....I always enjoy my track sessions, in fact it's just about my favourite training day. So what went so terribly wrong today?
I had 12 laps (about 5km) to run at heart rate of 85%, gradually raising heart rate during the first 2 laps, after a 2km warm-up, some drills & strides. Time each 2 laps.
Warm-up fine - except for an attack from a magpie - drills, strides, short break for a drink......all good, out onto the track & off!
After 6 laps I couldn't take another step, so I sat in the middle of the track & cried - out loud - with frustration & disappointment that I could run no further. This has never happened before, why now? Time to take up synchronised knitting? I cried & worried all the way back to the car & then sent Ewen a text message telling of my plight & looking for explanation & consolation!
I wonder if stress can sometimes have a negative effect on running performance? We've had a week or so with some stress due to a neighbour reluctant to co-operate in repairing a common dividing fence. I'm finding that the older I become, the more these sorts of things impact on well-being than they did when younger & took things less to heart & more in our 'stride'.
Anyhow the miserble results were 2km warm-up + 3km on track = 5km
Time on track 20 minutes. AHR =76%; MHR = 82%.Each 2 laps = 5:16; 5:16; 5:44.