Leading up to the Sherman Cup scratch XC race on Saturday I’m looking to get two key training runs in and continue on my good form from Cramlington.
In general I’m looking to up the mileage a little with extra emphasis on threshold running.
For the race on Saturday I’ll be looking for a really good hard run and see how I stack up in the field.
Week 10 diary
Plan – 45 min threshold
Signed up for coaching with Dave Tune at Blizard Physio. I’m excited about what this chapter in my running brings.
Decided on the route around Fenham and Town Moor. Got into it nicely. Cardio wise I’m feeling very strong. Legs feel a bit like glass sticks though and the main thing holding me back.
Did 6.2 miles in just over 40mins averaging only 171bpm (~84% max HR) which is well below top end threshold (183-185).
Rest day tomorrow and get some R&R on this right leg peroneal muscle which is flaring up again. Had the same last year and dealt with it with stretching and foam rollering.
Plan – rest
Plan – 30 min threshold
Went for a cross country session and after a 5min warm up was thinking I might revert to an easy run. In the end got on with it.
There’s something about cross country threshold running that’s tough. I would say 30min on grass is harder than 45mins on the roads.
In the end I got over the hump. Whether right or wrong I often tick off runs as I’m going through them. So at 10mins I was a third through, 20mins 2 thirds through etc. It helps me get it done.
At the minute the only thing holding me back is my legs! I know this sounds ludicrous! But my legs feel unresponsive and weak, prone to injury. It’s mainly the peroneal muscle on the right leg. I had the same issue last year and I’m hopeful of dealing with it whilst still making further progress.
Plan – rest
Plan – easy run
Right leg still causing problems. Sherman Cup looking unlikely, more interested in long term than risking a more serious injury. Will decide in the morning.
Plan – Sherman Cup
My mind had been made up not to run today. Just didn’t want to risk a proper injury.
Instead I cycled down to my local gym and did 40mins in there before getting in the steam room to massage my leg.
It’s already starting to loosen off and I’ve got that on the mend feeling so I’m hopeful of being able to get back to some running next week.
In the meantime I’ve been writing my next goal down to go on the fridge.
This is the big one and I’ve pulled it forward ahead of target to bring it more into focus.
This one really means a lot to me…
Plan – rest
Running – 12.5 miles
Cycling – 20 miles
Pushed on a little hard too soon and paid the price. Not to worry it happens and looking forward to full recovery and starting my training plan with Dave Tune as coach! Exciting times ahead.