Dragon’s Back Training Week 9

My training hasn’t gone to plan this week. My plan was to have a solid week of my normal training before a single taper week in preparation for the Hardmoors 50 on Saturday 16th March.

In the end I only ran twice on Monday and Saturday but I think it was the correct decision.

Monday 4th March – Club Fartlek Session

  • 71 miles in 1:10:22
  • Ascent – 472ft

My side was still sore after my tumble on Saturday but I don’t want to miss this session so decided to go and see how it was. The warm up was okay. My side was sore but I hoped I’d be able to manage the session which was 10 x 3min with 90secs recovery.

As we did the strides I realised it was going to hurt more if I upped the pace. As soon as we started the session I knew I was in trouble so decided to take it steady rather than pushing hard as I would normally do.

I must admit I didn’t enjoy it much as I was in pain which is never much fun. I completed the session but a lot slower than I had hoped.

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Last week I ran a mile further over the same 30mins of running. I was definitely at the back of the group this week! I’m not sure you can even call the final rep ‘speed work’!

Wednesday 6th March and Thursday 7th March – no runs

I had planned to do my regular Ben Lomond run on Wednesday and my lunchtime Pollok Park run on Thursday but I decided to rest and allow my side to settle down.

With the Hardmoors 50 coming up a week on Saturday I wasn’t going to add anything to my fitness and I would rather get to the race injury free and ready to run than do my planned runs and aggravate it further.

Maybe I’m finally learning in my old age!!

Friday 8th March – Weigh in

  • 11st 6 3/8lbs (same as last week)

I was wondering whether I might have put on a pound or two as I haven’t run as much so I was quite surprised but happy to see my weight exactly the same as last week.

Saturday 9th March – Gleniffer Braes

  • 11.90 miles in 2:31:12
  • Ascent – 1293ft

My side felt so much better so I set off for a run on the Gleniffer Braes as a dress rehearsal for the Hardmoors 50. I wore the gear I plan to race in and carried the same kit I’ll be carrying.

I set off with the plan of covering my 12 mile loop but I gave myself permission to cut it short if my side was hurting too much. Thankfully I was able to run the full route without any problems.

I could feel my side but on a scale of 1-10 it was barely 2. Hopefully by next Saturday all the pain will be gone.

It was very muddy on the route but it was good to be out again after a few days off.

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Summary of the week

Due to my injury I only ran twice this week but it was definitely the right decision especially with the Hardmoors 50 race coming up next Saturday.

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Photo of the week

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