Tuesday April 27th
Today was a long day, not neccasarily in a bad way, but long. I had two test scheduled and an oral presentation to give, plus I played a rather intense game of rugby in gym class, all of this with a cold. After school I went to the outdoor stadium, only to find that the practice had been moved to the indoor facility. I started my warmup 20 minutes later than normal, and my total warmup time was probably no more than 15 minutes. I couldn't do most of the warmup drills because I had these horrible blisters on my feet that killed when I did any lateral movement. I was feeling exhausted and unmotivated by the time the workout came around. Enough of my rantings though, onto the workout.
Workout: Intensive Tempo
200, 300, 400, 300, 200
Comments: The workout went suprisingly well! Once I started to run I started to feel better and get energy back. I 4 minutes rest after the 2, about 4:30-5:00 after the 3, 5:00-5:30 after the 5, and similar rest intervals back down. The first two reps were solid, but I didn't expect to run into any trouble there. The 500 I though could be dicey. I was trying to split 36 on the first lap, and bring the last 300 home in slightly less than a minute, to give a time of 1:30-1:35. Well the first 200 felt rather conservative, I figured I had hit the pace pretty close, but I looked at my watch to see :33! I was suprised at how fast I had went with such little effort. Initially I was shocked so I slowed down a bit, but then I started to feel better, so I decided to finish strongly, and I exceded the goal pace by 2 seconds. I was happy about that. The last two reps, my blister really started to act up, and those reps were challenging, but after the 500 they seemed rather short. Did my typical cooldown, with 20 minute post workout stretch.
Right now, I'm really itching to start competing again, and my fitness is where it should be (not to say I'm not striving for more). However the overall state of my body is not where it should be for competition. My body is extremely tight overall, my groin is especially tight, and the pain there doesn't seem to be going away, I'm a touch sick, and don't get me started on my feet (blisters, warts, arch pain you name it)! That's okay though for now. I still have nine days to straighten those things out. My illness should go away shortly, I'm going to start going to physio for my groin. As far as the overall soreness, that can be managed through effective workout planning, however gym class kind of throws a wrench in things, I guess I'll just have to stop being so damn intense and dog it a bit! Tommorrow I'll have to see how I feel, but I won't do anything hard, extensive tempo at most. Thursday I have track with the club, Friday will be an off day likely. Saturday with the club again, hopefully I'll be feeling good enough Sunday to do speed, easy day Monday, Track with Club Tuesday, Easy day Wednesday, and then meet on Thursday.