When to have the first race

Now I have finally uploaded a header for the blog. Not sure how long I will keep it, but for now it will do – I kind of even like it 🙂

Me and TheEd are discussing whether it is better for me to continue with one more three-week period of the build up or to start with the race program. It depends very much on when I actually will have my first race. As it looks now I think my first race will be Vinterspringet (10k, Mariestad) taking place 26th of February. Earlier than that I’m sure the snow and ice will be a big obstacle, and maybe even then – sometimes it snows until late March here in Sweden.

Another big obstacle might be that my wife’s delivery is postponed a couple of weeks. We expect by the 3rd of February (so she’s quite big now – for her. She’s always small anyways :)).

We’ll see what TheEd thinks of that time for the first race considering my programs and all.. Until then I will go on with the sub 40 as planned.

Detailed Garmin data

Day 2, 1st sub 40 10k round
30min easy run

Lap Distance Time Avg Pace Avg HR Max HR Avg Cadence
1 5.69 30:42 5:24 138 155 90

Thoughts about tomorrow’s 4k time trial

Maybe it really isn’t much to speak of – such a trivial thing as a time trial. It’s only to have something to test my current fitness and adjust the upcoming paced runs after.

Well, to me it is a big deal. I have been running slow, easy runs now for over a month, which makes me feel uncertain of my abilities. Sure, I do rely on the coaching I get and that the easy runs lays a good foundation for the coming race training. But something in the back of my head still nags about me not being able to run as fast as I did (39:47) in the Kretsloppet 10k race in August.. At least not until I’ve proved otherwise, anyway 😉

So tomorrow will be an important test for me, other than something to base my paced runs upon. If it shows that I’m in greater shape than I think, it will boost me to continue struggling – and if it tells me that I’m not in as great shape as I used to be, I will try even harder to get back there and over it all.

I believe there’s actually a possibility that my fitness has gotten worse. But to lay a good foundation to reach even higher maybe that was a necessary evil 🙂

Anyway, my plans for tomorrow will be to start out at 3:40 for around 1k, and then take 3:30 pace for 2k’s and end with the last k at 3:20. Don’t know if I will manage, or even get close to the goal, but that’s the plan!

  1. pace 3:40
  2. pace 3:30
  3. pace 3:30
  4. pace 3:20

This will leave me at an avarage of 3:30, which means a total 4k time at 14 minutes. It might be a little high aimed, but I like it that way. I think it’s still reachable if I haven’t lost it all…