19th with a Cold – Week Beginning 27 November

Sunday 3rd December 2017

I nearly didn’t race. Unable to sleep any later than 7:30 on Saturday morning due to the lingering effects of a cold, I picked up my phone to let my club I wouldn’t be competing. At this point I realised it was far too early to be trying to get in touch with anyone and decided to give it an hour or two. Four slices of toast, two cups of coffee and one hot shower later I actually felt reasonably human again and decided that I probably wasn’t going to do myself any harm by running. So I did.

That I came 19th in a Birmingham League whilst feeling under the weather says a lot about how far I have come. I got dropped on the steep climbs and lost places and had to run hard on the less aerobically demanding downhill sections to make them back up. Now I wonder what I can do in better circumstances.

One more race this year – Telford 10k next week.

My Week

Monday: AM 8km easy / PM 12km easy, drills and hurdles (20)

Tuesday: AM 10km easy / PM road session 10*500 off 60s. 6*30s hill reps (26)

Wednesday: 16km easy (16)

Thursday: 10km with 10:00 tempo (10)

Friday: rest (0)

Saturday: Birmingham League XC, Stoke, 19th (16)

Sunday: 16km easy (16)

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