Ran until I almost threw up (2k intervals)

The run started out fine. Well, actually I felt very energetic during the whole run in spite of the things that occured. If it hadn’t been for the two “incidents” it might have turn out to be a pretty good performance 😉

I did the 2k intervals on the streets of Alingsås. I took the round I’d like to call the round around Alingsås, because it goes around the centre of the city.

The first incident that occured was that I had to pay the woods a visit in my 90 secs of rest between 4th and 5th interval – nice and relaxing, right?

Second thing was that I had to push the lap button when it was a little more than 100 meters left of the last interval. The reason? I had so hard retchings I couldn’t go on running. I was an inch from throwing up on the street, but I didn’t luckily. Very annoying to be so close to the finish but unable to finish. Had it been a race I would have tried in spite of the retchings 😉 But I don’t know if it had been possible. It sure didn’t feel that way today 😀

I don’t know why I had the retchings really. During the last interval I had two slopes – one in the beginning and one in the end. The first one made me lose some pace, so on the second one I really pushed it just to get some back. But I actually didn’t feel like I had run totally out of energy when I had to stop. That’s what was so strange. But we have had some colds in the family the past days – maybe I have caught something. But then again, I don’t feel bad.. Don’t know really what to make out of it.

When I waddled home I practically heard my heartbeats in my head, which I usually don’t, so I must have been under stress in some way..

Detailed Garmin data

Day 3, sub 40 program – 3rd round
start with 5x2k R90 (3.55 to 4.00 per k)

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR HR aft. 90 sec Note
1 2.01 7:54.15 3:56 157 171 106
2 2.00 7:45.15 3:53 171 180 115
3 1.99 7:51.75 3:57 174 183 124
4 1.99 7:49.54 3:56 175 184 139 Forest during rest
5 1.82 7:09.01 3:56 181 190 breaking due to retching

An improvement

Analyzing this 2k compared to the last one I can see that my heart rates are lower at higher speed this time which indicates some improvement. I like that 😉

Am I giving up too easily?

I don’t know how to handle this. Todays 2k didn’t go so well. In fact I didn’t fulfill this time on a treadmill either. It nags me a lot. Am I giving up too easily?

Since I started running in 2009 I’ve only interrupted three runs and all three have been on treadmill. Most painful is that I don’t know if anything else but me is to blaim.

This time I know that I had the correct km/h speed. I was going to run 5 x 2k with 90 secs of rest in between. TheEd (trainer) had told me to aim for 4:10 min/km. Converted to speed that is 14.4 km/h.

How things turned out when running

I got there and started running. It felt very fast. During the first 90 seconds of rest I felt quite exhausted. On the 2nd lap I slowed the speed on the treadmill a little. When looking at the Garmin it still said 3:44 as pace. On the 2nd rest I felt even more fatigued. On the 3rd lap of running I slowed down to 12.7 km/h. That was what the Garmin thought of as 4:09. Only after a couple of minutes the stomach started messing with me. After a little more than 6 minutes I had to run to powder my nose. When I got back three minutes later I gave up and went home…

On the way home in the car my thoughts were only focused on my failure…

Either I have got very slow and weak during the build up, or something is seriously wrong with the treadmill. But I can’t imagine that it would be that out of calibration. :S

Last time I ran a 10k time trial was 27th November – if the Garmin watch wasn’t completely insane I ran it at 38:37. It would feel very bad for me if my fitness have gone down that much in six weeks.

Mentally the last two failed faster runs is a little hard on me. I’m not used to this. Not completing. Usually it’s not even a part of my vocabulary. But trust me, this doesn’t mean I will let myself be forced into negative thoughts – I will never give up.

It’s might be troublesome and tiresome, but in the end I know these things only makes me more determined to get back to the chase again. I think that I need to run outside on the next couple of paced runs. And when the snow gets away I will visit Mjörnvallen – our local outside arena here in Alingsås..

Actually I’m always like this when my achievement isn’t good enough. At first I think, think, think. And while doing that I’m very hard on myself. But later on, or even just a couple of moments after, I’m back in, most of the times even more determined to succeed.. Stubborn, some might say (read wife :))

But, but.. Something needs to be done with my stomach – It can’t continue this way. Today I can’t think of anything that would cause that kind of stress to it. All I’ve eaten has been kind-to-digestion food. Need to give that doctor a call..

Over and out

Detailed Garmin data

Note the differ with the Garmin values which are written within parentheses

Day 3, sub 40 program
Start with 5x2k R90 8min 20 (4.10 per k)

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR MinHR
1 2 (2.30) 8:41 4:20 (3:47) 166 184
Rest 1:30 107
2 2 (2.37) 9:00 4:30 (3:48) 177 191
Rest 1:30 147
3 ? (1.32) 5:28 ? (4:09) 175 186
Rest 1:30 168

Now when looking at the data, I am more sure – there’s obviously something that isn’t quite right with the treadmill. I know some of my paces pretty well, and on lap 2 there’s no way I ran at 4:30. 4:30 was a pace I used to do my aerobic runs at, when aiming for a heart rate at around 155. And that was last summer. Well, well.. 😉

But then again, I’m not sure about anything right now at the moment. Need to sort things out a little. But it’s still strange that I do feel stronger than ever! 😀