Tuesday, July 26, 2016

July 18th-24th Training

Monday: 7.5 miles (7:45); 6.3 miles (6:59)

Tuesday: 9.2 miles with 4xhill blasts (7:34); 6.8 miles (7:02)

Wednesday: 9.5 miles with 2x800m with 400m jog.  Plan was 4x800m because I was pushed for time because of practice and the goal was to run faster than last time (2:23ish), with 1/2 the recovery jog.  First one was 2:24 and got a little bit tough and the second I really struggled on and ran 2:23.  I wasn't sure if I had time for four anyway and I was absolutely dead. On each of the two, I felt good for the first 300-400m before rapidly getting worn out.  Made a doctor's appointment when I got home.

Thursday: 11.2 miles (6:46); 5.4 miles (7:23)

Friday: 8 miles (7:34); 5.2 miles with strides (7:44)

Saturday: 9.5 miles with four mile race in 21:52. Plan was to just get the win and I was pacing Alex Ponce to run 5:30ish pace. I had a small lead at two miles but noticed the guys in third and fourth passed Alex.  I didn't want one of them catapult to me, so I ran a 5:09 third mile to build a 20ish second lead, followed by backing off the last mile; 5.4 miles (7:24)

Sunday: 17.6 miles (6:52). Met Sean Brown, who has the same exact marathon time as me and recently moved into town.  We ran with Hunter Hall and Alex Payne for a few miles before they branched off. I was planning on running 20 but after 14-15 miles, I was feeling like garbage and had a death march the last mile.  Easily, the most worn-out I've been after a run all year.

Week Total: 101.6 miles. Rough week because I wanted to be a few weeks into my speed work phase but I haven't done a single workout I'm happy with yet.  I ended up getting my blood tests back and my iron was fine, which surprised me.  However, my hematocrit and hemoglobin have taken a big nose dive, my RDW was the highest I've ever seen it and my MCV was the lowest I've ever seen it.  Looks like a case of anemia for me, which happened two summers ago, which was diagnosed as hemolytic anemia.  Maybe it's the same thing again but this will cramp my style for a while.

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