Daily Archives: April 13, 2014

Good Runs, Bad Runs

 

The geese have arrived, the ice remains.

The geese have arrived, the ice remains.

Spring has sprung, sort of…maybe.  There are still patches of snow and ice, but bare ground now makes up the main part of the landscape.  Of course once we have our 20C day tomorrow, we are back to single digits and one night of well below zero.  It seems though that the main thing this season is bringing us is wind.  I hate wind, I definitely hate it more than sub zero temperatures.  Thursday brought gusts of almost 70km, and yes I was out there running.

I did have four very good runs this week.  Then there was the fifth 🙁

Let’s start with the positives.  Last Sunday I decided to run my own half marathon, so one week after racing ATB I comfortably completed a 21.1 run.  Monday I had another good run followed by two days of being sick.  Thursday I ran my fastest training 5k ever, finishing in 27 minutes.  Each km lap was faster than the one before and I finished with a 5 minute km, I am pretty sure my first!  On Friday my legs wanted to go quickly again, allowing me to do a comfortable 11.5k run at a 5:42 pace.  Within that distance, according to my new Garmin, I did a 10k in 56:45.  Considering my fastest 10k race is only half a minute faster than that, I was feeling pretty awesome!

And then came long run day on Saturday.  Ideally I needed to complete a 30k run.  The reason I needed such a long run is I have decided, perhaps stupidly, to sell my Ottawa Half Marathon bid and buy a bib for the full.  I just figured if I had trained for a 30k race it seemed a little silly to not go for 42.2.  I’m fairly confident I will not agree with that logic at around the 35th km of the marathon but I will just have to live with it.  It is also the 40th anniversary of the Ottawa Marathon, so it I decided that if I wanted to try a marathon one more time why not do one in my home town on a big anniversary?  And check out the anniversary medal, which was on display at ATB:

 

Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon and 5k medals.

Ottawa Race Weekend Marathon and 5k medals.

Now, if only I had managed a good long run yesterday.  That 30k run?  Not even close.  I bailed at 22k, though the run fell apart long before that.  When you sit on a park bench to send emails and texts, you know the run is a write off.  After four great runs, I had absolutely nothing left.  I’m trying to put a positive spin on the run.  It may not have been long enough, but it was done on very tired legs, which I have to assume is good training in itself, right???  I am also not going to panic since I know I can run a steady 30k.  I was due a bad run, it had been a while.  It just might have been a little more convenient to have a bad run on a day other than my long run day.

Now my challenge is to fit in some good 30k+ runs in the next 3 weeks, since technically I am a little behind.  No pressure though…