After surviving a week on the road with no ill effects, and doing 2 good runs last weekend, I came back to Japan to catch a cold within 4 days. That meant I did not get out to run Monday to Friday, resorting to going to bed early and drinking hot lemons.
On Saturday I still was not feeling great but I knew I had to get out and do something so it was down to Yokohama for a 15km trail run. It started out quite terrible. I was feeling sick and seeing stars as I headed up the hill. However, gradually things got better and by the time I tackled the Sakae High School hill segment, I was not feeling too bad. I could not take the Course Record but I think that now it is only a matter of time. I often feel that when you are recovering from a cold, a good sweat will do you the world of good.
Sunday was a Fast Finish Long Run. The idea was to run 28km with the last 13km at goal pace. I couldn’t do it. Although I could get my run up to my Long Run pace of 4:50 – 5:00/km I just could not sustain 4:30/km for the 13km and I ended up doing 10km with an average pace of 4:35/km towards the end. I was not that disappointed as coming back from a cold and not having run all week it was to be expected. I know that I can run at 4:30/km pace as I did it last weekend for 20km and if conditions are right, I will make this my race pace in 4 weeks. Next weekend’s long run is 32km to 38km. I will try and go long and see how it goes.