Month: August 2009
Bank Holiday Monday 31 August, 8.11am.
Very warm, sunny, windy on parts of the lap.
Aimed for a HR-controlled run, reasonable time. Felt it took a while to loosen up and I was feeling the heat. Around 6-7k I found a very gentle jog pace that I could have kept for many miles more – but it wasn’t that fast. Felt like I was light jogging rather than running today.
Lap 1 (4k) – 25:43 (avg HR 143bpm)
Lap 2 (4k) – 27:07 (avg HR 146bpm)
Total (8k) – 52:50 (avg HR 145bpm)
Nokia Sports Tracker measured the 2 laps as 7.99km. Avg pace 6:41 min/km. (Bear in mind the 20 secs to get the thing on my arm at the start and another 20 secs to take it off at the end – it measured my time as 53.30)
Results of blood test for cholesterol and liver function:
Total cholesterol 3.8 – almost same as last test.
Within this, triglycerides are 2.4 – doc would like that below 2.0, but it’s OK.
Liver – bilirubin level is same as last test at 32. This is not excessive but slightly raised. Could be a sign of Gilberts Syndrome, or just naturally raised. Bilirubin is linked to red blood cells. If it drops that’s good; if it stays at 32 that’s OK but may mean if I get an infection I’ll be slightly more jaundiced than I’d otherwise be; if it goes up they’ll need to investigate. Another test in 2 months.
Asked about glucosamine sulphate and cod liver oil tablets to help knee and other joints with my running. Doc said the evidence was inconclusive whether they’re beneficial but neither would harm my low-cholesterol efforts.
Asked about how straightforward a certificate would be for running a marathon in the future. Doc said if they need a cast-iron guarantee I’m fit it’d be a raft of scans and tests and quite costly – there are sports docs that would do it. If it’s just a more general note that I’m in fair health with no known major complaints that’s easier and something he’d be happy to do. Depends to what degree they’re needing proof of fitness.
Saturday 29 August, 9.01am.
Sunny, breezy, mild.
Aimed for a gentle 10k run with low HR and slow time, as I start to taper for the Sheffield 10k on 6/9.
Lap 1 (5k) – 31.23 (avg HR 140bpm)
Lap 2 (5k) – 31.50 (avg HR 142bpm)
Total (10k) – 63.13 (avg HR 141bpm)
Felt good after, still plenty left in the legs.
Nokia Sports Tracker measured it as 9.56km, avg speed 8.97km/h, avg pace 6.41 per km.
Monday 24 August, 6:49pm.
Did a 5k lap of RV, aiming for mid-140s HR and a decent time.
Nokia Sports Tracker measured it as 4.85km.
Time 28:22. Avg HR 145bpm; peak 151bpm.
Fastest ‘5k’ lap yet, and comparable to some 4k laps I did on 15/8.
Would have run another lap but needed to get tea sorted and go shopping 😦
Saturday 22 August, 5.38pm.
A 10k run with Jeff! Hot, sunny, slapped the sun cream on.
Ran a steady pace aiming to do around 60 mins.
My HRM didn’t capture first lap, must have not pressed it properly, or caught the button.
Lap 1 (5k) – timed by Jeff at 30:30
Lap 2 (5k) – 30:35 (avg HR 149bpm)
Total: 61:05 (estimated avg HR 147bpm)
Jeff’s HRM captured the run as 9.5k so we did a bit more, to 64 mins, but we’re checking accuracy.
Felt fine, just hot and thirsty. The run confirmed we’re running the same pace comfortably. Bring on the BGYR 10k!
Friday 21 August, 6.29am.
Cool, sunny, breeze. Had 250ml of water, no gel.
Went for a faster 10k time, still trying to keep within HR but towards my upper training limit of 149bpm. Was aiming to run under 60 mins.
Lap 1 (5k) – 29:04 (avg HR 145bpm)
Lap 2 (5k) – 28:59 (avg HR 150bpm)
Total time – 58:03 (avg HR 147bpm)
Was surprised to knock 4.5 minutes off my 10k PB. Felt tired but fine.
Wednesday 19 August, 6.28am.
Weather mild, sunny, breeze on some parts of the lap.
Did a 10k run, tried to keep HR under control and after seeing a good time for first lap of RV pushed a little to try to get a good 10k time. Drank 250ml on first lap, nothing on 2nd, and had a gel before starting.
Lap 1 (5k) – 31 min 40 sec (avg HR 137bpm)
Lap 2 (5k) – 30 min 54 sec (avg HR 143bpm)
Total time – 62 min 34 sec (avg HR 140bpm, peak HR 149bpm)
Knocked three and a half mins off previous best 10k time. Very pleased. Felt tired but fine. At times my stride lengthened and it felt more like running than the light jogging I’ve been used to; good progress, natural progression.