Under the weather?

Right now I was supposed to be running. A 30k training run, but instead I’m here writing this post.
I feel my body fighting against … something. Can’t really say I’m coming down with X or Y, but I’m just not feeling well. Took my heart rate in rest and came out at about 72, where normally it’s around 55.

So I’m here writing this post and hating it.

As you’ve might have read in my About page I’m father to Faye for about 7,5 months now. Loving it a lot, but with a girlfriend that likes to go cycling and swimming we’re on a tight schedule.

So this morning was my running morning and I’m here writing this post, knowing I can’t go running this weekend.

Convincing myself it’s for the best.
I’m training for a 10k, it’s better skipping your 30k run now, then getting really sick and not be able to go run Monday or Tuesday (intervals!)
If my body gives the signals, I should listen
It’s not so bad, now you can get some extra cooking and cleaning done

But in reality hating every bit of it…

Do you hate skipping a planned run as much as I do?

PS: Every encouraging word about how I made the right choice this morning is welcome =]

Race Recap: Haventriatlon Zeebrugge (June 1, 2013)

This was my first serious race since I picked up running (full back story in the about section).

This is actually 1/8th of a triathlon organised by The Port of Zeebrugge for marketing reasons.
It was the second edition and this year there was a possibility to take part as a threesome.

I teamed up with Lies and Tom who would take up the swimming and biking part.

As I was training some time by then I was very optimistic to settle a nice PR.
Weather conditions were good, I picked out the right set of gear and was feeling confident.

Adrenaline started kicking in way too early, which had me worrying for some part, but I felt confident it would be gone when my time was there.

You know it or not, but running is the last part of a triathlon. That meant I saw the start of Lies, watch her go, watched her return, transfer the chip to Tom and saw him setting of for a 20k bike ride.

With some time gone, the first bikers began coming back and with each chip transfer from biker to runner all around me, my heartbeat rose.

Luckily, Tom was coming. Pumped up as I was, the chip transfer could have gone waaaay better, but there I went. Fast! Too fast!

The aim was sub 20min, which translates into a 4:00min/km pace.
First kilometer … 3:39
Blink-182 was blasting in my ears, but I knew I had to slow myself or I would collapse before the last km.
Somehow I even managed pacing myself as the second km was 3:56.
Legs still feeling good, breathing could be better, dry mouth very present, heart rate way too high.

Third and fourth kilometer I kept on slowing down and a 4:06 and 4:08 km passed.

So this was it, very quick count gave me a margin of 10 seconds.
I knew there was a very heavy 500m coming (wind up front, no cheers yet to help me) so it all came down to stubbornness!
The crowd begin to grow on the sidelines and I had to start looking for Tom & Lies as we meant to cross the finishing line together.

Once spotted I gave the signal to start running as I felt my last strength started kicking in. A last good sprint. Searching hands. Looking at each other. Me pulling them with me, them already starting to catch me. And like that we crossed the finish line.

Final lap: 4:02

Total 5k time: 19:48

It hadn’t been easy, I would face three days of sore muscles, but I made it: my sub 20min 5k!

So happy 🙂

 

 

Playlist was meant to pump me up:

  • Blink-182 – GO
  • Blink-182 – All The Small Things
  • Eminem – Lose Yourself
  • The Opposites – Licht Uit (Coone Remix)
  • Mark With A K – Music Is My Alibi

 

Beach running in the dark

This summer I started running on the beach in loose sand to train for my first trail.
Lacking hills around here I had to do something to get my quads burning…

All in all it did help I think, so after my resting weeks I decided yesterday it was time to hit the beach again.

Only problem was … Daylight saving time kicked in four weeks back.

That meant running in the dark. On the beach.
Not the brightest idea as I ended up tripping more than I wanted to.
On the bright side: I did feel my quads burning =]

Pros about running on the beach:

  • Soothing sea sounds
  • Heavy training without having to get in my car

Cons about running on the beach:

  • When dark: tripping…
  • Far from even underground, not always good for the joints…

Do you have a beach nearby? Do you like beach running or like to stay on the road close by?

Bonus (as I lack pictures for now): a post-run selfie 😉

Post run selfie

Training summary:

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Christmas run Bruges

Next race will be a 10k run in the nice city of Brugge (Bruges) the 12th of december.
I participated last year in this race and really liked the nice setting. It’s running in an almost medieval setting with Christmas decorations everywhere.

The organization could be better, because there are quite a few narrow streets and the start is just *pang* … EVERYONE STARTS RUNNING.
With a growing popularity and more than 2300 starting for the 10k (there’s a 6k as well), this means bottlenecks all over the course.
Last year I managed to speed up in the start so this didn’t bother me and I even got a PR out of it last year. (More of that in a later post)

This year they will be adding a first wave for the first 150 finishers from last year and being #86 myself this means a more comfortable start.

I hope pinching off a few seconds of my PR set last year and ending (just) below 39:30.
My heart already gets pumping only writing about it. 😉

For those interested, website at http://lopenvoorhetgoededoel.be/ (in dutch)

Do you have any races planned in the near future? Tell me!

Hello And Welcome

Hello and welcome…

What better ways to start a blog.

This blog will consist of my running adventures and by extent with running stories, tips, tricks, … for general purpose.

I hope you’ll all enjoy the read. Be sure to leave a comment if you’d like a hit on your blog!

Regards,
Ignace