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The Kids are sick again

December 6, 2009

Now I know what people mean when they say you’ll KNOW if you get H1N1.  If someone says they might have had it, or they ‘think’ they had it, they didn’t have it.   You’ll KNOW if it’s H1N1. It hits hard and it’s very taxing on the respiratory system.   After 4 days of not even leaving my house and then another 4 days of doing no more than a little walking I went for a 25 minute run.  My legs felt noticeably weak from lying in bed for two straight days.  I’ve run a couple of times since and my body is feeling much better now.  I’m still waiting for all my congestion to clear before I do anything more than an easy run.

Although I missed the National Cross-Country Championships I’m very happy with the way my season went.  I would classify my fall season as a transition from marathon to 10km fitness.   I still have a long ways to go before I’m hitting the workouts I need to hit to run a good 10 000m but I’m further ahead than I thought I would be by this point.  The H1N1 was only a minor setback because I really didn’t take off more time than I normally would after the season. And as long as I’m working out by the end of this week I’ll be right back on track.

I know some people like to read training details… The last workout I did before I went to Japan was a good indicator that I was ready to run 13:40.  I did it alone on the track and had Andrew Yorke, dressed in a sweet suit, calling out splits.  The workout was 6 X 1000m with 90 seconds rest and then 4 X 400m with 90 seconds rest and 3 minutes between the km’s and 400’s.  2:50, 2:50, 2:48, 2:48, 2:48, 2:45, 65, 64, 62, 60.  The first five 1km repeats were very controlled as well as the first few 400 repeats.   I got it going a little for the 2:45 and 60 but I was cautious to not leave my race in that workout.  It all ended up going according to plan as I felt good for race day and ran 13:38.

The plan for the next few months is to continue running good mileage (many weeks in the 180-200km zone) and concentrate on strength and endurance type workouts.  Once again I’ll do a few indoor races to help with my leg speed, break up the training and just have some fun.  

I’m not sure if these are Japanese super heroes or parking police?

I went for a couple of hikes when I was recovering from H1N1 just to get out of the house.

One Comment
  1. Skuj permalink
    December 7, 2009 1:47 am

    Well, congrats on 2009. Especially since 2008 was annus horribilis, or something like that.

    Don’t hate me for this, but did you get your h1n1 shot? NVM.

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