Oh so tired

Last week, I managed a mere 20 or so miles, after a record 42 miles the week before.

I started the week okay with a pyramind speedwork session at the gym:

2.5min @ 15kph + 30s recovery jog
2min @ 16kph + 1min recovery jog
1.5min @ 17kph + 1.5min recovery jog
1min @ 18kph + 2min recovery jog
1min @ 20kph + 2min recovery jog
Then go back down again (1min@18, 1.5min@17,...).

I actually really enjoyed this, although it was a little tiring. However, come Tuesday night, my tempo run was pretty much anything but that. I really struggled to get my legs going, and came back around a minute off my best pace. I was disappointed by this - not by the time, but by how tired I felt.

Wednesday was club run night, and despite my legs still feeling very tired, I ventured out - stupidly running the 4 miles to the leisure centre we meet up at (although that wasn't too bad). Fortunately there was a good turn-out, and the guys organising it split the runners into a group who wanted to do a fairly fast pace (sub 8min/mile, which I'd normally thrive at) and those who wanted a little more relaxed pace. Being almost completely shot, I opted for the latter - which I think ended up at around 9min/mile pace, and even then I struggled to keep it going for the 7 miles that we ran.

So, I gave myself Thursday and Friday off to recover, and also ended up not doing any significant running over the weekend either (but there was a slightly different reason for that).

I think I'm now fully recovered, but can't work out why my body was so tired last week, unless I'd picked up some sort of virus. I don't attribute it to 42 miles the week before as I was still feeling fine on Monday for the speedwork. Anyway, it's all in the past now and this week has had a good start, although I doubt I will take it much over 35 miles.

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