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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Running Log 2011: Week #17

Blah, what a crummy week this was. After the race of a lifetime last week I got sick this week and had to scale back my volume and intensity a touch.  My shins are feeling 100% today, though they were just a tad sensitive on the track yesterday. I'm optimistic that the issue is all sorted out.

This was an amazing weekend for racing in Ontario. London saw the Forest City Road Races go down in style with LRDC winning the Men's and Women's half marathons. Matt Suda ran an impressive 1:15 and change to capture his win, and Leslie Sexton dropped 2 minutes off her last half marathon race (Run for Retina).

I started to get sick on Tuesday and decided to curb it by working from home, sleeping in and running a workout. Haha, yup. The workout was a fun fartlek to be done at hard effort level (I averaged 3:35/km pace for the intervals) and managed to hang with the tough young guns on our club.  The head cold took ahold of me on Wednesday, I ran easy, but canned the workout Thursday in hopes of recovering quickly. Thanks Steve for your sage advice. Saturday it was back to the track for the first time in two weeks and we did a wicked interval workout which consisted of 3x(400m,200m,400m) at 1500m goal pace.  Blah, I had a tough time as I was still coming over my cold but mentally I was able to hang in there and push through 72sec 400m repeats, equivalent to 4:30 pace over 1500m.

I forgot how brutal 1500m race pace was, I am in for a massive world of hurt this Sunday as I hit the track at TD Waterhouse stadium for my first competitive 1500m in 11 years. Yikes.

Today I ran a long run, and my foot is now hurting me. Sob. Hopefully it recovers quickly.

A total of 85km for the week. The goal was 90km, and considering my sickness and my missed workout, I'm satisfied.

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