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My Past Two Weeks in Review

April 22, 2010

I ran 5.108k last night at E-Pace, or so I thought.  My E-Pace ranges from 5:25 – 5:40, mpk and for the past several months, I would do my easy runs at 5:30 mpk.  Last night, I finished my run in 28:28, with an average pace of 5:34 mpk, certainly within my E-Pace.  However, I got alarmed when I reviewed my heart rate data.  My average heart rate was 169 and my peak heart rate was 186.  Just two months ago when I ran my 48:26 10k at the Century Tuna Run, my average heart rate was also 169 but my peak heart rate was only 182.

The decline in my fitness was expected.  After the Century Tuna Run, I decided to take a few weeks’ rest from running.  My definition of ‘rest’ was a weekly mileage of about 25 km.  Thus, from February 22 to 28, I logged a total of 24.689 km.  The following week, or from March 1 to 7, I logged 24.159 km.  Then, from March 8 to 14, I logged 27.94 km.  Everything was going according to plan and I thought I was all set to begin my 11-week 21k training program.  You see,  I was planning to run the 21k event of the RunRio Nature Valley Run scheduled on May 30.   Based on my training plan, I should be able to finish it in 1:42.

Unfortunately, I got bogged down by a host of injuries.  First was my ankle injury as discussed in The Good News.  This limited my mileage to 16.093 km for the week of March 15-21.  Then came my knee injury, which made me abort a 7k easy run only 2.83 km (I mentioned this in The Art of Cross-Examination and some of you may have noticed the odd mileage… now you know why) into the run. That was my mileage for the entire week of March 22-28.

Fortunately, with the help of my trusty knee brace, I was able to log 12.38km the following week.  With my knee injury showing signs of recovery, I thought that I could still pull off my 21k training plan, with some minor adjustments in view of the couple of weeks lost.  But it was not to be.  A combination of work, vacation and play practically ended my dream of doing a sub-1:45 21k at the Nature Valley Run.  In fact, I decided to scrap my plan to run the 21k event altogether.  But no regrets.   The following images would tell the story of my past two weeks.

April 7-9:  Bella Rocca with the fam, where I was able to squeeze in a round of golf and a short easy run.

April 12-16:  Tournament Week

Monday – Metroclub Monday League Bowling.

Wednesday – Day 1 of the Don Celso Tuason Cup

Thursday – Inter-Law Bowling at SM MOA

Friday – Day 2 of the Don Celso Tuason Cup

April 17-18: Office outing at Subic

All in all, not a bad two weeks.  Now time to get back to my running.