The latter half of the week saw me upping the distance in the pool and on the road after hopefully shaking off the last of my virus.
On Thursday I hit the pool twice, swimming 3000m ( 200 lengths ) in the morning in 56 minutes, and then after work I went swimming again with Em. That time I swam 1500m at a leisurely 30 min pace. Then the best bit I chilled out in the jacuzzi.
Friday morning I was in the pool at 7am again swimming another 3000m, although this time I was two minutes slower than the day before, still good though that I’m feeling comfortable when I’m finishing. Last year at the steelman I swam 2000m in 50 minutes and felt dizzy and sick when I left the lake and felt backwards into it…….so I’ve definitely improved !!
Saturday we went up the lakes with my mam and dad, Keswick and Ambleside. Great day out and I did some serious drooling over the carbon bikes in the shop at Ambleside……oh well I can dream. We got back at 5;30 and I decided to head out for my long run as the forecast for Sunday was horrendous. Got all my winter gear on and plugged into my mp3 player, got a great playlist of about 150 songs from the 80’s – kept me going.
Headed out along the beach and ended up running three loops around the island. I got battered by the wind and by the third lap I cut the run along Biggar Bank short and headed in land because the wind coming off the Irish Sea was impossible to run in. I was running well and was consiously trying to run steady, easy and comfortable. I took a gel at 10 miles and felt comfortable.
I had planned to do 20 miles if I felt ok ( bearing in mind I’d suffered with a virus this week ) but by 17 miles I started to run out of steam, all I could think about was water, I was starting to day dream about water, how good it would taste. I gulped down another gel but 200m later I came to a complete stop. My brain told my legs to stop before I fell over. I’d done 18 miles and was on the corner of Black Butts lane about 200m from home, I got my breath and just jogged home. Next week when I go long I’ll be carrying water with me, I’m sure IF I’d hydrated properly I would have been fine. It won’t be a mistake I make again.
Considering I was running steady I was really pleased with 18.2 miles in 2:33:15 at an avaerage HR of 151. I think that probably equates to about a 3:55 marathon…..and I would be pleased with that in Hamburg, hopefully though I can improve on it.
My legs seem to have recovered well, rested on sunday and so far today I’ve done a gentle recovery swim of 800m just to loosen up the legs, and then got the jacuzzi jets on them. Hopefully get about 4 miles recovery run in tonight, depends on the weather.