Adding things up, also the Doctor’s visit

Today I went for the 1k intervals on the 2nd round of sub 40 program. It has been a very beautiful day, not very much unlike the earliest springdays we have in Sweden – but it’s much too early for spring yet πŸ˜‰ Anyway, like all bright spring days, there were also a wind. Today it was meaner than before too, with lots of gusts attacking when you least expected. It made some of the 1k sessions very hard. Every second I had a head wind, but some were worse than others.

I also manage to screw things up with the laps. Somehow my jacket managed to push the start/stop button at two times.. The first was on the 4th lap. Unfortunately I didn’t realise it until after the lap when I saw the frozen time – but I got the most data from the lap, so I’ll just add the lost time from the pace I run at earlier on that. The other was the 5th – but then I only lost 1 or 2 second, so I’ll add that too πŸ˜€

Overall the sessions went well in spite of the wind. I don’t know if I’m supposed to push myself to maintain the correct pace in head wind – it do offer a much higher intensity then that might actually be unwanted. But then again, it mirrors reality in races, where unexpected winds can give you a very tough time.

As usual I did the interval excercise in the following order:

  • Warm up for some time
  • Stretching
  • 1k Sessions (Back and forth at a measured sidewalk close to work)
  • Cool down back
  • Stretching

You know the strain in the back of the leg I talked about in my earlier post – yesterday I think it was – It doesn’t bother me at all in my running. I can’t even remember how or when I got it. Maybe it’s not related to running at all. Or.. It might affect the running but just doesn’t hurt. Strange.. I do feel it when I walk. But it’s not especially bad – just a tiny touch of strain. Hopefully not much to bash my head for.

Yeah, today I also had a Doctor’s appointment for my digestion issues – Yep, still have them. They will do a complete test of me to analyze what’s the cause. But he didn’t believe in lactose intolerance or gluten allergy. Maybe some digestion bacteria or just that my body doesn’t cope well with my whole food change last year. Wouldn’t that be great! Don’t eat healthy, you might get problems..

Garmin data from yesterday (Interested in messing Garmin device? Have a look at my first minutes – it’s on plain ground :D)

Garmin data from today

Day 8, sub 40 program2nd round
start with 6x1k R60 3min 45 to 3min50

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR HR After 60 sec rest
1 0.997 3:53 3:54 162 175 126
2 1.01 3:55 3:52 171 181 126
3 1.02 3:42 3:39 174 183 128
4 1.00 3:46 3:46 175 188 129
5 1.00 3:47 3:47 176 186 136
6 1.01 3:52 3:49 181 191 138

Ps. We’re soon a week over time with the childbirth (last Thursday it was supposed to come), and tomorrow we’re going to see if everything is fine, if it’s still growing as it should, or they might start the process then.. So.. Maybe tomorrow I’ll be a dad once more πŸ˜‰

Just missed the sleet

Today I had another very, very easy run. The past few days I’ve felt another little indication. A little strain in the back of the right thigh. I don’t think it’s anything bad, but I don’t want to push my luck, so going out hard is out of the question. Therefore I kept myself at a heart rate below 130.. And I also luckily managed to miss the sleet falling down now as I type this πŸ˜‰

But it was hard to keep the heart rate below 130 in the beginning of the run.. On plain ground and at a pace between 5:00 and 6:00 I evidently had a heart rate that went beyond my max heart rate.. Over 200.. And it held itself between 160 and 180 during the first 5 minutes or something. In other words – The Garmin went bananas today again… I wonder how long it will take before it reaches the trash… I can’t help it, but I really want it to work as it should. So I keep giving it second chances.. Maybe it’s time to give the Garmin people a call πŸ™‚ But what good would that do? It’s out of warranty.

No Garmin data yet, but I will update with it later today πŸ™‚

Day 7, 2nd sub 40 10k round
10k easy

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR AvgCadence
1 10.00 58:58 5:54 133 203 90

Reading about something seem to make it come true

Funny thing.. At Monday I read an article at www.time-to-run.com about discomforts related to running. One of them was about chafing. In the end of that article there were a lot of talk about chafed nipples and how to avoid it. I thought to myself boy, I’m glad I’ve never had to deal with that, seems painful.. Guess what? Chafed nipples..

Like yesterday it has been raining most of the day. The time for running my 1 hour run was no exception. But today the rain was different. It was the kind with tiny drops whipping in the face and almost felt a little sticky.. And it also seemed to find it’s way inside the clothes for some reason.. That’s the reason for the chafed nipples. After half the run I felt the pain coming. By then I didn’t know it was that. Instead I thought some chest hair had got stuck under the heart rate monitor which pulled it. But when I tried to adjust it to relieve from pain, I realised that was not the cause..

By the time I got home they were very sore and tender – showering was a punishment. I thought about patching them the next time, but that would mean I have to shave the area around them too – nice, huh?! :S

What is a runner supposed to do?

My very lovely and understanding wife only said – now maybe you can understand a little what it’s like to nurse a baby when the nipple has become an open wound.. Ouch! To be honest, I still can’t.. And maybe don’t want it either. And I’m very, very grateful I don’t have to πŸ˜€

A big commendation to all the breastfeeding women all over the world!

Detailed Garmin data

Day 2, 2nd sub 40 10k round
1 hr easy

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR AvgCadence
1 10.66 1:01.03 5:44 135 148 93

When digestion has become an obstacle in the running

I’ve since quite long had a problem with the digestion when running. More than half of the times I run for more than 3o minutes I need to throw myself into the woods or hope to find a stationary one (you know what I mean :)) It wasn’t that bad in the beginning, it feels more like it has evolved into something worse over time. And I always do visit the toilet before going running.

I’ve tried to analyze myself to figure out the root cause and the things I come up with is:

  • It doesn’t matter how long since I had a meal
  • Type of food doesn’t seem to change things a lot either
  • A visit to the toilet before running won’t change anything
  • Time of day to exercise isn’t the cause

Today I even couldn’t complete my training. I was close to the end and some 10-15 minutes before or so it had started out as usual with discomfort in the system that I needed to keep back. Then suddenly, I couldn’t take a step more.. I don’t want to get into any details, but “shit!” could work to describe it a little. I just stood still and hoped that I would be able to hold back so thatΒ  my coworkers didn’t have to come pick me up and take me back to the office in a wheelbarrow or something alike. Luckily I survived through it without any accident πŸ˜‰

After that I decided that I now need to speak to and maybe book time with a doctor. This can’t be normal. I know that many runners experience problematic digestion and other stomach discomforts, but it shouldn’t be such a big obstacle in the training you need to feel worried about it at almost every run.

Sorry if I make you uneasy, but this has become such a big problem in my running I wanted to share it with you all.. It’s not to punish you, only because I like you for wanting to read about me and want to enlighten you as a reward πŸ˜‰

Detailed Garmin data

Day 18, build up (Not completed as you can see in lap 9 and 10)
warm up then 5 x 8min paced at 75% effort with 2 min easy in-between

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Min HR
1 1.82 08:00 4:24 156 165
2 0.331 02:00 6:01 141 160 131
3 1.75 08:00 4:34 161 178
4 0.343 02:00 5:49 149 162 141
5 1.70 08:00 4:42 162 177
6 0.333 02:00 6:00 150 163 144
7 1.64 08:00 4:53 163 174
8 0.332 02:00 6:01 153 163 148
9 1.1 05:24 4:55 162 170
10 0.376 02:17 6:06 150 165 147

Soft on my knees, but I might need to strap myself up a little harder

It snowed all night and most of the day too. Made a soft and nice coating on today’s run. I still feel something in my left knee at some of my runs (don’t really know why, but I try to work it away with my strength training), which hopefully got a little better caring today when the ground was soft as wool πŸ™‚

One thing that nagged me though, was that my Garmin was playing games with me again. It was ok most of the run, but during the end it started dancing around again :S

You know that when your heart rate start jumping 5-10 beats up and down at a time while keeping a steady pace, it’s either time to see a doctor (or maybe a Shaman) or your gear is trying to make you nuts for some reason.

It seems it usually happens when it’s around 0 degrees outside.. Might be a coincidence. Another thing might be that I strap the heart rate monitor too loose, because when I pressed it against my chest today it got much better immediately.. I’ll try to strap me up a little harder in the future πŸ˜€

About the time trial on Saturday I’ve been adviced by TheEd to do it on a treadmill instead of slippery surface. Don’t know how to lay it up yet, but… Maybe to start out at 3:40 the first km and then try to increase.. Well, we’ll see about that πŸ˜‰

Day 15, 2nd build up
1hr easy and totally relaxed – at ease through out

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Avg Cadence
1 10.99 1:04:40 5:53 133 164 89

PS. Today I bought a new Olympus system camera, which hopefully will be put in use soon so that I’ll get some more photos up here.

A long relaxing lunchtime run

During lunchtime today I took a long run of 77 minutes. It was the time on feet run of day 14, build up. It felt very nice. After a while the legs just go by themselves. No need to force them forward. Nice.

My left knee still hurts a little, though. I think it’s mostly when I flex it out after the bounce off. Trying to do some quadraceps exercises sometimes, but I have been a little weak on that lately.

Day 14, build up
75min easy and totally relaxed – time on feet

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Cadence
1 13.10 1:17 5:54 130 140 89

On the road again

So.. I made a post last week that accidentally was erased. It was a long and boring post about me not training because of the little pain in the left knee. πŸ™‚

Anyway, to keep it short I didn’t train for 3 days. The first was because of the pain, second because the program said rest and the third because me and my wife were on a small weekend vacation to Stockholm and I’d rather keep the family peace πŸ˜‰

So on Sunday I started again. I was supposed to run for 75 minutes, but I thought I’d better be smart and not exaggerate, so I kept it a little shorter and ran for only 60 minutes. I also let the legs decide the pace.

After the running I also did some forward lunges and squats. I’ve read that the kind of knee pain I have can be because the quadraceps isn’t enough supportive. I don’t think I have a problem with that, but better being safe than sorry… Another reason could be me increasing the mileage a lot when starting the build up program.

On monday (day 7 of build up) I joined at the floor ball training. Yesterday I had to regret that since I had many unnecessarily sore muscles :S. I ran anyway, but I felt I needed to keep myself back a little so that I could recover fully.

Day 6

Distance: 12.09
Time: 1:00:01
Avg pace: 4:58
Avg HR: 149
Avg cadence: 90

Day 8

Distance: 12.03
Time: 1:00:01
Avg pace: 4:59
Avg HR: 152
Avg cadence: 90