“Another day, another half-marathon,” that pretty much seems to be my new creed as I have finished day 3 of the seventh week of base training. Now all I need to do is survive another three and a half!
Despite the niggling worries about what is going on in my foot (thankfully stable as it seems), week seven has been good to me. I finished week six on a strong note knocking another two seconds off my kilometre pace on the Out and Back workout. The week had reduced volume compared to the five previous but still ended up over one hundred kilometres which shows just how much the goal-posts move year on year.
A lot of work remains to be done, I keep working with Medfit and John and our goal is simple: “Strengthen my body until it can survive one hundred mile weeks on a regular basis far into the future.” For now, the goal is simply to take all of the intermediate steps in between while becoming a better racer.
My Sunday was brightened by same company as I joined Jason and Richie, my fellow Crusaders, for the Sunday long run. This meant travelling North to Tymon Park but it was well worth it as time breezed away. Despite our chatter, the run was both longer and faster than any long run so far, so progress continued on this front too.
Monday I had to scale back a bit as my extensor seemed a bit more sore, so I split my aerobic run into two relatively short runs and stayed on plan without irritating the foot.
I know the Tuesday and Thursday medium-long runs are more valuable so my priority was to be in fighting shape for each of them. The Tuesday run is always slightly shorter than the Tuesday run, yet I am always a bit faster on Thursdays because I have had more days to recover from the long run. This bodes well for Thursday for this time I took four full seconds off the last Tuesday workouts pace and passed by the half-marathon distance a good thirty seconds clear of my Achill Half-Marathon time from 2007.
Afterwards my lower shin felt like there was a big swollen bulb in it, something that occurred after one long run as well (it went away in two days). There’s definitely a bit of inflammation moving around the left leg, but so far my efforts seem to manage it and with an easy fartlek tomorrow I hope to be ready for another good 23-24km on Thursday.
I remain grateful that I had the foresight to book myself back into the Laser Clinic for March, though, as I think a few blasts of the laser will be welcome after these challenging but enjoyable weeks. They are the toughest ten weeks of the entire Lydiard program but once they are done you are very close to arriving on the safe shores of the competitive season unscathed.