Steady week of training with two workouts per day focusing on tempo runs, increasing the distance from 12 minute tempo runs to 24 minute tempo runs in preparation for the longer events ahead.
Needed to take a knee after Nationals for one to heel my achilles but also due to some chest pain and shortness of breath. It's been three weeks now since the initial symptoms and after several tests and some down time I am feeling like my old self again. Through the tests the data seems to point to pushing past my limits at Nationals. Go figure, going out with Cam for the first k was a little over my pay grade.
Now with some rest I am back building my mileage back up with short tempo runs and controlled interval pacing. Initially the first few tempo runs were topping out at around 9 minute pace but we've been able to get that down to 7:30 pace with all signs pointing to continued improvement.
Also positive the achilles is responding well with the reduced load and we are running almost at full strength.
The journey continues prepping for National XC in November and possibly the Toronto Marathon in October with a possible event at the Edmonton Marathon weekend as a training event.
Having been working through injury these past many months, my plan is too reduce the pace of my formal workouts and focus on short tempo runs.
I will also look to take the old school Cam Levins approach to this with two to three workouts per day as time permits and then when the aerobic fitness is back where I see it needing to be, slowly increase the speed of the formal workouts.
To start many of these workouts will be walking to allow the body time to heal and transition.
Heading into the call room before event at Nationals was a little like being a kid in a candy shop, spiking up with Cam Levins and the group before heading out to the track. Would have been good to have had a better run up to the event training wise but there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity to toe the line with Cam.
Crossing the line a few laps behind Cam and the field, I had the chance to shake Cam's hand, wish him luck and mention, "it was his fault I was racing the event", he seemed confused by my comment, "thank you?" he says:-)
With the goal event complete it will be time to heal with walking and base training to prepare for the fall cross season.
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