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Marathon Training — Week 15, Day 5
23K Medium-Long Run
I got a pretty good run in despite having a bit of a cold. I didn’t feel bad on this run, but I wouldn’t say that I felt 100 percent. Everything was just a little bit harder today, and my pace was slower than it normally would be.
It’s a holiday here, for Good Friday, so there were lots of people out and about enjoying a beautiful day. This included someone in my neighbourhood playing banjo on the rooftop — which is a bit out of character for the fairly conservative area where I live.
My heart rate monitor screwed up on me again. I don’t know why it keeps doing this. it got about 19K in and then it just dropped real low. I think I’ll just stop using it seeing as I don’t really rely on the data anyway.

Marathon Training — Week 15, Day 5

23K Medium-Long Run

I got a pretty good run in despite having a bit of a cold. I didn’t feel bad on this run, but I wouldn’t say that I felt 100 percent. Everything was just a little bit harder today, and my pace was slower than it normally would be.

It’s a holiday here, for Good Friday, so there were lots of people out and about enjoying a beautiful day. This included someone in my neighbourhood playing banjo on the rooftop — which is a bit out of character for the fairly conservative area where I live.

My heart rate monitor screwed up on me again. I don’t know why it keeps doing this. it got about 19K in and then it just dropped real low. I think I’ll just stop using it seeing as I don’t really rely on the data anyway.

Definitely have a cold

It’s not too bad — so far. I’m hoping that it passes without getting much worse. I’m going to stick with my running workouts unless I get to the point where it feels like I’m pushing myself too hard. To compensate for the energy expended on running I’m going to spend most of the rest of my time in bed. 

After deciding on this course of action I found a good Runner’s World article that addresses running with a cold. It says:

David Nieman, Ph.D., who heads the Human Performance Laboratory at Appalachian State University, and has run 58 marathons and ultras, uses the “neck rule.” Symptoms below the neck (chest cold, bronchial infection, body ache) require time off, while symptoms above the neck (runny nose, stuffiness, sneezing) don’t pose a risk to runners continuing workouts.

So I should be good, so long as it doesn’t progress to my chest.

Marathon Training — Week 15, Day 4

18K With 5 x 1200 @ 5K Race Pace

1200s are long intervals — at least for me.

I’d never done such long intervals, so I wasn’t expecting them to go well — especially because speed is not my strength as a runner. And some of my shorter intervals haven’t gone that well over the last few weeks.

But in spite of my worries, I hit my pace on each interval. I’m a little surprised, but obviously happy with that.

I’m pretty sure now that I am coming down with a cold. So, I’m going to take it easy. I’m going to try to maintain my prescribed mileage, but I’m going to get as much rest as possible. I’ll probably also drop my strength training workouts seeing as I was planning to drop them for my taper beginning next week anyway. Hopefully nothing becomes of this cold.

I’m at that point in training where I’m paranoid about getting sick. I had a bit of an itch in my throat when I woke up that made me think, maybe I might have the sort of potential to possibly begin to get sick.

Usually when I feel like this, nothing becomes of it. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I got so much as a cold. But I visited my grandmother who has a chest cold yesterday, so that has me a bit worried.

But just to be safe I’m going into paranoid germaphobe mode. I’ll be using hand-sanitizer like crazy and avoiding crowded spaces.

This is what I’ll look like by marathon day:

Marathon Training — Week 15, Day 3

10K Recovery Run (AM)

6K Recovery Run (PM)

I felt so-so on these runs.

It was cold and raining for my morning run; in the evening it was just cold — so an improvement.

I considered meeting up with my running group for my evening run, but it seemed like too much of a hassle. I’m tired and I just wanted to get my run in. Which I did. So I’m happy.