Got into some serious training, despite the sickness and some bodily issues. Cranky knees, plantar tightness, aching back. However as time flies by and as I think every day about my recovery, things started to change. Like my sleeping mat, like my pre and post work, workout habits. Food timing. I restarted using the inversion table every day. The iron, Vit D and folate supplementation starts working too. I had a small 3 weeks off from spirulina, but reordered it too. I also did stop the morning high fat coffee for 3 weeks, but got back into it.
At the end, while I still would need a couple of hours of extra sleep, my recovery is fantastic. No more issues and I can keep on training. The last 3 weeks block was fantastic in case of running. I went through speed and interval sessions with a lot of difficulties to maintain the predicted speed and form, but managed to pull them off, without breaking down. I am entering a VO2 phase for 2 workouts this week, but it will be a little bit less demanding, as I am more likely a slower but higher volume runner. The speed I get out from my training doesn’t translate to the speed of my races. As an example of my last half marathon, my most demanding and fastest training was 10 x 1km at 3:45/km for a 3months block. I finished the race with a 3:35 avg-speed what is 10sec faster per kilometer.
The regularity and the constant work what does conclude to confidence. If I pull off an uninterrupted serious training block, with a great taper, yes I can run faster and better. Then build on it !
November is off and away. December already started. I am not a Christmas guy. Pigging out and laying on the couch is not my thing. Christmas dinners and family gatherings neither. I love my family all day every day and don’t need occasion to get together. It can happen anytime. So as always, xmas for me will not interrupt training at all.