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.
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 on 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 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 spiraled 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!