Running update – ups and downs

So, I think it’s time for a little update in the running area 😉

Past week I’ve been doing the first week in the sub 40 program. Honestly I’ve felt very tired in the body for some reason. The legs have felt heavy and I’ve lacked energy. Also I’ve lacked a little in the motivation to go out running at all.

I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel like I do much progress. Coach always tells me that I shouldn’t question the program and I don’t – I question my own ability. Maybe this is also an effect of all the downs we’ve had in the family lately. When lots of tiny bad things occur in a short time, they tend to pack themselves up in a big pile that blocks your way :S

Anyway, The 1 hour runs went ok, like I wrote earlier I’ve been tired, but they have done their part of the job.
When I ran the 2k sessions on the other hand, I came to retchings again. I was running in Västerås and It was in the end of the third 2k interval if I’m not mistaken. I had run a lot upwards and then downwards and when they came I was on my way upward again. Not a big incline, but big enough to keep me working hard to keep up the pace. Like all the times I felt it build up the minute right before. Only way to prevent them is to slow down a lot or stop – and that’s not me, I’m afraid.

I still completed all the intervals, but at lower pace. I recovered the lost 200 meters in the fourth interval instead.

It doesn’t feel good that I have to keep down the pace not to get the retchings. I feel that the strength in my legs and body cope well with the pace..

Today I did the 1k intervals. It was in Gothenburg and like always the winds were present. But I think I did pretty well. I haven’t checked the data yet. I would rather run these intervals on a track to get it exact, but sometimes I don’t have time to do that.

I have also applied for another race – Skärgårdsmilen . It’s a 10k race held on the Islands Hönö and Fotö outside Gothenburg. It’s in two weeks from now on the weekend. The date is 17th April. But I think it will a nice experience to run in the beautiful island nature 🙂

Let’s just hope I don’t come to retchings then. I will really have to see the doctor again about that. I don’t know if I’ve written about it here, but the laboratory tests proved to be perfect. So there’s something else with me. Don’t know whether to be happy or sad about that. It’s good that I don’t have any allergies, bacterias and such. But now it can be something physical that can’t be cured if I’m unfortunate :S

One more thing.. I promise to be better at updating the blog. It’s just that I’ve had a lot going on at home lately with the new child (Julie) and everything. Family must always come first 🙂

Here’s the data from the 8k race two weeks ago

Detailed Garmin data
Link to results of race

Race day – Vårtävling 8k (7777m), Skatås

Lap Distance Time AvgPace AvgHR MaxHR AvgCadence
1 7777 m 30:46 3:57 184 199 92

And todays 1k sessions

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 1.0 3:49 3:48 166 174 91
2 1.0 3:49 3:50 164 178 119
3 1.0 3:52 3:51 171 180 125
4 1.0 3:47 3:47 174 183 132
5 0.997 3:50 3:51 174 185 134
6 1.0 3:49 3:49 175 184 128

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! 😀

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 that  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 😉

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 😉

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