Marathon training – week 4 of 14 (taking it easy)

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This was my first easy week, although it’s hard to consider it that way, after the day I’ve just had, and my aching feet. For three days this week I just had to run my bread-and-butter 40 minute easy run; on Tuesday I did a power test at the track that was really just a check-in to make sure I hadn’t gone super strong or super weak in the last few weeks, and on Friday I had my lactate threshold test, which was only stressful if you count the worry that you might fall on the treadmill and be thrown at 14 km/h into a couple of chairs and a desk.

Yesterday I didn’t even have a run scheduled, but then this morning, after a night of drinking wine and eating vast amounts of cheese, I got up at 6 (following a horrible dream about nothing in particular apart from existential dread) and ran for two hours. Well, I ran with a friend for the first hour, and he made me go too fast, and then the cheese took its toll and I had to jog/waddle/run to the toilets at East Coast Park, lest something dreadful happen, and after that near-miss I ran back home. So that was a half-marathon distance under my belt before breakfast. Then this evening after the kids were down, I went for another 30 minute run to finish the day. So the week started easy, got hard pretty fast at the end.

My track test showed I was 2-3 watts weaker than last time, so I’m not paying much notice to it (the last test wasn’t while I was coming off two weeks of 80+km) although I did manage an extra half-lap of the track in the same 30 minute period. So I guess I’m getting ever-so-slightly better.
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Heart rate zones – as this graph shows, I did an awful lot of low-heart rate work this week (55% in zone 1). Quite a bit of that was from this morning’s run, but not all of it. And I definitely went too hard this morning, as the power chart shows (should have been negligible in zone 3 and above):
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Must. Hold. Back.

But otherwise uneventful. No smashing my phone, no almost picking a fight with a man on an electric scooter, no mindbendingly slow 7-minute kilometre runs. I hope that means I’m going to be fresh for the next couple of weeks of headbanging madness.

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