This was not such a good week. However, I did manage to finish it with a 36km long run so I am thankful for that. The way things were going, I nearly did not make it. My ithlete was red again (30) on Saturday morning so I took my third consecutive rest day. Actually, I was happy to do so as I was still feeling a bit tired. On Sunday my ithlete returned to white (train as normal) albeit only 33. I was hoping for green (good recovery) but I took what I could get and started to make plans to get in my run.
Unfortunately, I had 2 obstacles: 1) It was raining cats and dogs all day and 2) the wife had plans of her own until 6pm. 6pm came and it was still bucketing down but I was having a war of words with a fellow Nambanner so I was not able to back down and out the door I went.
The route I take for my long run is 3km down to the river, 6km along the bank, cross a bridge and back up the other side for about 13km, turn around and back down again. It means I pass the point of no return on the 36km run at the 17km mark. Mentally I think that helps me to keep going and it certainly did tonight. If I could have turned back at 19km or 20km I might have but by the time I reached the next bridge at 22km I was OK again and I knew I would finish.
Like last week I let my heart rate drift above MAF and I was only in the zone for 15% of the run. For the last 10km I was pretty much running at 15 beats above MAF to try and make it home before midnight.
I am hoping that tomorrow morning my HRV will continue to rise and that I can get back to a full week’s running.
Monday Aerobic 20.4km
Wednesday MAF Test 15.3km
Sunday Long Run 36.0km