10k Sub 60, Week 3 – I forgot what kind of effect the sun has

Just in case there’s any confusion, the subtitles here are obviously the week of the schedule and then the day of the schedule as well. There’s no day 15 in a seven day week. But it’s day 15 overall.

Week 3. Day 15.

Argh! And indeed, I repeat ARGH! Today’s workout was a daunting one – taking on 8km when my best so far has been not quite 6.5km. It was tipping it down with rain too, but I felt pretty good when I headed out.

About halfway through the average pace seemed to go all weird, dropping massively. I figured that it would shake itself out, but it didn’t. Turns out the GPS had got completely lost. Maybe it was because of the rain? I don’t know. I kept on going, because it felt like the distance was in the right vicinity, but afterwards I discovered it was not.

When I got back home, I went into the activity on Runkeeper and edited the map to reflect reality – so that it didn’t think I had been running through the middle of people’s gardens and across streams.

I was severely disappointed to find that I’d run an entire kilometre less than I was meant to. I really felt like I could have gone on further and hit that target, but I had no way of knowing how far I’d gone. The corrected average pace here may not be entirely accurate, but is certainly more believable than the 8:02 it was telling me halfway through.

I hope this is just a blip and not something that’s going to be repeated. Else I’ll have to look into replacing the Android.

Week 3. Day 17.

Some more intervals this time out, but they took me by surprise. I thought I’d got to the end of the run then bam: 20 seconds fast. Oh, alright then.

Not a great run overall. I can’t blame it on anything, it wasn’t going particularly well from the start. Although I did have to pass some more annoying little boys with big mouths, which was quite distracting. It may have spurred me on to run a bit faster, although it was at the uphill bit which didn’t exactly help.

Roll on the next one.

Week 3. Day 19.

Wow. This could be the worst run ever.

It was hot. What with all this rain and wind we’ve had, I forgot what kind of effect the sun has on the out of doors. If I’d thought about it, I wouldn’t have gone out till later. Since I was going slow anyway, I figured I could try out a new route for the longer distances that are coming up. Got a bit lost.

That massive spike you see? That’s where I pressed the pause button so I could cross a busy road but it didn’t actually pause. Damn it. My average time was ruined from being stationary for so long, but it makes no odds. It was never going to be a good one.

I also developed a real pain in my thigh in the last couple of kilometres. It felt more like a trapped nerve than a muscle kind of pain – the way it was shooting down into my leg – but not as excruciating as trapped nerves can be.

When I first got in, I was really disheartened, but after a shower and a rest, it’s not so bad. The only tough thing with doing a class like this is there’s no real time for a do-over. I spend most of the time a day behind anyway, because I haven’t been able to run on Sundays.

So, assuming my leg is okay, tomorrow is a short run with an interval extension on the end. I’ll probably take it easy.

Week 3. Day 21.

I had to take a couple of days off to rest up my leg. I’m sure it is muscle-related, and the way I was limping around the house, Mr C wouldn’t have let me out even if I wanted to. So, I took a couple of days, and as I did so, developed a wicked sore throat and cold. I’m loathe to complain about colds because they’re nothing like what I had in January, but still, it kept me inside for even longer.

It seems fitting, considering I had just written that there is no time to get behind on this programme, that I suddenly found myself a week behind. Finally, seven days after my last run, I managed to get back out of the house.

Not particularly good. That spike in the middle is where I had to pause to walk up a hill. I was out of energy, even though I’ve run that hill many times before. Towards the end of the run my thigh was starting to ache again, despite the fact that it’s been fine all week, so I had to pause for a second time.

I got to the end of the run but it wasn’t fun. The past fortnight has really knocked the stuffing out of me. I’ve been left thinking, why am I doing this? Is it even fun? (Having blogged it all really helps with this one!) My body shape seems to stop me running fast, but running slow makes little dent on my body shape. I’ve taken a massive step in the wrong direction, and now I don’t know if I have the motivation to bounce back again.

4 thoughts on “10k Sub 60, Week 3 – I forgot what kind of effect the sun has

  1. Wow. You actually did really well this week, all things considered. I went for a run in the heat too and it was insane – it does feel so much harder.

    If your goal is 10k then you are well on the way – we all have massive setbacks, but I don’t think this is supposed to be easy.

    However I would suggest that you need to change or adjust something if you want to improve and this is the hardest part. I was also getting massive crippling pains in my lower back – to the point where it wasn’t fun and it made me want to stop. By accident I started doing situps in the morning (for reasons of vanity more than anything – I wanted to make my beer belly a little smaller) and discovered that it was actually strengthening my back to the point where the pains have almost disappeared. Straight away I ran quicker. Then I was encouraged to try Intervals and take fish oil supplements (which are good for the joints). Finally I have adjusted my sleep patterns so I have more energy. All of these are small changes that have enabled me to run better.

    I also wonder if you are running too much? When I first started out I tried running every other day and got worse. My mate Andy (who was helping me get to 5k) suggested I run less, because I wasn’t giving my body enough time to recover. I just worry that by following this program that you aren’t giving yourself time to recover properly. Remember we are all different shapes and sizes and you will get to 10k – but maybe you might have to go your own way rather than rigidly follow a course without a personal trainer or buddy who knows you well enough to give you the correct advice.

    Sorry if this seems out of place suggesting all the above, but I’ve been in your position and know how it feels. Don’t give up, you are doing great!

  2. Thanks Gavin, it’s not out of place at all. You might be right about running too much. I think now that I’ve missed a few of the runs and the world didn’t explode, I’m less concerned about missing one here or there. I know that you get 20 days once the class is finished to catch up any runs before they drop off your account, but even then… so what if they do?

    I can certainly try something like situps. I recently found an awesome bunch of apps that have a similar programme style to Couch to 5K, but they are for getting to 200 situps or 100 pushups and things like that. I can’t do pushups, but I can do situps. That could help. I tried out a yoga app too, I should do that more.

    I’m sure I won’t give up running, it’s the only exercise I’ve ever found that I haven’t abandoned after two attempts. It’s just a hard week, probably the lowest I’ve been since I restarted in February.

    I really appreciate the support though. I’m so glad I blog this. Not only is it great to look back on, but it’s good to know you’re not alone 🙂

  3. Christine, don’t suppose you have had any further thoughts about joing a club? Some really are ok. Either way I recommend doing regular interval training as well as your normal runs. So everyone at my club tells me its the interval training combined with getting the mileage in that makes you improve. When and where is your 10km race, how many times are you running on average per week. (Sorry I am reading on my mobile and can only see as far back as day 15).

    On a different note if you regularlly have probs recording your runs you should consider a Garmin GPS watch which start from circa £100 but go up to circa £300 for all ringing all dancing with heart rate monitor.

    On a related note I am actually on the way home to help marshal a 5 mile race my club is running tonight. I was however on the treadmill this morning at 05:30 getting some miles in: did 10km @ 1% incline for first 9km @ 15.5km/hr and then last 1km 1.5% incline @ 16km/hr.

    Hope the above wasn’t too boring!

  4. Wow sounds like a tough week.

    Your doing great, and laying it all bare on the blog is a big step. I don’t write about my running too much and when I do it is skewed towards the achievements.

    What is your ultimate goal? To run 10km? To change body shape? Or to become faster?

    I agree with Gavin that mixing things up a bit are good. Core exercises are good, but situps aren’t the only ones you can do. If you want advice on anything specific let me know and I’ll try and help from my limited experience.

    Don’t give up!

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