Friday, January 14, 2011
It was a not a good Time Trial this morning... not very successful I'm afraid. I drove to the soccer field knowing the grass was long and the field bogged with water, but I wasn't expecting the jungle that had grown in two days! Nevertheless, I decided to give it a go rather than run on the road at this stage especially as my knee seems to be going well on the grass surfaces.
I was about half way through the warm-up when a teacher and a groundsman arrived to mow the field. Knowing me as well as they do, they offered to cut a track around the field first for me to use. Now, wasn't that a thoughtful thing to do! So much better than ploughing through the watery jungle. After that, all I had to do was manoeuvre where there were bogs and small lakes!
This is what I should have done:
5km @ 6:23 pace
This what I did:
3km @7:09 pace
1 lap walking cool-down
By 3km in the Time Trial I'd 'had it' and I couldn't see any advantage in continuing getting slower and slower and achieving nothing more than wearing myself out more than I already was! First TT since September last year! Heat, humidity, bogs and grass had 'done me in'!
I began the workout wearing water running shoes with socks but removed them after the warm-up by which time they'd become choked with grass and water-logged. I was moving slowly enough without the extra weight!.
Hopefully, I'll do better next Friday's Time Trial. Sunday's long run is 13km....can I run round and round and round for that distance? We'll see!
For now, I'm OK with the result.