Water Running and Real Running
Real running first :-)
It was a case of white line fever today as I headed to the football oval next to the Nunawading pool. Todays session was 3 minutes walking and 2 minutes running for 20 minutes. I walked/ran along the white chalk line of the boundary, it worked out to be one lap of each for a total of 8 laps. So how far around a suburban football oval? Who knows? How long is a piece of string? I figure in my 8 minutes of running I probably covered about 1500 metres.
Again the legs felt fine, phew!
Then it was straight to pool for the water running session.
5 minute warm up
5 by 2:30 hard with 30 second easy recovery
2 minutes easy
6 by 2:30 hard with 30 second easy recovery
5 minute cool down
It was a really hard session today because I pushed it, well, I always push it but I really wanted to get the heart pumping today. I reckon if it was a track session I would have run myself into the ground. In fact I had sweat streaming into my eyes at one stage around the midpoint and there was alot of lactic.
Check this out for pure poetry in motion, I found it on Coolrunning last night. It is the final stages of a 5000mtre race in the UK at Crystal Palace in 2004, Mottram Vs Gebrselassie. Sure we have seen plenty of footage of these types of races but this one has been shot exceptionally well and the speed and power is quite breathtaking. I don’t mind admitting it is now sitting on my desktop and I have watched this a few times in the last 24 hours ;-)
Take me away to the sun
Off to the Gold Coast tomorrow morning, thank god, it is so freaking cold down here I can’t wait. Checked out Weatherzone today and it is looking like pretty fine and about 20 degrees for the next 6 days, perfect!
My sister is not bailing on the race, though my brother is looking like a DNS because he has put his back out again. So, once again, official cheer squad duties, I am so disappointed that I can’t run this one. This time last year I was heading up there to run my first ever half marathon.
There is a football oval near my brothers house so the running is taken care of for Thursday and Saturday, my sister-in-law has sussed an Aquatic Centre about 5 minutes from their place so Pool Running is taken care of as well. Looks like I will be able to keep up most of the regime while I am away, though with the 10Km on Sunday and a BBQ lunch chances are the “long run” in the pool will be scratched. Come on, I have done 5 in a row now, I am allowed one week off, am I?
Yeah, worked it out today, it has been exactly 7 weeks since my last proper run which was miserable and I had to admit I was injured. At least I had someone who can put me on the right path and get me to a decent Sports Doc, it may have been a shit day but it was the start of the recovery. I try not to dwell too much on the weeks that are passing.
At least today I broke out the proper running gear and looked and felt like a real runner again, even my legs still look fine, I was convinced my muscles were turning to mush but they seem to still be there.
Anyway, I’ll have limited internet access to the net over the next 5 days so take care and I’ll catch you when I get back.