Welcome to my training report for week commencing 26th January 2015. Part of a series of weekly reports, briefly summarising my training during that week and plans for the following week. You will find the vast majority of my workouts published through my Strava, Runkeeper and Movescount accounts. Where applicable I have provided direct links to specific workouts on Strava below, should you wish to see more detail on them. OK so lets get into it…
Last week (commencing 26th January 2015)
Race week has arrived! I started the week with the beginnings of a head cold, so backed right off and took it easy trying to shift it. This seemed to work, so for my final taper run I pushed the intensity as I usually would before a race. This resulted in knee pain on the Friday, which needed a quick assessment from a health professional. I was given the all clear to run and raced on Saturday as planned.
Penultimate taper run, short lunchtime spin. Suffering from the beginnings of a cold so dropped the intensity and focussed on easy MAF pace. As usual taper run felt awful and just have to be confident in the process and realise it’s my body doubt it’s thing. At this stage the head cold is more of a concern for Saturday’s race 🙁 8 °C, WC: 4 °C, 26km/h WNW, 82%
Final taper run before Saturday’s race, short run with a couple of hills to inject some intensity. Felt pretty good but blooming cold. Will not be hanging around in the checkpoint come Saturday. Bring it on! 5 °C, WC: 0 °C, 22km/h WSW, 70%
First ultra of the year and what a race, or at least not in my case. A race of two halves weather wise, cold and clear for first half and then full on winter conditions for the second half, with strong winds, freezing temperatures and blizzards. Snow and mud do not make the best ground conditions for running on. Weather aside I was miles away from my A game. From the off just felt wrong and like I was running through treacle. I was struggling to keep my HR down despite going at a nice easy pace and then at 20km both my quads started to hurt. How on earth am I going to get to the coast! I pushed on quickly through CP1 and passed my support crew shortly afterwards. By this point my shoe was bruising my ankle bone and I opted to change this at CP2. Leaving CP2 things still didn’t feel good and then it snowed, really showed! I threw on every layer I had, hunkered down and struggled on with my sore quads. Suddenly at 55km it felt different, the quads still hurt like hell but I felt like I could run and even race. Too little too late. I managed to catch 7 people before the finish but by then the damage was done. Pleased to finish strongly in 22nd place but how could the race been if my body had played ball from the off!?
10 hours and 39 minutes of training and racing, with a TSS of 705.5 and total distance of 88km broken down as follows:
Run: 88km in 10h 39m
Core work: 0h 50m
Plan for next week (commencing 2nd February 2015)
Well its pretty simple really, there is no plan! Following the race my quads are pretty busted, so the aim of this week is to rest and recover, with any training taking place only when my body feels up to and at a nice easy place. The earliest I will run will be the weekend but it’s likely to be the following week to allow total recovery.
So that’s the plan! Feel free to follow my progress through my Strava, Runkeeper or Movescount accounts. Will be back next week with an update on how it went and plan for the next training block.
My name is Giles Thurston and I have what some describe as an unnatural obsession with running and multi-sport!
I ran my first ultra marathon back in 2014, love trail running and heading out for long running adventures.
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