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. πŸ˜‰

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

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