Lately I’ve been pretty proud of how I’ve been running. Managing longer distances at faster pace, and feeling great complete with normal heart rate the next day. Yay me.
So when Strava came out with their “Bring back the boom” challenge I signed up. Run 70km in seven days is the idea.
Normally I only sign up for challenges that I’m easily able to do or am doing anyway. But for some reason I figured I should try this one anyway.
“G’head, Chris, push yourself a little, let’s see what you can do. After all, that’s just 10k a day.” Of late I’ve been running 40k a week. So 70 is a big jump.
Of course I don’t have 45 minutes to run every day. And it’s a stupid idea for people like me to run every day. So I figured five 15km runs. How challenging could that be? You don’t have to go hard, you just have to do the distance.
So I’ll cut to the chase after a mere five paragraphs. Wrong wrong wrong. The Running Room clinic people said ‘don’t set inflexible goals like ‘run every day’. Art Kilgour says adaptation and being flexible is essential.
After three long (for me) runs in a row I was starting to feel three or so new twinges – knees thighs and feet. And not the kind that go away.
But I had to make my quota. Today I ran the last 14k (I did 1km extra just in case) after taking two Ibuprophen. This is supposed to be a ‘last resort’.
How much rest it’s going to take for me to get back to full fitness I don’t know. Maybe only a few days. I hope.
But for what? A JPEG on my profile page and a chance to buy a tshirt? What was I thinking?
I’ve been doing a fair bit of running lately. I’m taking a clinic at the Running Room, but apart from that, I run alone. Some people get motivation by running with friends, other runners. Numbers motivate me. Compared to the Timex digital watch I used to use to time myself when I was in high school, modern electronics are tricorders. But they really want an external application, to crunch numbers, analyze data and draw pretty graphs.
Myself I use four: Strava, Garmin Connect, Map My Run and Runkeeper. I know. That’s weird. I have an explanation. Continue reading →