My legs are fatigued. They feel heavy and tight and like they don't want to run up any more hills. But these legs are going to have to suck it up, because there is another 6.5km run scheduled for tomorrow before rest day Friday. And then 12.8km scheduled for Saturday. Eep.
I'm not sure exactly why my legs are suffering so much, but I think it's a combination of factors. They pulled up fairly sore from last Saturday's long run, which granted was fairly hilly. I think the gardening work is what has really done them in though, because I'm rarely sore in the hamstrings (always in the quads), and it's the hamstrings that are feeling the worst of it right now.
On Monday I ran 4.8km in 29:45. It was a relatively flat course, but it was pretty warm and sunny, because I ran it after work (not having dragged my butt and sore legs out of bed in the morning). Yesterday I did the cycle commute, 15km to work and 18km home via a detour with a couple of extra hills - perhaps this wasn't the greatest plan given the leg situation. But those awesome downhills just make the uphills worth it, don't they?
This morning I managed to drag my weary self out of bed on time (despite the soreness and despite the lack of sleep because I went to bed late after watching crap TV AGAIN), and did 6.21km in 38:13. The program actually calls for 6.4km, but my loop ended there and I couldn't be stuffed running up and down my street to make up the distance. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with that pace, which averages out at 9.7km/hour. I'd like to get up to 10km/hour or 6 minute km pace, and it's moving steadily in that direction. Lap times were as follows:
Those first couple of km's were fast! They were also downhill... but they were still fast.
I am pondering throwing in a strength session at the gym tonight, but I also might just go home and collapse in a heap. I am seriously so buggered I can't think straight this morning. Lucky Bossman is still in NZ I suppose.