August 27th, Saturday , 11:00 p.m.
Kind of in a conundrum right now. Not sure what’s going on with my body. I have been having lots of aches throughout my shoulders and back. My calves are feeling a little sketchy. And my quadriceps are just totally sore. They are sore to movement, sore to the touch, and especially tender on the outside along the side of my leg. This is something I’ve never experienced. So, I have these two races coming up in the next couple of weeks. One is on Sunday at Hillsborough. That is a 5k which is just out of respect for Jason and his family, but I would like to have a reasonable performance. The second is two weeks later at which I would like to qualify for the senior Nationals. And why do I want to qualify for the senior Nationals? To my mind it gives me a goal to train for in the next 9 months and a reason to take a road trip to Alabama in June. So I have to get through this 5K on Sunday and then be sure I am fit and uninjured to run the New Jersey Senior Games in two weeks. In this quest, and out of an abundance of caution, I have decided to simply rest for 3 days prior to Sunday’s 5K. I am not very happy with the idea of taking 3 days off, but the unusual soreness and my quadriceps has led me to this decision. I have been heating and massaging quadriceps for the last 2 days and the soreness is decreasing but still present. I have tomorrow to continue to deal I guess. Then we will see what happens on Sunday and make plans going forward.
I-Mad – 0 😊
A.m.HR – 54BPM ☺
Sleep – 7.5 hours😐
Weight – 153# 😊
Workout – 00000000000000 for 2 days!!!!!!!😡
I-Mad – 0
A.m.HR – 50BPM – Low
Sleep – 8.5 hours
Weight – 150# after run Down 6# in 4 days, Mega veggies!
Workout – 5 exhausting miles in 59:39
Watch Peter Snell in 1964 1500 meter final blow the field away. This reminds me of exactly how Centrowitz did it Saturday night. I read Arthur lydiard’s article every year on how he trained Peter Snell to win in 1964. If you can get to 300 meters without fatigue, the fastest runner in the race be the winner. Matt controlled the race until the final lap, and he was the fastest man out there. Brilliant strategy!
Watch Matt; An authentic American running hero!
I approached Clayton Park’s hilly and root-covered trails with trepidation on a steamy Saturday morning. I had only managed to get about five and a half hours sleep Friday night. My legs were feeling heavy and I had tweaked a little muscle in my lower back. I think I overdid some core work which left me vulnerable. After procrastinating for about 20 minutes, I cautiously entered the trails. My back would feel a little twinge when I traversed the uneven parts of the trail, and I was forced to basically walk going down the steep sections. I tried to take advantage of the up-hills and get a little work. After about 20 minutes of this , I exited the trails and headed for the open, flat fields. About this time the boys were returning from their run, and I joined them for their post run 150 meter pickups. I was able to run comfortably and at full stride with some pick up as I did the 150’s. Doing this also got my heart rate up to where I was hoping to reach . It turns out I did 52 minutes in motion, which was much better than I expected. At home I had coffee, a fruit salad, chocolate milk and a ham and egg sandwich on a hard roll. Yummy! It was a good tired feeling all day.
Stats seemed a little off for the last couple of days. My weight was up to 156# for the first time in a few months. My heart rate seems lower than normal down around 150 beats per minute. I wasn’t getting a lot of rest at night. My body seems to be more achy than usual, and my motivation to run was uncharacteristically low. It seems that the extremely hot weather has dimmed my desire to get out and do some serious work.
Looking for some speed work today, I headed out to a grassy straightaway in the neighborhood. I ran 10 X 100 meter pickups with about 1 minute rest. It was pretty hot, but the air was breathable. The total run, out and back, was 40 minutes. Positive day with legs feeling strong.
I-Mad – 1
Am HR – 54BPM
Sleep – 9 hours
Weight – 152#
Workout – 40 mins ₩ 10 ×100m
At XC practice tonight at Ocean County Park the air was so heavy it took me almost an hour to begin to even jog. It was going to be an easy, recovery day anyhow, but it was even less than planned. I finished up moving for about 15 minutes doing 50 stride pickups and walking in between. The surprising thing was that my legs felt quite good after last night’s interval work. The problem was getting air into my lungs in that extremely humid condition.
Good Stats today.