This week was about getting back to the training program, but my body had other thoughts.
Monday evening I got fever and was resting through Wednesday. On Thursday I went for a walk and did some stretching and yoga which felt quite ok so I tried going to the gym on Friday. I think I pushed it a bit to much and the heart rate didn’t come down that fast after the session.
Saturday was a slow run for 30min followed by and hour of biking, still the heart rate was quite high. Sunday was again walking and yoga to recover.
This week started with a visit to the swimming hall and 1km swim where I was able to crawl for 50m straight. Seems my swimming is getting better. Tuesday was gym and upper body.
Wednesday I went for a test run to try to see which pace I am would be able to keep during Saturday’s marathon.
Thursday was again a gym day for the upper body while Friday was rest day.
Saturday was main race of the year, my first marathon. I went out strong and was able to keep my intended pace for half of the race (despite heavy wind and rain), however right after the second half started my body was not prepared for it. At 23km the pace slowed down and the legs were really hurting. By 29km I had to start walking for short periods of time, there was no energy left in me. Then a energy gel station came up and I was able to keep going.
The last 4km I was able to get the speed up a bit thanks to the pacers and managed to get to the finish line in under 4 hours. Even though the goal was set way lower, with pain and questioning of why I do this I am really happy that I made it!
This week did not go as planned at all. Spent the majority of the week in bed with a nasty flu and finally got back to the gym on Saturday evening.
Sunday evening was the first and last run for the week, therefore it was a long one. Half marathon in slow pace went both good and bad. Good to finally get to move, bad in the legs after half the distance.
Next week my vacation starts, so no update here next week.