I had planned to take an easy week after 3 fairly tough weeks, but I still thought that I would manage 5 runs. However, on Saturday morning I was feeling beat and decided to follow the old adage “listen to your body”, so I stayed in bed. It turned out to be a good choice as the weather got much cooler on Sunday with some light rain and I was able to go out and run the guts of 36km after stocking up on yakiniku and yakiyasai the night before. It was an enjoyable run along the river down to Kawasaki Daishi, over Daishibashi with a good view of Haneda Airport and back up the Tokyo side. I found it hard to keep within MAF on the way back and I ended up being on my feet for 4 hours 20 minutes.
Along with running at MAF pace, I have been trying to change my diet during the summer as outlined in Maffetone’s “Big Book Of Endurance Training and Racing”. I have managed to remain off cereals and white bread (2.5 months) and alcohol (nearly 4 weeks) which has seen me lose the best part of 5kg since the start of June. For breakfast I will have Avocado, Banana, Kiwi or Pineapple, Yogurt, Yakult and Coffee. For lunch I am trying to stay away from rice and bread and if I can make it to the supermarket, I can buy 2 types of salad and chicken, liver or fish. Dinner is the same as it has always been but I generally take half the amount of rice that I used to. Throughout the day I snack on almond nuts and drink far too much coffee.
The other highlight of this week is that my HRV is apparently in good shape, at least that is what I think it means when the blue line is going up and the Week Change is green after a rest day.
Tuesday Aerobic 8.7 km
Wednesday Aerobic 21.1 km
Friday Aerobic 12.4 km
Sunday Long Run 35.8 km