad enough just yet…

Day #42

12km with clinic mile intervals

Skipped 2 days of running in a row (Sunday & Monday) because of weather and I just didn’t feel like it. So, I picked the day with the downpour and I even decided to run to the den tonight. Well, I arrived pretty soaked at the store and landed some comments, but in good spirits. We jogged down to a residential area off of Guildford and did 3x 1 mile with 45s break in between. It was definitely a tough one, but I managed to cling on to the others. At least I did not fully die out there. Holding the pace wasn’t that difficult – it was just the slight inclines that killed me. So, with a little grit I came through. In future I need to remember to set my watch correctly so I can capture my mile times. Looking at the data it looks like I averaged a 4:30 min/km pace throughout the workout. Not too shabby – and it helped move my LT pace down to 4:46 min/km in Garmin (for what it’s worth).

 

Day #39

12 km evening run with the Den

Decided to run the 2km to the Den as a warm up and then run home right after the workout. Made it to the store just in time. Next time I need to give myself another 5 minutes to get there a little more on time. The workout was going up Lansdowne and then doing a few repeats along David. It was a really tough workout I had to stop once at the halfway mark to get up the hill. Paul was so nice to pull me up. I really have issues with hills, especially when they tend to be longer. Less weight and running more hills are the only things that will help… Overall a good workout and I felt pretty beat once back at home. It will be interesting to see how the recovery run will go tomorrow.

 

Day #17

6.9 km evening run with the Den

Second week in a row. Went out to the Den for some intensity work. Ran with the 8:30 min/mile group out to Moody Ales to do some pyramid intervals. After 2km warm up we did:

  • 30s, 45s, 60s, 75s, 60s, 45s, 30s with 30s rest in between
  • 30s, 45s, 60s, 75s, 60s, 45s, 30s with 20s rest in between

It didn’t feel too hard, but not too easy either. I think I will stay in this group for another few weeks and then consider moving up to the 8:00 min/mile group.

And it was starting to get chilly tonight. I like it cold…

Day #12

4km afternoon run with Amelie

Went up to Mundy Park with the intention to run 3 loops on the perimeter trail which would have added up to 12km. Amelie wanted to come along and I thought she might be able to run 2 loops, but the long hill killed her and she was done after the first loop and wanted to go home. The run itself felt harder than I thought despite an easy pace. Perhaps the easy run took more out of me than I thought…

8km afternoon run

After dropping Amelie off at home I ran my standard route down to Alderside and back. Pace was pretty good, but I did feel the distance a little more than I anticipated. But overall a good running day.