9, 2009 - Good week of training
telling myself that I have to be getting fitter with how hard
training is up here, even if the times are difficult to relate
since you run slower than at sealevel. I keep hearing different
conversions like mile repeats are about 15 secs slower up
here, but I just figure if I run on effort and run as hard
as I can on the days I need to, I will get fitter!
Last week I left
this blog ready to attack 800m repeats, which ended up being
a great effort, but a bit humbling considering I couldn't
run any faster than 2:20 for four of them on eight minutes
rest (would be similar to four minutes rest at sealevel).
I expected to be able to run them at 1500m race pace, but
on that day it wasn't happening. Either way, it was still
a very hard effort, which is the main focus.
However, a couple
days later I had a workout I was a bit more satisfied with
- we did 2 sets of 4x400m with 2 minutes rest and I averaged
67-68 seconds which is more in that 1500m race pace zone.
I felt pretty good that day; I was finally feeling like I
could handle the altitude in hard workouts. So, it was a bit
strange to learn that the blood test I got that afternoon
showed a high white blood cell count, usually indicated some
kind of an infection. I wasn't quite sure what to do with
this news because I was feeling totally normal. Luckily, I
was able to get some good advice from my sports doc to just
go ahead with training if I felt fine; if I got sick, then
I'd know the results were accurate.
But so far I've
been pretty good - thankfully! I did my last really hard track
workout yesterday and had a good one. It was a fast and really
lactic session of 600m/2' rest/200m at 800m race pace and
then a 15' rest, followed by 500m/2'rest/300m at the same
pace. I thought I was going to throw up since I haven't done
much lactic work. I find after a couple I adapt well and it
really helps me get ready for racing.
in the creek.
It was super hot
here yesterday so after the workout we jumped in a creek at
a beautiful local canyon near Sedona - I definitely recommend
checking out the area, it's so amazing.
I only have four
days left here so I'll start to drop my mileage and do one
more workout Tuesday before racing this Saturday in California
at the Carson Adidas Track Classic. I am really excited to
get on the line and start the season off!