Running 13:33 1.93 mi (7:01 / mi) +3m 6:59 / mi
ahr:120 max:136 shoes: Nike Free Run 2 (No.3)
Warm up around Longford Park with Tom and Armand. Keeping my negative thoughts to myself. These were: for the last week I've 'suffering' these symptoms: lack of appetite, weight loss, no desire to train, no desire to race, inexplicable insomnia (normally it has an obvious cause), persistent muscle soreness. I cannot work out if I am 'overtrained', or just stressed with everything. Overtraining would seem odd given that I am not training that hard. Unless it comes from doing more than your 'energy levels' can provide. Anyhow this race was a test. If I ran a stinker, I would see it as overtaining and stop for a few days. If I ran OK, I'd just see it as stress and not stop running but adopt a strategy of just doing so much. My judgement: for the first race in the season, I reckoned I was in 9:15 shape.
Running - Race race (3000) 9:15 3.0 km (3:05 / km) vdot: 64.3
ahr:156 max:166 shoes: Adizero Avanti
Put down 9:05 on the entry form and as a result got put into the B race. Nas put down 8:58 and ran in the A race. Tom predicted this would happen and I listened to him but .... But it was not such a bad thing. Was at the back at 200m, went through the first 400 in 75 and then slowly worked my way through the field. Did the first K in 3:03, the second K in 3:04 and then slowed for the last despite speeding for the final lap. Official time 9:16.11
So am I happy? Well I certainly managed to push myself and race intelligently. And I think I can conclude I am not overtrained, so that is good.
A great night for racing, warm and still. Tom and Armand ran well.
Running 28:46 3.39 mi (8:29 / mi) +25m 8:18 / mi
ahr:120 max:131 shoes: Nike Free Run 2 (No.3)
Warm down round the field with Tom in his spikes, having forgotten his trainers. Opps.