Ultimate Running Date #39

July was a massive month of running.

August was also going to be big, but not as intense.

First was my race at Peaks & Trails. This would be my last long run before Surf Coast Century.  Being a race it also gives me a good indication of how things will go when race day rolls around.

Club Runs

With club runs the day after I do my long run, it’s always hard to perform well.

I only missed 1 club run in August, and that was the Rupanyup 8km ‘Jacks Track’ run.  This was the day before my Peaks & Trails Run, so I took it as a rest day from running and worked instead (so I could have the Sunday off).

One day I will do this run, and race it, as it’s a flat fast course.  One day.

The Horsham Physio & Podiatry saw us run a new track.

It was a 2 lap course, and it was fun, but it wasn’t a course you could go fast on, it was very bendy.

I found as soon as I got into a rhythm there would be another turn.

The run I was most impressed with how I performed was the 8km Stawell Toyota Handicap.  I had run 24km the day prior, so I had heavy tired legs.

Jess and I run at the same pace.  She’s a keen (green) runner.  I knew that I wouldn’t be able to keep up with her, but she didn’t do a mega run the day before.

The time difference between me and Jess ended up being only 19 seconds.  Not much at all in the end.

The worst run I have had in a long time was the 10km Run for Ray Memorial Run.

When I woke up that morning something didn’t feel right.  Unsure if it was from my trail run the day before, dehydration or something else.  After discovering I had a normal temperature, I just put it down to my trail run the day prior.

Things were going ok, I was happy with my pace and how I was tracking.  After the 5km mark, something wasn’t right, I felt awful. My pace was slowing down and my breathing was all over the place.

Crossing the line with a sub 50 I felt shit house.  My breathing still wasn’t under control.  A few puffs of Miles’ asmol and I felt some relief. Still, something wasn’t right.  I hid in the car trying to get my breath back.

By the time we got home, I had hot and cold shivers, I would hardly walk and my energy was 0.

Things had spiralled downhill quickly.  Taking my temperature it was now at 38° and rising. Collapsing into bed that’s where I stayed for the rest of the weekend.

August Running Statistics

Distance – 146km
Total Hours – 17
Longest Distance 
– 26 km
Number of Activities 
– 19

The last week of August was a right off.  I lost 20km in that last week, while I took it off to recover from the virus that turned into a head cold.

Overall Running Statistics

Total Running Distance – 927 km
Monthly Average – 115.88 km
2017 Kilometre Prediction – 1390 km

September will see my next big event, leg 3 of Surf Coast Century, which is happening next week!

Then I shall be on holiday and take it easy before I start my new training plan for my next event. Gold Rush run in December.  I volunteered at this event last year due to my injury, so I’m really looking forward to this event.

See you next month, Happy Running!

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