Monday, July 27, 2015

Training log - Week ending 7/26/2015

This week was 70 miles of running, 11 "miles" of pool-running and 4000 yards of swimming  -- training log is here.

Not the greatest week.   Tuesday's planned workout got cut short due to horrible humidity and heat (no argument here).  The weather was better later in the week, and I had a solid hill workout, but then I didn't feel great for Sunday's long run, pulling the plug when I started to feel like I was straining.  I hate pulling the plug on hard runs, but I gain nothing by running myself into the ground.  I've also got some sinus pain, and mild head-spinning symptoms when at rest (weirdly, I only notice the head-spinning when I'm NOT running). 

There's several potential causes here - the humidity is one possible cause; others include not getting enough fluids, not eating enough, overtraining, fighting off a bug, or allergies.  I'm suspecting it's one of the last two - I know of at least one other friend who's been fighting allergy symptoms this week, and head spinning/ dry sinuses are often allergy symptoms for me.  OTOH, Brian had a few days of sinus issues, so it may be a bug that he's given me.

Regardless of what the cause is, the best first response is rest, eating well, and drinking a ton of fluids. Can't hurt, especially since I'm between training cycles, and there's no need to push stuff if I'm not struggling.   So that's my plan for this coming Monday, at least, and then I'll see how I feel.


Monday:   Yoga, some upperbody strengthwork and injury prevention work, and 5 "miles" easy pool-running in the morning; 2 "miles" easy pool-running and foam rolling at night.

Tuesday:  11 miles, including a workout that was supposed to be 2x2 miles with 3 minutes recovery.  Modified to 2 miles, 8 minute recovery, 1 mile (7:10/6:37, and then 6:36)  followed by some injury prevention work and 1750 yards easy swimming.  Foam rolling in evening.

Wednesday: 5.5 miles very easy (9:51), followed by a yoga class and then another 8 miles very easy (9:03), followed by drills and 6 hill sprints.   Foam rolling in afternoon, plus 2 "miles" easy pool-running.

Thursday:   5.5 miles very easy (9:23), followed by a yoga class.  Later, another 3 miles very easy (9:08) with drills and 4 strides, and some upperbody strengthwork and injury prevention work,.  Foam rolling at night.

Friday:  12.5 miles, including eight hill repeats.   Followed with some injury prevention work and 1750 yards easy swimming.    Sports massage at night.

Saturday:  10 miles very easy (9:26) plus drills and two strides, followed by upper body strengthwork/injury prevention work and foam rolling.  2 "miles" easy pool-running in the afternoon.

Sunday:  14 miles progressive, split as first 5 at 8:51, next 5 at 7:45, last 4 at 7:21 (but with a 2:00 break halfway in the final part).   Followed with some injury prevention work and a yoga class.  500 yards easy swimming and foam rolling in the afternoon.

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