Not quite the 4k time trial I had hoped for

I’m onto something new. The past couple of days I have started charting all the things I stuff into myself. I weigh it and I calculate it and I also put it into a homepage (Swedish unfortunately, but there must be something similar internationally) where all the fats, proteins and carbohydrates gets counted. There I also fill in my personal data – gender, age, weight, height – and what I normally do each day and for how long I do it. I can also choose if I want to remain at the same weight, increase or decrease it. One last thing is to also write in how I want to divide every days Kcal intake. The ideal for a distance runner is Protein 15%, Carbohydrates 60% and Fat 25%. Then, at every day it shows how much I’ve taken in of each of these and how high the goal is.

For a control freak like me it’s pretty neat! If not to control the weight, so for the joy of knowing how much and what exactly you stuff yourself with. It has a link to the Swedish food department (Livsmedelsverket), so you can also get stats of all ingredients other than the three accounted for above.

Todays 4k time trial started out great. It was -8 degrees and rougher in the air than what I’m recently used too, but I felt strong, ready and able. I went out.. And after 2k’s my system said no (the digestion problem).. But I persisted and continued the whole way, even though the rest was a total plague and at many points I thought it was going to end really really bad during the last kilometer. On the way home I had to stop and walk several times to struggle against it (noticeable on the garmin data, I believe) – it all felt very humiliating. Good thing it was dark outside :S

In spite of that “trouble” I am satisfied with my time trial, because I felt during it that I could have done much better in other circumstances. That feels promising and relieving actually as I might run my first race next Saturday – not totally sure yet about it. But if i do I really hope that I won’t suffer from the same thing as today. 😉

Detailed Garmin data

Day 19, sub 40 program – 2nd round
Race day up to 15K , 4k time trial

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR Cadence
1 1.00 3:49:42 3:49 159 171 93
2 1.00 3:57:85 3:57 171 175 94
3 1.02 3:59.13 3:56 177 183 94
4 0.98 3:46.93 3:52 181 185 94
TOTAL 4.00 15:33.33 3:53 172 185 94

4 thoughts on “Not quite the 4k time trial I had hoped for”

  1. I agree, it is interesting to record one’s food intake and to see if one is getting all the necessary nutrients. I did it for a little while, too.

    Nice session! And, I am sure we will get a whole lot faster once we are able to get rid off all the extra layers of clothing, once the air is warmer and easier to breathe .. and the surface is 100% ice and snow free!

    1. Yes, I have come to realise I having control over my food intake. It’s very useful to know what minerals and vitamins you do and don’t get suffient amounts of. As a runner, for example, I’ve realised it’s vital to get at least 1000 to 1300 mg of Calcium per day to avoid stress fractures over time. 😉

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