Friday, March 10, 2006

Never say never

Woke up yesterday morning and so did not want to get out of bed and run, so I didn't. I listened to my body and decided that it was probably better to rest rather than run tired. The plan was to go to yoga after work and generally have an easy day.

However, come early afternoon and I started thinking about the missed run. Maybe I should do a run after work, but it is getting quite warm. Yoga would be better but then I'm missing a run and my weekly kilometre rate will be down (talk about being governed by my program!). And so, what won out?

Yesterday's session - fartlek run

Time / weather - 6pm / 30*c, sunny, blue skies
Distance - 12km
Time taken - 1hr 3.11min
Av pace - 5.16min/km
AHR - 152; MHR - 171

Despite the temperature it was a pleasant run - it didn't feel that hot. The fartlek part of the run helped make the time and distance pass quickly.

The session consisted:
2 x [2 x 60sec effort (60sec float); 4 x 30sec effort (30sec float)];
1 x 60sec effort (60sec float)

Finished the run about a kilometre from home and walked home as part of the cooldown. Met up with H and Mr T who were out walking their dogs so talked to them for a while before heading inside for a shower and something to eat. I'm glad that I decided to run - I felt better for it.

This morning's session - short run with strides

Time / weather - 6am / 10*c and cool (tho' will get to 30*c again today - love this weather)
Distance - 8km
Time taken - 42.15min
Av pace - 5.16min/km
AHR - 162

Short run this morning as I have the Weston Creek half marathon on Sunday. Threw in 100m strides every kilometre for some variety.

I've been asked how I will run the half marathon on Sunday, ie hard, or steady. To be quite honest I don't know - I think I will decide on the day, depending on how I feel.

Canberra weather
A few people have asked about the weather here. Its starting to get cooler overnight (ie around 10*c and sometimes below) but during the day it has been late 20's*c to early 30's*c. It is very pleasant weather and great for running, particularly in the mornings.


Tesso said...

How good does it feel when you almost don't run but then get out there for a session. Good on ya CJ!

Good luck on Sunday whatever you choose to do in the half. I'm the same way with the BRRC Half up here that day. I think I'd rather be doing a long slow run ... or even a short slow run :-)

miners said...

Best of luck for the race CJ - will look forward to a really positive and successful report on Monday!

And don't tell me you actually had a rest this time during your 2004 IM lead-up???? The kms you were logging back then were insane!

iliketoast said...

Now I feel guilty missing my 13K session over the last day ....

E-Speed said...

sometimes sleeping in deserves its respect, glad you were still able to get the run in!

Rae said...

I hope your half today went awesome!

Sometimes I feel so guilty when I sleep in, but my body does really need the break sometimes.