On Sunday I had a 90 minute run on my schedule. I met up with Tara at Edworthy early in order to knock it out. Tara was keen for company so I was more than happy to oblige. As soon as we got going I could tell my legs were flat. The worst part is, as we headed out we had a tail wind and my legs just weren’t coming around. Oh well, it has been quite a busy set of training, including some tough hill repeats on Thursday so I guess I’m not surprised. I told Tara that I’d be perfectly fine with turning around early, so 30 minutes in we headed back and now into the wind.
What is it with running in the wind? When you have a tail wind it feels so calm around you. You run into the wind and you can’t hear anything! How come it is so different in two different directions?
While I never fully got that jump going in my legs they did start to feel better and I just didn’t want to call it quits one hour in. We ran to our cars, took a quick bathroom break, then headed out just a bit further to make for a 1:20 run. We both had places to be soon thereafter so 1:20 was all that was possible.
Angie told me that during Ironman training there will be a lot of workouts where I just don’t feel great. Welcome to Ironman training! As I’ll be tired a lot of the time I’ll have to get used to it! Luckily this week is fairly light in anticipation of the Police Half Marathon this weekend.
Later in the afternoon I hit up the pool for a swim – a 1500m race distance swim, followed by some sprints and a cool down. I worked to be very mindful of my wrists, keeping them straight throughout my stroke. As I kept swimming it felt more and more natural. I did a couple of stroke counts but no real change there, nor on my pace with this technique modification. I’m sure as I keep it up I’ll start to see some changes soon!