Wednesday, 20 July 2011
The week ...so far.
"When it's pouring down rain and you're bowling through the wet, there's satisfaction in knowing you're out there and the others aren't"
Snell didn't win 2 800 metre golds and a 1500 gold by missing sessions because it was too hot, too cold or raining.
Thinking about racing 1500 metres, I'm sure most coaches stress consistency of effort as a major factor in preparing to be in peak condition to perform as well as possible in championships whatever the level.
So I found it puzzling and frustrating as a viewer of last weekend's European championships to see athletes who have trained for months to race 1500 metres, including one GB athlete who lined up as favourite, only to jog around for 2 laps and then be outsprinted , well beaten by the 800 metre champion, recording a time a fuill 17 seconds slower than her season's best and finishing 7th. Surely best to come back from a championship with a PB whatever your position. But,hey, what do I know.
I do know that Sunday's 13.1 effort was certainly felt on Monday's 4 and Tuesday's 8. Tired, indeed. Testing the resolve.
The weather lately has certainly been testing for us all as we've said but fortunately this morning friend Sally M. and I enjoyed a dry run around the reservoirs. Thanks Sally. Good to have some company for a change; at a pace which was certainly better than the last 2 days. So much so that I think I'll be OK for a race on Saturday.
With a desire to race a half in the next few months I think at least one 10 miler would be a good step up from my frequent 10ks; so all being well I'll do the Elswick Express 10 on the Fylde.
I say all being well because you never know what can happen when out training. For example,
I spoke this morning to a very experienced runner who had fallen when training and had had to have shoulder surgery.
Of course, the task of the self coached is to construct a week of running which bears in mind the days of the week prior and the weekend and week to come. Get the organization wrong, for example, too hard a sesion after a race or a hard long run and injury can occur. The self coached has only himself to blame.
Avoiding set backs through injury at all costs.
I was surprised then to read a comment by one GB international, frequently out of action, who stated that her coach was "excellent at keeping athletes fit when injured" (!) Surely if he was an excellent coach then she wouldn't keep getting injured in the first place. Or perhaps she was just accident prone.
Then again, perhaps I've become too cautious, perhaps I now spread my hard efforts out too thinly, perhaps I've cut down mileage, speed sessions and number of runs per week too much . Maybe, but it's 6 months since I've been forced to miss a day so hopefully that will count for something on Saturday in the first 10 miler for three years but inevitably it'll be the slowest.
But not because I've jogged along "tactically" for 7 miles then changed gear for the last 3 miles ...............like a 1500 metre runner!
MIND YOU IF IT RAINS...................I MIGHT NOT BOTHER !