Saturday 17.03.2017 – 10.2 km moderate in 47.53 (4:38 pace)
Sunday 18.03.2017 – 2.9 km jokingly slow in 17.06 (5:59 pace)
175d | 1h | 28m | 03s to go until the European Championships in Wroclaw, Poland.
My first week is history now, only single day running, not too fast, the main emphasis was just getting back into it again. I totalled 45.7 km for the week resulting from 7 runs in 7 days. Generally my legs and body took it well, only the normal general soreness which got subsided from day to day which I owe basically to post-run stretching and my evening recovery shakes. 25 more weeks to go until D-Day, show time in Wroclaw. My last marathon was in 1998, and that was at the end of an Ironman. I can’t even remember when my last stand alone marathon was, but it was definitely over 25 years ago. All I can remember is that running marathons hurts.
Saturday’s run was not so easy. It was a hilly run, it was very windy and rainy to boot. Spring seemed to have only stayed here for about 3 days last week meaning my joy of running in shorts and t-shirt was very short lived.. My coach told me to run a little faster than the day before, which I did by about 7 minutes per kilometer. But my body didn’t like it at all, my pulse was way up in the clouds again, so high in fact that I feel too ashamed to write my average pulse down here. I still have my coughing fits after the run, it is taking a long time to get my lungs cleared out again after the bronchitis 😦 —–> too slow!
Sunday is usually a day of rest. It is the Kenyan way. Sunday is church day and there is no running on church day. My coach told me it is the day where the body is spiritually and physically recharged. Well I myself am not a church goer and my coach told me if I really need to go out and run then just jog very slowly for 15 to 20 minutes, which is exactly what I did. I went to our track in Billerbeck and ran easily around the track for 17 minutes. I took Rudisha (my Rhodesian Ridgeback) with me so that he can slowly learn to run beside me. Generally it worked out okay, he will slowly learn, he is almost 6 months old now, so he is not really allowed to run too much as his bones are still growing, and apparently if they run too much in their early life, especially the first year, they run the risk of getting arthritis later on in life. After the run I took a long hot bath with Epsom salts and then used the Black Roll on my legs afterwards.
Our sports stadium in Billerbeck:
Instead of writing a daily report I will probably write once or twice a week from now on, or it will get too boring.